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Old 09-14-20, 07:51 AM
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I thought that I might have the oldest Falcon in this parade, but it may be that (based on the fork crown) branko_76 's could be about the same, or older.







^^^ These are the front and rear dropouts it has: "Stallard" pattern, 5 mm thick, and cut very square. It had a BB grease fitting, and does not have Reynolds 531, but seamed tubing taking a 26.4 mm seat post; weighs 3.6 kg. Nice ride, though. Has been rattle canned, no decals or headbadge, but the holes in the head tube fit a Falcon metal headbadge perfectly. That, plus the distinctive wrapover seat stay terminals convinces me that it's a Falcon. It evidently had chromed socks on the fork. Came with Huret shifters, a nice chromed Stronglight steel headset (or English clone thereof) that is the only original component on it now, a steel Resilon front hub and a TDC cottered bottom bracket.
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Old 09-14-20, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Charles Wahl
I thought that I might have the oldest Falcon in this parade, but it may be that (based on the fork crown) branko_76 's could be about the same, or older.
That’s very orange!

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Old 09-14-20, 03:58 PM
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1972 Merckx Falcon
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I had one around ~2015? Did not take a lot of pictures, build was meh aesthetically but rode good even with cheap Shimano r501 wheels (on the heavy side, they were r501, decals are wrong) and only pic I have is potato quality. If I recall correct - I built it with Ritchey fork and threadless headset, pretty sure it was 105 5700:
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Damn. I've always wanted a Falcon. Haven't seen one for sale anywhere around me for at least the last 5 years or so.
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Here are as-found photos of the early 60's Black Diamond that I just shared on another thread.





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Old 09-14-20, 08:34 PM
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...and here are some photos of my early-70's example.





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Old 09-14-20, 08:48 PM
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Not certain of the model, probably started out as one of the Molteni orange Merckx's

...when I bought it:




...after some work:


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Old 09-14-20, 08:51 PM
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Nicer San Remo, before restoration:

...these were the top of the line when this was first sold:




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Just picked up my first new old bike in several years. A Falcon Olympic. Plain gauge 531 mains, arabesque shifters and front derailleur with lower tier later model Shimano sis rear. Lots of patina, lots of filth. Looking forward to getting back in the saddle. I'm guessing late 70's early 80's.
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Old 10-30-20, 04:18 PM
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Have fun fixing that. It looks quite like my Black Diamond.
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I'd thought I'd posted this, but didn't see it.

As found vs how I'm using it now.





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Hopefully mine cleans up as well as yours has.
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Originally Posted by rgver
Hopefully mine cleans up as well as yours has.
Top of the fork crown is pretty badly flaked, but all I did to clean everything else was a couple squirts of Boeshield T9 chainlube and a soft cloth.
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Old 05-18-21, 05:10 PM
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Took some pics of my '87 the other day.


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Old 05-18-21, 05:26 PM
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Old 05-27-21, 12:14 AM
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Not sure how I missed this thread! Here is my 73/4 San Remo I believe model 94 based on opinions and observations from members on here and scouring the internet and catalogs I have downloaded.

Got it in October last year (2020) originally for my kid to ride but it ended up being my main bike. I love that its British (mom) and has a Maryland bicycle registration sticker from75 (I lived in MD mid 80s-90s) and we connected out here in SoCal all these years later, so it feels like its meant to be.

I love the ride and have put about 550 miles on it in the 6 months or so since selling my Trek to a member here.

Its currently on modern 27s from another bike but the Mavic 700s it came with (look like 80s wheels with price tags under the rim tape) will be going back on it. Cinelli bars and stem, Zeus headset, Universal brakes, Campy deraileurs and shifters, Sugino Mighty crankset, Zeus seatpost (changed to longer Strong Japan 27.0) and it had a Cinelli Unicantor seat but it wasnt very comfy so I put the same Origin8 seat I have on my other bikes.










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Today, I finished a complete rehab of my Falcon San Remo.

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Catching up on posts and smearing these pics all over the forum

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Old 09-13-22, 10:19 AM
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So I've finished rebuilding my 1978 Falcon Black Diamond. It rides pretty well, needs a little tinkering with the gears but otherwise all good. https://falconrestorebike.wordpress.com














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Went from trying to sell my Falcon last year to now investing $300+ in a new wheelset and tires.



It just needed black rims and pedals.
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1990/91 Team Banana-Falcon. Not the original one of Chris Walker , but I really like the lady. I found her in quite a derilict state, maltreated. Cleaned, scrubbed, oiled, repaired, polished... well, the complete treatment. Hope you like her as much as I do.






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Repainted and tweaked since last year's pictures.
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Originally Posted by ascherer
Repainted and tweaked since last year's pictures.
Nice looking bike! I see it has the "track" crown like on the one in post #37 by Dylansbob . Super cool sand-cast "faux two-plate" design similar to the Fischer popular with Italians like Masi, but I think yours is British-made, possible Davis. His crown has indents in the blades like those normally seen on chainstays, does yours also? That would allow quite fat tires, but it seems unnecessary for anything like a normal road tire. Only other forks I can remember with indents in the blades like that was on some old Schwinns like a '50s World, and a Paramount tandem. I might have to try that sometime for a 650b conversion... <gears turning in my brain>

Your geometry looks to be on the steep side — do you know the angles?
Is the TT sloped, higher in front? Could be camera angle. If it is sloped, and if you don't happen to prefer it that way, you could add rake to the fork, lowering it. Plenty of room in the brake slots to raise the pads. Of course that would change the handling, but for the better in my book. Controversial subject, I know. Especially with the added complication of "undoing the original builder's vision" or whatever, plus the possibility that the chrome could crack, so file this one under "crazy ideas". I'm just spitballin' here.

Have you tried a longer chain? I think it might shift better, with the cage rotated clockwise the upper pulley would be closer to the freewheel. I know, with an NR, you sometimes have to play with the chain length to get it to shift to a decently-low gear for old guys, like 28t or more. Is that what you have one there? 26 maybe? Anyway, apologies if you're already at the optimum length for your gears.

Now go get some dirt on that bike, it's too clean!

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Originally Posted by bulgie
Nice looking bike!

... Have you tried a longer chain?
Was thinking the same thing.
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