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Old 08-28-18, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
That’s a really nice looking Campy seatpost.
That's not even the one I just got from you. That one's going on my Grand Record. I think I might need to start hording 26.4 Campy seat posts the way @gugie collects Gran(d) Sport(s). They're so much nicer than the Origin8 Unos that are all over eBay. (To my surprise though, the 400mm Origin8 post is lighter than the 200mm Campy. I'm not sure if I should be impressed or worried by that fact.)
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Old 08-28-18, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
That's not even the one I just got from you. That one's going on my Grand Record. I think I might need to start hording 26.4 Campy seat posts the way @gugie collects Gran(d) Sport(s). They're so much nicer than the Origin8 Unos that are all over eBay. (To my surprise though, the 400mm Origin8 post is lighter than the 200mm Campy. I'm not sure if I should be impressed or worried by that fact.)
Haha! Campy definitetly look nicer, but probably not easier to mount... Not too bad on saddles with a cutout!
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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
Haha! Campy definitetly look nicer, but probably not easier to mount... Not too bad on saddles with a cutout!
Yet another reason I like modern saddles. It was no problem getting the wrench to the bolts on this one.

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Old 08-29-18, 04:08 PM
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Old 08-29-18, 04:14 PM
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Old 08-30-18, 05:17 AM
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Updated Gipiemme groupset

Hello again!

​​Since my Simplex SLJ 5500 is a Gipiemme branded one, and since I'm italian as well as the brand, I opted to update my bicycle groupset accordingly

There's my new Gipiemme Crankset

I only need a couple of dust caps now!



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Old 08-30-18, 04:15 PM
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Low end bike boom... but I bet it rides nice. The saddle and bars were gonna be for my girl, but the frame was too big, so I’ll probably make it rideable again and see if craigslist wants it.
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Old 08-30-18, 10:27 PM
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Update to my earlier post, a couple of pages back. The Peugeot had a stripped pedal thread, and I didnt feel like messing with French threads, so I took off the Stronglight TS, which had a few other cosmetic issues. I had a Sugino GT 52/34 laying around, so I put it on until I can find a more appropriate crank. I was surprised to find a 126mm BB spindle. Is that normal for these? No markings on bearing cups or spindle. Did my first real ride yesterday, and it all worked pretty well. Stock Simplex RD, Atom 5 speed 24t freewheel, Shimano Exage FD (broken Simplex FD), and Campy aero levers. FrankenFrench? Maybe, but it rides nice. It's not a museum piece, it's a rider. Hope to make it to Pasadena Vintage ride Sunday.

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Old 08-30-18, 10:41 PM
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Good work, @Slightspeed. Purity is overrated.
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+1 - that Sugino crank is classy and the Exage is unobtrusive. People are going to be too busy looking at the classic curve in the fork and the chrome socks anyway. Very nice.
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post

Did this come from an estate sale? I remember the posting about that sale, and I zoomed in on the ad pic to highlight a couple of nice ones. I think it was this and a Bauer. Looks really nice!
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Did this come from an estate sale? I remember the posting about that sale, and I zoomed in on the ad pic to highlight a couple of nice ones. I think it was this and a Bauer. Looks really nice!
It is. The Bauer was really nice. Recently saw it up for sale on CL. A guy literally beat me to it by a step. I would have bought both, at $65 each... The Follis had a 90's shimano derailleur that I changed to Suntour. Simplex bar ends.



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Motobecane Super Mirage. Came back recently in a trade for a mountain bike. Nice riding an orange bike again.
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Simplex bar ends.
What kind of Simplex barends?
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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post

What kind of Simplex barends?
looks like these... VeloBase.com - Component: Simplex Cross Commande (friction)
lever covers are in poor shape, but they are still there. Has the engraving on the body, so I guess they are the friction as opposed to the retro friction.

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I finally found the top-of-the-line "Canyon Express" I've been looking for.

That's quite beautiful. Looks like the 1984 model, in "cobalt blue."
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Low end bike boom... but I bet it rides nice. The saddle and bars were gonna be for my girl, but the frame was too big, so I’ll probably make it rideable again and see if craigslist wants it.
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Noyce foynde!

Gotta luv the way the shift cable makes a peregrenatory from the shift lever e...v...e...n...t...u...a...l...l...y to the front mech.

Appears to be the distaff counterpart to the machine posted recently by @rustystrings61 -

rustystrings61's c.1972 Liberia Grand Deluxe

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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
It is. The Bauer was really nice. Recently saw it up for sale on CL. A guy literally beat me to it by a step. I would have bought both, at $65 each... The Follis had a 90's shimano derailleur that I changed to Suntour. Simplex bar ends.


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Wonder if @verktyg 's company may not have been the distributor for this machine...

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No Follis Bikes

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-----Wonder if @verktyg 's company may not have been the distributor for this machine...-----
Never sold any Follis bikes. Didn't have access to them during the bike boom, afterwards the US source dried up. Saw a few during the 70's. The lower priced models where standard French fare. The middle and high end models were very nice (for French bikes Ha,Ha,Ha).

The top of the line Follis frames were Italian quality cosmetic wise.

Remember, The French built bikes to ride, not look at!

BTW, Follis built many of the tandem frames sold by other French brands: Peugeot, Motobecane, Bertin to name a few. Mel Pinto tandem frames were made by Follis too!

They were easy to spot, they had a twin plate fork crown:



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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
Has the engraving on the body, so I guess they are the friction as opposed to the retro friction.
That’s a bad entry (as my note indicates on veobase). It shows both models under one entry. The last photo shows the retrofriction model with the notch in the lever. If you have that model, you just made money - the levers alone would fetch at least $100. Though they are so rare that a fair price is hard to set.
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1982-1983 motobecane "mirage sport"

A rare MOTOBECANE "MIRAGE SPORT" for women

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Good heavens, what an elegant bike! No surprise, I suppose, since the French invented the word "chic".
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I surrender to temptation and bought an actual barn find ca. 73 Champion du Monde. I bought it mostly because I did not have a CdM with the plain block letters. Although you cannot see it in the auction photo, the frame finish was rough. Several hours of work with 1500 sandpaper, rubbing compound, and then polishing yielded an improved finish. It should be repainted, but I wanted one that was not. I am still working on the wheels but I didn't want to wait to ride it. More photos later.

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Nice work. The pedals are perfect!
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