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Can you i.d. this Follis and is it worth the time to restore

Old 05-01-10, 01:43 PM
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Can you i.d. this Follis and is it worth the time to restore

This Follis was abandoned and my apartments let me have it. I can't find a whole lot of info out there on these French bikes and the only number I found was a 60 near the front and 1747 on the rear fork. It needs help and I don't know if it was left in the elements too long to be saved. My good friend restores vintage items and I was going to let him have it if it was worth the effort.

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Old 05-01-10, 02:58 PM
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It's entry level. They ride nicely, and if it fits you and you want a beater, it'll be nice. Rims may be steel, in which case they warrant replacement.
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Thanks, Poguemahone. Rims are chrome(Rigid? I believe) but spokes are showing a little rust. It's not going to be for me to ride but as a project for my friend if it's worth his time. He just finished a bike that turned out amazing with a paint job that changes from greens, blues, and reds as you walk around it.
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Not worth the time to restore. Its too low end, and in bad shape. Its a donor bike IMHO. Chrome rims = steel.
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Old 05-01-10, 04:07 PM
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Thanks for the info Bill. I guess I can have my friend try to clean up any parts that look salvageable and put them on Ebay. It sat in the same spot exposed to the elements for least two years according the maintenance man at my apartments. I live in Austin and just last year alone it took a record tying Summer heat combined with one of the wettest Winters. I've been wondering who just left it there to die.
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I'll dissent.

That bike will never be a showpiece, and you won't ever make any money off of it, and you won't win the Tour de France on it. But as long as the fork and frame are straight and the frame's not rusted through, why not fix it up?

If you're interested in learning to work on bikes, why not start with le bird you have in ze hand?

Take it down to Yellow Bike and get to work. Meet new people. Learn new skills. Save an old bike. http://www.austinyellowbike.org/

And for god's sake, there's nothing inherently wrong with steel wheels unless they're rusted through. The just don't brake well when wet.

You probably will need: good quality brake pads, tubes, tires, chain, bearings, and maybe freewheel. Great summer project. Why the heck not?

Oh, yeah. Oxalic acid, not steel brush.

Hmm. If the spokes are bad, you may need to replace (easy enough) or relace the wheels. Another good skill to have and plenty of info on the web.
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I'm going to take it my friends house either tonight or tomorrow and see if he wants to help me clean it up. He's usually of the same sentiment as you about saving things that are easier to discard than work on. We were thinking if the frame wasn't shot it could be a team effort to restore. My daughter's just about getting her bike skills up to par where I can ride with her instead of running along as a mobile safety net. My bike was stolen as a youth due to my brother's carelessness and my step-father wouldn't replace it I guess as some sort of group punishment. Lately I've been feeling that I've been deprived of those bike memories and need to reconcile it with my soul.
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Originally Posted by RPM-45 View Post
Thanks for the info Bill. I guess I can have my friend try to clean up any parts that look salvageable and put them on Ebay. It sat in the same spot exposed to the elements for least two years according the maintenance man at my apartments. I live in Austin and just last year alone it took a record tying Summer heat combined with one of the wettest Winters. I've been wondering who just left it there to die.
The problem is while I enjoy working on a bike project as much or more than anyone (I work on them every week), financially, you can put a lot more into this bike than it will be worth when it is done. I find plenty of bikes to recycle, I just start with something a little higher up the food chain so that when I am done, it will be something nice. Whether it is a bike to keep, or to move to another home, I aim higher. If you have a bike co-op in the area, I would donate it. I routinely donate low end finds.

I fixed up my old college bike a couple of years ago, very similar in quality to your Follis. And when I was done, I had a really nice junky bike, that I put quite a bit of time, and a fair amount of money into. It takes just as much time, and just as much money, to fix up a junker as it does something decent.

If this bike had some sentimental value, then by all means, fix it up.

I run out of time before I run out of good bikes to rehabilitate. I have about 30 right now in my "to be fixed" backlog. So I usually pass on the lowest end stuff.

Myself, I would keep my eyes out for a nice project bike. They are out there.
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No sentimental value with it, Bill. I'll check into the co-op option.
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I had one like that a few years ago - found it abandoned too. Gave it to a friend. I believe it's a 072 Gent's. Mine had a Wright's saddle, but I'm pretty sure that wasn't stock. The frame is pretty good for a bottom of the line, but that crankset is horrendous. I'd either donate it, or just get it running and sell it off.

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Thats a nice one. Exactly the type of bike I look for and like to work on. It should clean up and ride well. If you happen upon a set of alloy wheels, it will ride even better.
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Thanks for the input, guys. The Linder-Euro piece you pasted there Zorro says the 572 was the winner of the Paris-Robaix etc. The Follis I have has a sticker on the frame that I didn't include that says Paris-Robaix, Tour des Flandres etc. and Professionales Constructionares (spelling error/bikes in garage) but consensus has been that this is an entry-level Follis. It couldn't be a 572 could it? The parts are closer to what the 072's are shown to come with.
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Thanks for the input, guys. The Linder-Euro piece you pasted there Zorro says the 572 was the winner of the Paris-Robaix etc. The Follis I have has a sticker on the frame that I didn't include that says Paris-Robaix, Tour des Flandres etc. and Professionales Constructionares (spelling error/bikes in garage) but consensus has been that this is an entry-level Follis. It couldn't be a 572 could it? The parts are closer to what the 072's are shown to come with.
Its an 072.
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