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Old 08-23-08, 08:52 AM
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Ah, didn't think it'd be that recent. I guess this one was post-Clements, then.
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Ian,
That is a sweet bike. I am picking up at least one maybe 2 Falcons this weekend. Sent you a PM on the catalog.

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Old 09-04-08, 08:45 PM
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The other Golden Falcon

I am considering picking up.

I have a purple one like this already. I have been riding my latest Falcon alot lately as well.



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Originally Posted by ricgre
Ian,
That is a sweet bike. I am picking up at least one maybe 2 Falcons this weekend. Sent you a PM on the catalog.

Nice machine.
I thought I recognised the Milremo stem on it, checked my machines and mine's now on a 1948 Holdsworth La Quelda. (Great lug-less lightweight BTW)



Mine came off of a 1960 Dawes. (painted red, hence the red flash)
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A Holdsworth kills the thread?
Whaaaat?
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Originally Posted by ricgre
Ian,
That is a sweet bike. I am picking up at least one maybe 2 Falcons this weekend. Sent you a PM on the catalog.

Wow, that's an amazing match for my Falcon:



Any idea of the year?

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Originally Posted by nlerner
Any idea of the year?
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The stem could be the clue if it is original.
Early 60s if it is.
Interesting to note the more relaxed forks on yours.
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Neal,
They could be siblings(lol). I have not been able to track the year as yet based on the serial. Nor have I been able to read model from worn decal.
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I have just bought a Coventry Eagle frame off Ebay and have decided to try and resore it as faithfully as possible given my limited budget (student ). It is in nice condition and doesn't appear to have been built up since new, it even had some of the old packaging still attached to it. The decals are a bit scuffed and there are the beginnings of surface rust in a couple of places but nothing serious. It simular in appearance to Ian's Eagle on the previous page, black with those same white/gold decals. However, it doesn't have chrome forks and it doesn't appear to be 531 so im guessing its one of their cheaper economy models. Going by the datestamps on the components it is either 82 or 83 which would fit in with Ians bike. I am going to try and photoshop that catalogue tonight to sharpen it up and see if i can glean anymore information from it, it looks quite badly pixelated though.

Sadly there doesn't seem to be much info around on the later Coventry Eagle models, it seems like they dissapeared into Falcon somewhat after their merger in the 70's. I did read somewhere that after the merger some people went off to Newtown in Wales and started a factory there, perhaps this is where it is from but I cant find the article now.

I would love to hear from anyone who has got an 80's eagle or any more information pertaining to its heratige and construction. Also if anyone has any other sources of the catalogues that could put them up then that wold be great. There is an 82 copy in the bike archives in Warwick but it is a bit of a trek just for a catalogue.
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Emailed you with details please let me know if you have got it.

Thanks

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Here's my Falcon (Black Diamond). I hear this one was pretty much from the bike boomer era so it's probably nothing really special. Although the lugs are really cool looking the weld and brazing work is pretty sloppy in some areas.

I figured since the frame isn;t really anything special I would have some fun with the build. Just a mock-up for now but the plan is frame, fork and bars as you see here + Schwalbe Delta tires in cream on a coaster-brake wheelset. Frame will be painted metalflake green with white head tube and windows. Not sure of what kind of crank I will use just yet.

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Well after a couple of weeks of fiddling and generally putting things on the wrong way round taking them off again and putting them back on the other way I have finished rebuliding my Coventry Eagle. I'm quite happy with it overall, hopefully it will get me around to college and Uni next year with minimum maintainance and maximum fun

I did want to build some proper 27" wheels up, about the same sort of vintage but my current skill and time was a bit of a limiter so in the end I bought some from Graham Weigh and they have been very sturdy so far and they don't look too out of place.

The headbadge is a bit cheeky too, I think they only put them on the expensive models but I nabbed one off ebay because I do like it.




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Originally Posted by ricgre
Falcon bikes, which survives as lesser marque of the Tandem group is one of the classic names in British frames, and its founder, Ernie Clements one of the great British post-war generation racers turned frame-builder and designer. (3 times British national road champion 1943, 1945, 1946, two Nationals seconds, and a Worlds and Olympic appearance), He made his own frames as early as 1945, but by the early '50s became managing director of Coventry Cycles/Coventry Eagle. By the late '60's they were working out of the same building as Elswick Hopper, although still independent. Classic Rendezvous reprints a test ride of an Ernie Clements Falcon San Remo Equipe from 1962, (a model name which persists today as a Claud Butler model-derived from the Milan-San Remo classic race), but it seems that the firm name was not changed to Falcon until 1970.
From about 1970, Coventry Eagle/Falcon became Falcon effectively running as a separate firm building high-end bikes designed by Ernie Clements, who like Masi and Colnago applied his racing experience to frame design. He actively promoted racing in the UK, sponsoring the British national professional team from the 1950s through to the 90's and is credited with building Tom Simpson 's bikes among others.
By the early 70s the Falcon line included the San Remo Equipe # 276 (Reynolds 531 DB including forks, all Campagnolo Record including Campagnolo brakes, Cinelli fork crown and spearpoint lugs), and entry level racing model Super Route #92 (Reynolds, Shimano derailers Weinmann brakes), Cote D'Azur #84 (Reynolds DB, mix of Campagnolo Super Record, Weinmann sidepull and Shimano) and Olympic #78 (mens) and #79 (women's) with std wheels.
The classic Falcon colour scheme is a powder blue, with contrasting head tube (red or white), contrasting panel on the down tube in the same color, with white top tube and down tube white panel decals with Falcon in large red script. The head badge is a lovely gold & red shield, torch on top, Falcon in script on a red background, with a falcon in the center. The high end frames have a decal, on the rear stay that say in script "Designed by Ernie Clements." Later bikes have a more subdued brush script "Falcon" on the down tube only.
By February 1973, Falcon produced an Eddie Merckx branded line in Merckx Molteni orange, noted on the catalogue as "Designed by Ernie Clements" and "Approved" by Merckx. These appeared in collaboration with similar Merckx branded frames by Kessel of Belgium. The firms apparently had an agreement on marketing areas, with Kessel getting Europe, and both paying royalties to Merckx.
Reading the Falcon thread & surprised to see my piece from Sheldon's site quoted verbatim; see Falcon Bicycles

I planned to rewrite but did not get a chance to before Sheldon passed away... A couple of corrections--the 80s bikes did have a block lettered Falcon on the seat tube as well. Also, one of my English correspondents tells me that Ernie never built a frame himself...no brazer was he. The Coventry Eagle relationship is complicated--I think it ran a bit like the Raleigh /Carlton relationship, with Falcon producing the high-end/hand made frames like Carlton did for Raleigh.
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Originally Posted by steppinthefunk
Here's my Falcon (Black Diamond). I here this one was pretty much from the bike boomer era so it's probably nothing really special. Although the lugs are really cool looking the weld and brazing work is pretty sloppy in some areas.

I figured since the frame isn;t really anything special I would have some fun with the build. Just a mock-up for now but the plan is frame, fork and bars as you see here + Schwalbe Delta tires in cream on a coaster-brake wheelset. Frame will be painted metalflake green with white head tube and windows. Not sure of what kind of crank I will use just yet.
I came here looking for more info on my Falcon. Its the same purple paint as steppin's. Not sure if that means black diamond or not. What I really want to learn is whether the bottom bracket is Brit thread, as my left side crank arm is loose.

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As long as were talking Falcons....full Reynolds 531:

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