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Old 02-02-21, 06:28 PM
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Vintage Frames-The Dark Side



While Covid scrolling I came across this Vintage 10 speed and Vader's voice echoed " You don't know the POWER of the DARK SIDE...".

As advertised here we have the glory of a lugged frame with seat stays that look to have been crushed (?) into a nice flat surface to weld onto the lug, and what a weld, something the East German Cold War bicycle team would be proud of ?

So take a moment to touch and delight in your vintage classic frame's construction, but remember like all things there is a "Dark Side", though looking back we may have all had one or two 30-50lb bikes on the way to Valhalla.

Oh, and do share any similar wonders you have come upon, we all need a chuckle as we play cheese maze trying to get a Covid vaccination.

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Originally Posted by since6 View Post
though looking back we may have all had one or two 30-50lb bikes on the way to Valhalla.
Speak for yourself LOL!
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Oh, and do share any similar .....

If the Dark Side starts at 30pounds.....
I can submit:
AD Michelle - early 80's.

Guaranteed Puch 2500 - Hi-Tensile Steel, ovalized fork blades, chainring guard, Nitto Technomic stem. fat Brooks, 27" wheels, heavy duty tubes, reflectors, largest frame size, pleny of post. And I could use my nice steel drop bars, not in th pic.. Please Note: no fenders or rack.

This is not the stem/bars on real build.
Sometimes a Cadillac is the way to roll
around the town in style.
Lacking a top hat
the spatz are out of place
with the top coat and tails.
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I suspect this frame was a early monday or late friday build - special olympic edition HVZ Start Shosse:



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Old 02-03-21, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by since6 View Post


While Covid scrolling I came across this Vintage 10 speed and Vader's voice echoed " You don't know the POWER of the DARK SIDE...".

As advertised here we have the glory of a lugged frame with seat stays that look to have been crushed (?) into a nice flat surface to weld onto the lug, and what a weld, something the East German Cold War bicycle team would be proud of ?

So take a moment to touch and delight in your vintage classic frame's construction, but remember like all things there is a "Dark Side", though looking back we may have all had one or two 30-50lb bikes on the way to Valhalla.

Oh, and do share any similar wonders you have come upon, we all need a chuckle as we play cheese maze trying to get a Covid vaccination.

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Old 02-03-21, 06:36 AM
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Brake bridge on a ‘74 Raleigh International:





You’d think the paint shop might have said something, but that’s not how Raleigh operated back in the day.
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Brake bridge on a ‘74 Raleigh International:

You’d think the paint shop might have said something, but that’s not how Raleigh operated back in the day.
Judging from the quality of most Raleigh-produced paint jobs, the paint shop crew didn't care much either.
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Just finishing this old Torpado up. True, it is entry level and that is supported by the sloppy workmanship. This is not an attack on Torpado. I have seen many such examples on vintage road bike, with Raleigh and Mercier seeming to be the worst of the bunch. Anyway, just painted this up a week or so ago. This seat lug sports a bulge annoyed me but I did not want to alter the original nature of the frame in any way...


The decorative windowed head tube, though beautiful, also sported an boo boo or two. None the less, the bike was a treat to build and I cannot wait for my first ride on the bike...


But it is minus twelve degrees today - not the best riding weather for someone who has exceeded his biblical expiry date...
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This sort of thing has always bugged me...
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I don't have pictures, and am sure if I did i would be horrified at the craftsman ship, but my first bike with speeds was a columbia 3 speed, shimano 333 hub, steel rims, heavy, but it had speeds and caliper brakes. A real (sorta of) English racer as we called them. I loved it and road the heck of of it, including getting my bicycling merit badge (done mostly riding Hiway 2 in northern Montana....a popular cross country route)
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