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Old 11-29-20, 05:13 PM
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Finally got a good photo of the Colian 753.


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Old 12-26-20, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by selaing
Today, after a long search, I found Dad's "Book". The book is Dad's frame numbering system from 1975 when we moved to the UK through July 1992. He had a page for Sandy Gilchrist, Sid Barris and Ottadini frames. If you have a frame with a bottom bracket number in the 55##, Dad made it.
Wow, I’ve not been getting updates on my subscribed threads so I was stoked to see that You found the book!! The “Colin Laing” signature bike is Ishiwata, serial #6010 Colian, so it may be Ian’s or a joint project. Any other info is appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 12-27-20, 03:12 PM
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Very interesting looking in the book for #6010
Information on this frame:
57 cm
Made for the East Valley Marathon. It could have been a donation giveaway.
This frame was made by Colin Laing

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Old 12-27-20, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by selaing
Very interesting looking in the book for #6010:
57 cm
Made for the East Valley Marathon.
This frame was made by Colin Laing

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Thank you so much, Stuart.
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Excited to pick up my first Colin Laing bicycle on Wednesday if all goes as planned. These pictures are all I have at the moment. I am very excited.






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Old 01-19-21, 10:30 AM
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Found in the book - I used this name...
This frame was made on December 7th, 1981
number 5461
24 1/4
John Criss
Super Tourist

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Originally Posted by selaing
This tandem was very early on in Dad's time in the USA. I can tell you when it was made if you post the BB number.

Dad was taught by Jack Taylor and his brothers how to make bikes. So the nod to Jack Taylor is fitting for this early tandem from the 1970's.

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Hi [MENTION=307791]selaing[/MENTION] , thanks!! Sorry I didn't see your post until now. Here is my curved-tube tandem serial number: 5114. Could you tell me anything about it?


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Old 01-19-21, 12:44 PM
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In the book for this tandem
5114
23 x 24
Tandem
Looks like Buds and Leach
made in 1976 - 21 frame for this year so probably make from January through March.

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Originally Posted by selaing
In the book for this tandem
5114
23 x 24
Tandem
Looks like Buds and Leach
made in 1976 - 21 frame for this year so probably make from January through March.

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Thank you!! It is great to know the date.

I haven't found any promising leads on Buds or Leach in looking through old race and ride results, but maybe I will yet find something.

It's interesting, the original fork is quite short, almost like it was built for a smaller wheel size. The biggest 700c tire it could fit in the original fork was a 700x28, and that without fenders. And the bottom brackets are very high. But I put a 650b wheel in and it was too small for the cantilever brakes to work. Is there a chance it could have been built for some wheel size other than 700c?
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I believe in back 1976 the wheels would be 27" not 700C

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Recently had the opportunity to acquire this COLAIN. It was built for 1949 US Champion Jimmy Lauf.








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colian mountain bike

serial number 6207 it a mountain bike i cant post a picture untill i post 10 posts
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Originally Posted by DANNY13
serial number 6207 it a mountain bike i cant post a picture untill i post 10 posts

that frame was made in 1991 probably September.
only know 15” mountain bike special

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Originally Posted by selaing
Very interesting looking in the book for #6010
Information on this frame:
57 cm
Made for the East Valley Marathon.
This frame was made by Colin Laing
Stuart, do you have a date on #6010?
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I can only think it was early late December, 1989 as marathon was January 13, 1990

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selaing Is there anything you can tell me about this beauty? No serial number that I can find. The PO had bought it as a used frame ~30-40yrs ago in CA.



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Old 04-19-21, 09:08 AM
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Without a frame number, this was probably made in the early 1975-76 when Dad moved to Tucson AZ. Would have used old decals until made new ones with Tucson on them.

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Great. I was born in '75 and been wanting a bike from that year. All the more to make it a keeper.
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restoration project

Its 5081 serial number. Cant upload a photo yet. Yellow paint with tuson decals. Lowtrail fork and strange brake mounts. Curious when it was built and how it was built up im guessing as rando or a townie?
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Its 5081 serial number. Cant upload a photo yet. Yellow paint with tuson decals. Lowtrail fork and strange brake mounts. Curious when it was built and how it was built up im guessing as rando or a townie?






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My friend found this old frame at a thrift store. 5081 is the serial number stamped on the bb. Curious how it was built up. Im guessing it would have been a rando or a townie. The frame needs a lot of work gonna strip it and check for rust and cracks and braze standard brake bosses on it."

Would you please post some photos of the " strange brake mounts?"

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Old 06-07-21, 09:55 AM
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Wow!!!! That frame is one of the first ones made in the USA. Made in summer of 1975. Only information in "The Book" is:
23 3/4 Cleveland.
Model named after the county we were from in England.
It would have been a touring bike with 27" wheels.
I would need to see brake bosses you are talking about. Brakes in those days were Mafac, Universal, Campagnolo.....

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Old 10-16-21, 04:59 PM
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My (circa) 1989 Colian

This was originally built up with Dura Ace. It's now a freewheel single for short rides around town. I may one day restore it to it's original spec and put the original fork back on. (as soon as I'm allowed, I'll post a photo)
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Here is a Colian some friends of mine came across. It's in pretty rough shape, but it would be really interesting to find out some background on it. selaing any info on this one? Looks like number 2862 built for a Johnson. I imagine the Masi fork is not original.





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I am going on a limb with the above frame. Dad made a few bikes for a Canadian Maurice Johnson. My gut says, since the bottom bracket number is NOT part of Dad's book. This is a frame NOT made by Colin Laing. Maurice could have wanted a repaint back in those days and said just put your stickers on it. Thus why you are also seeing a chrome Masi fork.
Dad would not have put that type of cable guide on the bottom bracket.
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Thank you so much for digging into this one Stuart. Unfortunate that it is not built by Colin Laing, but very interesting to know that it likely belonged to Maurice Johnson, an esteemed figure in our local cycling community. Here is a newsletter from when he passed, detailing his accomplishments https://www.albertabicycle.ab.ca/uplo...002/august.pdf
Now I get to dig further and see if I can't find out who did build this frame.
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