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Old 04-25-06, 02:19 PM
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Falcon Westminster

I had an interesting surprise today. An old Falcon turned up on Freecycle (I love Freecycle), "In need of TLC, broken freewheel, 70's Falcon, not the best bike in the world even when it was new".

So, I thought - Perfect. I'm working on building a fixie, got a nice old Nigel Dean handbuilt frame (531), but I don't have the cash for fancy track wheels and chainset etc, so I wanted to build it up with conversion parts. I figured this would get me a sturdy wheelset, a crankset, and maybe a bottom bracket. Since the freewheel was broken, nobody could hold it against me to rip it off and use the wheel. I was expecting a low end 70's Falcon gas-pipe special.

Trouble is, when I get there, it's a Falcon Westminster tourer. 531, Shimano Altus gears, lyotard pedals, clips and straps, and it's my size! I'm 6'3, so bikes are normally NOT my size. Now, the wheels are indeed sturdy, and the freewheel is indeed broken. If I take the outer ring of the crankset, it'll fit in nicely. It's even got a decent saddle that'd suffice til I can afford a Brooks. Trouble is, i rather like it, and I feel badly about parting out a decent bike. What would I do with the frameset? I'm certainly not about to throw out a 531 frame, even if it is dusty, and rather relaxed geometry. So my freebie donor bike is now turning into potentially yet ANOTHER project.

Anyone know anything about these bikes? And give me your opinions - keep it together, or part it out. At least this keeps my dream alive that I'm going to pick up a nice Freddie Grubb, or a Stan Pike trackie, or a Rotrax that's been mouldering in someones garage....
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Old 04-25-06, 02:37 PM
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You can always send it to me!
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Old 04-26-06, 06:38 AM
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I dunno where you live, but here is a post from me, and Id be willing to separate these parts since they're not all really authentic to the era.. However I am in the Toronto, Ontario area...

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/98267-my-falcon-late-80s-early-90s-road-bike.html
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Old 04-26-06, 08:50 AM
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the only part I am interested in is the 600 SIS rear derailleur. I live in Vancouver
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I live in England, so probably not a goer - thanks for the offer though. I'm also not planning to spend significant money on this bike - I might just use it as a winter beater. I got it out in the full daylight today, and it has aftermarket chrome forks, which are rather rusty. Apparently the original fork was damaged when the guy bought it, and it wobbled all over. Anyhow, it's never going to look perfect and shiny, and I don't really feel inclined to replace the freewheel, so.....

I'm going to clean it up, swap out the rear wheel with a battered but servicable one of a Peugot womens bike I pulled to pieces, put new tyres on, and use it. It has a saddlebag, a rack, and mudguards, so it's pretty practical, but it doesn't look like much, so I might use it when I'm going to need to leave a bike somewhere locked up in the open. That way I can use the rear wheel for my fixie project after all, and not have to worry about a new freewheel!

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i confused poster names! sorry, yes this true not worth the shipping costs!
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How 'bout a picture?
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bump is 5 years ok ?
I have an old falcon westminster if any one is looking its frame and fork only
Bought from sydney ebayer to build up but its a bit small think its 23 inch frame will post measurements tomorrow
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And photos. Don't forget the photos.
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Oh I totally forgot will do it tusday sorry guys
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