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Old 06-08-19, 11:20 AM
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Please help me Remember this Road Bike Model- Space Theme......

Sometime in the 1980's to 90's there was a Road Bike that had a space theme... Something like a Ross (I don't think it was a Ross) called the astronaut, satellite or something similar.

If I recall it was dark blue or black, had lots of holes drilled on the crankset (panto, but not really).

Any help would be appreciated.

-John
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It's the Viscount Aerospace!

I've been trying to remember this for two days.
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Originally Posted by jmlandry77 View Post
It's the Viscount Aerospace!

I've been trying to remember this for two days.
I know where you can get a Lambert Professional, predecessor of the Viscount!
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I think it is a cool classic to look at. However, there is a death fork that may or may not be replaced and the bottom bracket spindles are not replaceable.
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Well, there's also the 1982 Bridgestone line. Lots of space-y stuff going on there.
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Originally Posted by jmlandry77 View Post
I think it is a cool classic to look at. However, there is a death fork that may or may not be replaced and the bottom bracket spindles are not replaceable.
Two different Death Forks, one near-death fork, and the Tange substitute. Mine came with the Tange, but has since been replaced with the near-death.
Several different spindles, the tapered ones are replaceable thanks to the fine folks at Phil Woods.
It's a cool classic to ride as well.
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Viscount for sale on my local CL. I think there is a Lambert as well.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...907303874.html
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No Lambert now but there was one recently.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Well, there's also the 1982 Bridgestone line. Lots of space-y stuff going on there.
"Regulus ... for the more than you bargained for star of our show."

omg.



Reminds me of Chevalier (Jermaine Clement) in the film, Gentlemen Broncos ...

Chevalier: You. Give me the name of one of the protagonists in one of your fantasies.

Skinny Boy: Nebekenezer.

Chevalier: Oh. Very original. I've heard that one before. But don't worry, need thou not be afraid, for we can turn a humdrum, forgettable name like Nebekenezer into something magical like this

[pause]

Chevalier: Nebekoronius. And it's that easy. We can add 'onius,' 'ainous,' or anous,' to just about anything and it becomes magical.
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I think that one still has the death fork. Minneapolis to Richmond VA, ROADTRIP!
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Thanks for the link! The Sirrus would look nice next to my Space Shuttle Pinball mach.
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Originally Posted by jmlandry77 View Post
I think that one still has the death fork. Minneapolis to Richmond VA, ROADTRIP!
No need for a road trip, if you're 5'4" or so...
https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/r...891342831.html
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Originally Posted by jmlandry77 View Post
It's the Viscount Aerospace!

I've been trying to remember this for two days.
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I think it is a cool classic to look at. However, there is a death fork that may or may not be replaced and the bottom bracket spindles are not replaceable.
1976 Aerospace Pro, with original gen 3 ally fork.
(And yes- these bikes are linked to the aerospace industry)
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After years of reading and ballyhooey stories about the bikes and company(s) (Lambert/Viscount - Trusty Mfg. England and then Yamaha for US Distribution), I couldn't resist in experiencing one. Too often we hear or read of these very bikes from those whom never owned let alone ever test ridden one.

I think this model and year was their zenith. Last of the English made before Taiwan production Viscount bikes.

Its most impressive, especially what they were dumping them for back then ($199.00 in the US). Even today, could be had for cheap but one should be ready for doing a complete rework without any consideration of a bike shop. An understanding and patience is needed and not ham fisted nor accept any reason that its not serviceable.

What's not to like of these sleeper bargain bikes? Starting out with a decent handbuilt fillet brazed frame, sporty geometry with a classic radius fork end. They have a factory powder coat, which make them hold a finish better than any. Embellishments show just enough and present as classic with a touch of gold pin line between the two tone finish. Lots of polishing needed if one wants to keep up the pretty ally components.

I found this one complete and unmolested but it really needed a major overhaul and deep clean. Took a methodical approach and in wanting a super reliable and a bit different than the next Aerospace Pro.

Without doubt, I certainly didn't want to destroy its character and its elements that most others cringe or cried about. That being it would retain the fork and bottom bracket.

All the sealed cartridge bearings were replaced and easily sourced on Amazon. Front and rear hub bearings ARE not the same. The bottom bracket was a fairly simple ordeal too, quite actually could be done without any fancy jigs or press. By the way, 'all bearings' including headstock bb's could be had for under $20. Having an early lightweight as this with cartridge bearings is pretty cool.

By 1976, the company was sourcing some components where in the past was in house but with problems. Example are the pedals, of which these are original spec SR and so I decided to also use an SR Laprade seatpost to replace the Birmalux and junky clamp. Also believe in 78 they did use SR Laprade.

Next, was changing out the quirky Shimano for quality Suntour V Luxe and V Compe shift goodies. Same for the freewheel and went with a fine Suntour 888. This machine is dialed-in classic down tube shifting fun. Both levers back for low gears, both forward for high speed. The rear dropouts have no axle stops so I highly recommend adding slot stops or the like. Mine are DIY.

The brakes are comical ugly and crude for a bike of this 'caliper' but are beefy and work remarkably well, thanks to the replacement Kool Stop salmon inserts and stiff sidewall rims. Apparently the levers were made by GB and these retain the old company Lambert name.

The 27in clinchers used a minimalistic and soft walled Birmalux rim but option for this model was 700c tubular.
I rebuilt these wheels using butted Sapim stainless spokes and 700c Super Champion Mixte tubular/clincher rims. Currently fitted with Panaracer 270 tubulars. Its not close to ever being a race day wheelset but a very neat all around sporty feel, greatly sharpened up the transition vs slug 27 inchers. One knows the ride feel from an aluminum fork, even yet riding with tubular rubber.

Saddle is a 70's in 'suede baby' San Marco 512X, with undermount Vittoria spare tubular tire quick release.

And for what little it matters or boast of, this bike as depicted weighs 23 lbs 12 oz..

In summary as a collector bike I would rank these bikes as high for what they achieved AND failed. Setup right, thoroughly sorting and with important component consideration, these make for terrific fun bikes. No fear, I have and will continue to ride this one for long day miles.

The storyline for not only its short history but its success in racing. Then consider how they took with a tubing supplier that never in the past was used for cycling application, let alone race. Earliest of the company further went to make their own components! Few dared that back then, though Zeus comes to mind. Marketing was pretty sexy and wild too but timing and misreading economics, poor rap in reputation early on made for its doom.


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Spectacular example of a very cool bike.
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Very nice. No doubt rebuilt w/ love. Great descriptions, I agree about the centerpulls.

I am going to keep my eyese open for one of these on CL.


All the best!

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I have one of these in my project bike pile. I will pull it out and rebuild it one day.
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Almost 43 years ago, in September '76, riding my college roommate's '75/76 Viscount Aerospace Pro was an enlightening experience for me. His was a gray/black 23" frame. I quickly sold off my all-steel Fuji Special Tourer, and upgraded to the (mostly) alloy-equipped Fuji S-10S that I still have (and enjoy) today.
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Another lover of the Lambert here, despite remembering all too well the disaster they were back in 1973.

In my case, I got lucky. The frame I found was one of the early ones that uses a standard English threaded bottom bracket. No worries about having to deal with snapped spindles, or fudging some kind of universal bottom bracket made for bikes where the threads are stripped out.



In my case, I've slowly been returning the bike to it's Lambert original, and discovering that the performance has slowly but surely deteriorated with the replacement of every aftermarket part with a family original. In the bike's defense, the previous owner raced the frame and had built it with what was in his eyes the best available that he could afford for racing. So it's almost inevitable that the stock components were going to be a step backwards - I don't think there was a 1973 part on the frame when I got it.

Still need hubs and the rear derailleur (ha, ha, ha, ha, ha !!!!!!!) to complete the bike.
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Since my mom taught me that rule about only saying nice things... I like the chainrings.
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$159? I'll take two! Must be free shipping.

Thanks for the reply's! I'm updating my profile TONITE!
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