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Old 03-15-22, 04:40 PM
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I've got a couple of Colins frames that I'm about to move along to new owners, but thought since this seems to be one of the best collections of his work in one place that I should add them here before putting them up for sale.

The first one I'd expect is one of the more rare frames he's done. This was built as a 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee, sometime in 2001 or 2002 for a local pro rider here in Az. The aesthetic was similar to his comp model at the time, but the Comp was built with Columbus brain and this anniversary is built using one of the best tube sets ever, Columbus Max. You can see the opposing elliptical shapes of the different ends of the tubes which made for an amazingly stiff ride.

The other I have no recollection of when I acquired this, it must have been around 2004, but I know it was built some years prior. It's a super cool kids bike. 38cm frame made for 20" wheels. This was a first road bike for both of my kids and then went onto the wall when they out grew it.





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Hello,
I purchased this Colian yesterday. It does not appear to have a serial number. Should it be on the bottom bracket shell? Approximately, when was it made? Based upon the 126 mm rear spacing and the Columbus SLX decal, I am guessing 1984-1989. I think that my frame is the one that belonged to Rodion R post #38 in this thread.
I also have a Colin Laing tandem.
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Old 04-03-22, 06:50 PM
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take a very close picture of the bottom bracket underneath. It should have a frame number if made during this time. It would have been March 1985 to 1988.
Also is their a painted name on the top tube?

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Hi Stuart,

I can not see a number without removing paint. There is no name on the top tube. I'm considering removing the paint under the bb shell.
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Old 04-11-22, 09:24 AM
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Before you remove the paint, take a photo of the underneath of the BB. Also, if you can measure the frame size center of BB to top of seat tube and post that. I can look in the "Book" to see approx size and tubing.
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I don’t have a good overall photo, but these are the more unique attributes & the serial number. Looks like 7444 to me.





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Bumping this. selaing
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Frame is not in the book. Made in Tucson probably 1974-1984
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Picked this up off of Craigslist, I think the Kooka crank itself will pay for the sale.






Unknown Campy shifters, brakes, and RD (I'm no good at nailing the hierarchies on this 80s-90s stuff), Sachs New Success FD and hubs, laced to Mavic Reflex clinchers. American Classic 27.0 post. Deore LX headset (?). Serial number is either 8909 or 6068 - paint looks a bit cheap and the "Jim" decals on the top tube are not under clear. The part of head badge under the frame protector sticker peeled up, going to have to tack that back down. Lady I got it from is a storage locker picker and had no idea who "Jim" is/was.
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Old 11-05-23, 07:35 PM
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6068 24” comp 653 for Welsh

This frame was made at the Mesa store on Stspley so this would have been late 80’s.
sorry no more information than that.
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Old 11-08-23, 01:06 PM
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Thanks for the reply Stuart!
I've managed to find a James Welsh in Chandler on LinkedIn and messaged him to see if he lost this bike.
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My Laing from Tucson

I've enjoyed looking through all these pictures posted over the years and would add my own of a Laing I purchased at a bike swap in Tucson about 15 years ago. Because I am new, I am receiving a notice that I can't share photos until after 10 posts. But, my Laing has serial # F 5292 and was purchased by a man named Larry Lebofsky in Tucson in 1978 or 79. It is in great condition and I ride it regularly.
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Originally Posted by zschrank
I've enjoyed looking through all these pictures posted over the years and would add my own of a Laing I purchased at a bike swap in Tucson about 15 years ago. Because I am new, I am receiving a notice that I can't share photos until after 10 posts. But, my Laing has serial # F 5292 and was purchased by a man named Larry Lebofsky in Tucson in 1978 or 79. It is in great condition and I ride it regularly.
Welcome to Bike Forums!

You should be able to load your pics into an album, even if you can't post them yet. Then someone else can post them for you.
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Originally Posted by zschrank
I've enjoyed looking through all these pictures posted over the years and would add my own of a Laing I purchased at a bike swap in Tucson about 15 years ago. Because I am new, I am receiving a notice that I can't share photos until after 10 posts. But, my Laing has serial # F 5292 and was purchased by a man named Larry Lebofsky in Tucson in 1978 or 79. It is in great condition and I ride it regularly.










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There's a pretty sweet Laing over at the appraisal forum if anybody's interested. No responses yet.
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Glad that rust is on the railing, not the top tube!

I love Colin's hand lettering.

"If there's a mistake in it, you can tell it's been doon by 'and ", he told me.
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Old 05-04-24, 06:28 PM
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Hello Stuart, Selaing...and others on this thread

I didn't know who Colin Laing was until today. Wife drug me to a community garage sale near Fort Myers this morning. Only had $100 with me, and had vowed to wife no more bikes. Saw bike laying in the grass next to a driveway full of yard sale items. Told wife, prolly a POS, but gotta check it. Saw the fancy scalloped lugs, picked it up and saw all Campy, knew I had to have it.

Decals say Colin Laing racing cycles Tucson. Lady sold it to me for $60, which was all I had left in my pocket (she asked for $100). They had moved here from Arizona. Her late husband got it new, she said she thought in the 60s or 70s. His name is hand painted on the top tube,"J.C.Sutton". His name was John. She said he shoulda stuck to road biking, he got into mountain biking (rather extreme out west mountain biking) and had a couple crashes. His last crash broke 5 ribs, damaged kidneys, spleen etc. He never recovered, and died as a result. He was 71.

I got a box of papers with it, one is a note and receipt from someone with a hand written note that his Campy short reach brakes were on back order, with apology for the inconvenience. The hand written receipt showed 1980 Campagnolo road group Nuovo Record for $478. There was an address hand written 1421 E.Hedrick Tucson, AZ. Not sure if this was original components or upgrades, not sure if the frame was built earlier and these were upgrades or if the frame was built at that time. There are no numbers I can find on the BB shell. The bike is dusty, no rust, and the paint and decals are in lovely shape. I've read with great interest this entire thread, and was hoping maybe Stuart or one of y'all could tell me any info bout this frame, and if it may be in Colin's book? It measures 24" to the top of the (very) long point on the seat tube lug, but probably more like 23 ½" if the lug weren't so ornate, so not sure exactly the size. The BB shell has cable guides brazed underneath it, with 3 slots you can see the BB dust shield through. The rear brake cable has 2 cable stops on the lower left hand side of the top tube so it's bare cable the length of the tube. The wheels/tires are 700c. The reason I think the frame may be from the 70s is because the campy downtube shifters are clamp ons, and I would think if it were an 80s frame they's be brazed on, but I'm NOT an expert, and just getting back into cycling having recently refurbished my 1982 motobecane which I bought new at age 18.

I recognize this is a hell of a find, and even my wife knew I had to get it (this hobby is new, but they're stacking up quick, as well as boxes from eBay). The only decal that's hard to read is the one at top of seat tube which tells the type of tubing. Thanks in advance for any info, I'd love to post pics if I can figure that out. Again, I can't find any numbers.
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Originally Posted by flcracker
Hello Stuart, Selaing...and others on this thread

I didn't know who Colin Laing was until today. Wife drug me to a community garage sale near Fort Myers this morning. Only had $100 with me, and had vowed to wife no more bikes. Saw bike laying in the grass next to a driveway full of yard sale items. Told wife, prolly a POS, but gotta check it. Saw the fancy scalloped lugs, picked it up and saw all Campy, knew I had to have it.

Decals say Colin Laing racing cycles Tucson. Lady sold it to me for $60, which was all I had left in my pocket (she asked for $100). They had moved here from Arizona. Her late husband got it new, she said she thought in the 60s or 70s. His name is hand painted on the top tube,"J.C.Sutton". His name was John. She said he shoulda stuck to road biking, he got into mountain biking (rather extreme out west mountain biking) and had a couple crashes. His last crash broke 5 ribs, damaged kidneys, spleen etc. He never recovered, and died as a result. He was 71.

I got a box of papers with it, one is a note and receipt from someone with a hand written note that his Campy short reach brakes were on back order, with apology for the inconvenience. The hand written receipt showed 1980 Campagnolo road group Nuovo Record for $478. There was an address hand written 1421 E.Hedrick Tucson, AZ. Not sure if this was original components or upgrades, not sure if the frame was built earlier and these were upgrades or if the frame was built at that time. There are no numbers I can find on the BB shell. The bike is dusty, no rust, and the paint and decals are in lovely shape. I've read with great interest this entire thread, and was hoping maybe Stuart or one of y'all could tell me any info bout this frame, and if it may be in Colin's book? It measures 24" to the top of the (very) long point on the seat tube lug, but probably more like 23 ½" if the lug weren't so ornate, so not sure exactly the size. The BB shell has cable guides brazed underneath it, with 3 slots you can see the BB dust shield through. The rear brake cable has 2 cable stops on the lower left hand side of the top tube so it's bare cable the length of the tube. The wheels/tires are 700c. The reason I think the frame may be from the 70s is because the campy downtube shifters are clamp ons, and I would think if it were an 80s frame they's be brazed on, but I'm NOT an expert, and just getting back into cycling having recently refurbished my 1982 motobecane which I bought new at age 18.

I recognize this is a hell of a find, and even my wife knew I had to get it (this hobby is new, but they're stacking up quick, as well as boxes from eBay). The only decal that's hard to read is the one at top of seat tube which tells the type of tubing. Thanks in advance for any info, I'd love to post pics if I can figure that out. Again, I can't find any numbers.
Welcome aboard, glad you found us, you're in the right place.

Stuart will probably be along soon, he's good to show up when needed.

You can add some pics to an album on your homepage and they may get moved here and in the meantime it takes 5 posts X 2 days for 10 to post pics.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Welcome aboard, glad you found us, you're in the right place.

Stuart will probably be along soon, he's good to show up when needed.

You can add some pics to an album on your homepage and they may get moved here and in the meantime it takes 5 posts X 2 days for 10 to post pics.
Thanks merziac. I’ll try to post some pics manana.
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Bike from post #209 has been for sale in Los Angeles on Craigslist (with a different crankset) and as @albrt said there is a beauty right now in the appraisals section
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Originally Posted by SoCaled
Bike from post #209 has been for sale in Los Angeles on Craigslist (with a different crankset) and as @albrt said there is a beauty right now in the appraisals section
Seems like Ayyyyy got his Kooka crank and is turning the rest of the Laing loose for someone else to appreciate.
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Well I tried loading a few pics to my profile so someone could post them here, looks like each pic got it's own album, lol
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Thanks for the assist...I just uploaded to my profile another pic of the decal I can't read...
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