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Old 06-24-18, 09:11 PM
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As of a couple years ago Andy Gilmour, Tucson frame builder had some of Colin's decal, NOS. I love my Laing.
Thank you very much for the info. I have an email in to Ian Laing to see if he knows anything about the frame, and to see if he made it with his father or made it himself or what.
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Laing c-cross bike

I still have my Colin Laing cyclocross bike in my bsmt from back in the day, I special ordered it in 1975, Iíll have to look for the ser#, has a few special braze-ons for how the cable gets to the rear cantilever brake. i recognize these photos (remind me) of the fork crown and lugs. Nice to see the orig decals on some of these, mines been repainted so i only know what was on it from memory.
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Colin Laing Decal

did a repaint so it has its identity back...
I had some headtube/seatube transfers made up, waterslide decals with metalic paint, i have a pair extra as i only used 2 of the 4 made, diamond shape red top/wht mid/blu bottom, if interested LMK, can send pix, bit pricy as decals go but if you want them as i did ............

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I still have my Colin Laing cyclocross bike in my bsmt from back in the day, I special ordered it in 1975, Iíll have to look for the ser#, has a few special braze-ons for how the cable gets to the rear cantilever brake. i recognize these photos (remind me) of the fork crown and lugs. Nice to see the orig decals on some of these, mines been repainted so i only know what was on it from memory.
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Old 03-05-19, 02:26 PM
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1976 Creation!

Greetings Ian, Stuart & all; I had joined this forum a while back to find bikers interested in the Colin Laing bikes. But because of poor tech skills & life getting in the way I didn't find this until today! To the boy's, your Dad's skills were "Amazing", Thank you for the pleasure of riding one of your dad's creations! Colin built mine in 1976, it was my Saturday & Sunday bike so it is in very good condition. I'll try to post pictures in the future? It's been about 6 - 7 years since I've used it, my last ride. It was about 4 miles & I knew my riding days were over. So what to do with it?? Any suggestions would be welcome. Ole' Bob.
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Greetings Ian, Stuart & all; I had joined this forum a while back to find bikers interested in the Colin Laing bikes. But because of poor tech skills & life getting in the way I didn't find this until today! To the boy's, your Dad's skills were "Amazing", Thank you for the pleasure of riding one of your dad's creations! Colin built mine in 1976, it was my Saturday & Sunday bike so it is in very good condition. I'll try to post pictures in the future? It's been about 6 - 7 years since I've used it, my last ride. It was about 4 miles & I knew my riding days were over. So what to do with it?? Any suggestions would be welcome. Ole' Bob.
First of all, welcome aboard, second go around, comment and say Hi to get 10 posts so you can post pics because without them, it didn't happen.
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A BIG Thank you to everyone

Greetings Guys; First Thank You for the info & help. I received over 7 PM's last night. Of course I can't see them here. But they came in on my E-mail. Because I'm so damn tech challenged I can't even find some of my post from yesterday. I thought I had 7 but the moderator - owner must of deleted 2? When I find you again I will Thank you for this wonderful site & letting me kinda take an end run around your rules. But being I'm in a tough spot I ask you to please forgive me. And what really blows me away is one of the members here somehow posted pictures of my bike. Anyway I'm going to look around here & see if I can find the owner - moderator & the fella that posted my pictures. If I don't find ya, Thanks again everyone, Ole' Bob.
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Greetings Guys; First Thank You for the info & help. I received over 7 PM's last night. Of course I can't see them here. But they came in on my E-mail. Because I'm so damn tech challenged I can't even find some of my post from yesterday. I thought I had 7 but the moderator - owner must of deleted 2? When I find you again I will Thank you for this wonderful site & letting me kinda take an end run around your rules. But being I'm in a tough spot I ask you to please forgive me. And what really blows me away is one of the members here somehow posted pictures of my bike. Anyway I'm going to look around here & see if I can find the owner - moderator & the fella that posted my pictures. If I don't find ya, Thanks again everyone, Ole' Bob.
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Finally have my COLIAN!


...and itís an interesting one.

I was Budís assistant manager to Alan Brown at Tempe Bike in the early 90ís and I only wish I had taken pictures of what that ďshopĒ (warehouse) looked like on the inside during those years. I had met both Colin and Ian in passing back then but my concerns were always on the other side of the shop.

Iím on FB SteveBay and Steel is Real! Groups now and rekindling my desire to build back up my old Bianchi SLX that I let go a few years ago. Also looking to tally 10 so I can post pics.

Cheers to Ian & Stuart for staying connected here and through the internet and keeping up with their Dadís legacy.

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Colian in AZ







pics of the acquisition:

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pics of the acquisition:

It's kinda strange that the tubing decal reminds me very much of a Supervitus 980 decal...... plus the BB cable guide footprint seems to look like the same shape as the ones on my Vitus Plus Carbone 9 and my Peugeot PY10FC........
Does this Colian frame have Vitus tubing, combined with Columbus dropouts??
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It's kinda strange that the tubing decal reminds me very much of a Supervitus 980 decal...
Does this Colian frame have Vitus tubing, combined with Columbus dropouts??
Tubing on this frame is the Ishiwata "Magny-V"..."Double-butted Tubes, Forks & Stays".

So sez the sticker, so it has to be true.


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This is the Supervitus decal I mentioned that I think was copied by Colin Laing.
Just replaced the SV 983 graphics in the center. That's why I suspected that the bike frame might have been built with Vitus tubing......
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Dad used whatever tubing he could get back in those days. Reynolds, Columbus or Ishiwata. Depended on what price the customer wanted to pay for the frame/bike.
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Dad used whatever tubing he could get back in those days. Reynolds, Columbus or Ishiwata. Depended on what price the customer wanted to pay for the frame/bike.
Funny, that's exactly the way I remember it being, Stuart. I had replied in the same fashion to another post and I don't think the OP believed my answer.
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Greetings Guys; I finely found this post-thread again. I think I owe ya all some pictures & if I posted them before, chalk it up to senior moment. Anyway the question is what to do with this beautiful machine (work of art). I'm going to post my E-mail "vanrah@att.net" for those that may want to find me in the future. My 30 day membership is almost up. I'm not sure what privileges I'll lose other that the for sale area & or the word it's for sale in any post? I had broke some rules as I joined over a year ago, either read or forgot what I read (rules) but didn't become active until a month or so. Thank you for this post-thread & the people that make it possible. Right now I wish it was 30 years ago & I would be part of this seen-hobby. I've had my time carry it forward guys & gals. Ole' Bob.










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Updated CL pics of his former personal ride





Stuart, thanks for the verification of this frame. Iíve brought it back a little closer to what it probably was set up with back in the day. Full Suntour Cyclone group sans hubs with the Accushift upgrade that was often done. Enjoy!
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More Laings!





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Funny, that's exactly the way I remember it being, Stuart. I had replied in the same fashion to another post and I don't think the OP believed my answer.
I couldnít leave well enough alone and I rescued another odd bird from Colinís nest...not his personal ride (I could never top that), but one of his early Tempe-built mono stay rides. It looks big, but only because the wheels are 650cís!!!

Iím planning on building it up with 8spd STI, small cassette and large chainrings up front, but Iím wondering if this ride should be set up with a TT/Tri front end.

52 CtC Seat tube, 58 CtT.
58 CtC Top tube (both actual and virtual).
216mm head tube: yikes!

Thoughts appreciated, especially from Stuart or Ian if they know what tubes were used on this one: no sticker, no clue. Thanks!
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do you still have your Colian 753 ? I'm still riding mine, sent to Colin for some updates in 2008 just before he retired

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Originally Posted by jeffpabilonia View Post
do you still have your Colian 753 ? I'm still riding mine, sent to Colin for some updates in 2008 just before he retired

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Still have my 753 and still ride it. Fork is changed to carbon, and Iím running newish Campagnolo 10. Colin built it for me to race in 1987? Something like that. Of all my race frames, itís the only one I hung on to all these years.

We have 3 Colin-built bikes in the family. My mom has a mixti frame, which is insanely flexible (she loves it, I hate the feel) and my dad has a standard Reynolds with pretty relaxed angles. Both bikes were built by Colin in the 70ís. They have new carbon forks, but everything else is Campy Record. My parents are in their 80ís now, and still ride regularly.

All three bikes have been either toured (or in my case raced) on multiple continents and countries.

still working well, and comfortable to ride.
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Still have my 753 and still ride it. Fork is changed to carbon, and Iím running newish Campagnolo 10. Colin built it for me to race in 1987? Something like that. Of all my race frames, itís the only one I hung on to all these years.

We have 3 Colin-built bikes in the family. My mom has a mixti frame, which is insanely flexible (she loves it, I hate the feel) and my dad has a standard Reynolds with pretty relaxed angles. Both bikes were built by Colin in the 70ís. They have new carbon forks, but everything else is Campy Record. My parents are in their 80ís now, and still ride regularly.

All three bikes have been either toured (or in my case raced) on multiple continents and countries.

still working well, and comfortable to ride.
that's great to hear you and your parents still enjoy Colin's bikes around the world and all active and healthy!
I put mine back to original Nuovo/Super Record and tubulars many years for vintage rides, then 2008 contacted Colin and discussed a neo-retro conversion. I sent to him for 130 spacing since cold setting tight wishbone 753 rear triangle not recommended, replaced threaded steerer with threadless on 753 fork, and finished with Ferrari red, gold pinstriping, hand painted Colin Laing on downtube, new 753 decals.
I installed Chris King Ti threadless headset, Cinelli Grammo Ti stem, Cinelli bar, Record compact carbon square taper on Phil BB, non-ergo Record Carbon levers since using down tube shifters, still using Cobalto brakes with modern Kool stop shoes/pads for safety, C-Record aero seatpost, Regal saddle, Ksyrium wheelset.
As you know, fantastic bike.. handles, climbs, descends, sprints, comfortable on long rides...
now when going off road, I take my Merlin mountain Ti, currently in gravel bike config with 700c, can easily switch back and forth to 26" per ride type
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...and itís an interesting one.

I was Budís assistant manager to Alan Brown at Tempe Bike in the early 90ís and I only wish I had taken pictures of what that ďshopĒ (warehouse) looked like on the inside during those years. I had met both Colin and Ian in passing back then but my concerns were always on the other side of the shop.

Iím on FB SteveBay and Steel is Real! Groups now and rekindling my desire to build back up my old Bianchi SLX that I let go a few years ago. Also looking to tally 10 so I can post pics.

Cheers to Ian & Stuart for staying connected here and through the internet and keeping up with their Dadís legacy.
I used to work for Alan, any idea what he's up to?
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I used to work for Alan, any idea what he's up to?
I lost track of Alan years ago. He finally got through his degree and had moved on from the bike business after his shop at Thunderbird and Scottsdale Road had closed. I remember having found him again but we didnít keep in touch...my fault. Louis is still at Trailhead, Steve Driscol still runs Airpark and there are still some of Budís former staff working all over the valley.

Still have my two Colians, both now unbuilt.
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I lost track of Alan years ago. He finally got through his degree and had moved on from the bike business after his shop at Thunderbird and Scottsdale Road had closed. I remember having found him again but we didnít keep in touch...my fault. Louis is still at Trailhead, Steve Driscol still runs Airpark and there are still some of Budís former staff working all over the valley.

Still have my two Colians, both now unbuilt.
thanks for update, hopefully you build up your Colians to ride, vintage or current, my 753 is mixture of old and new Campy Record Carbon 10, C-Record, etc. and still going strong
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has anyone come across Colian Baracchi, sold mine years ago, lavender color, 26" front
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According to an email that I received from Colin, his last day of his long (frame building) career was June 13, 2009. He had been instructing "a couple of fine young men" in frame building and they had "expressed an interest in making off with all of my stuff".
just wondering if they started their own frame building company?
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