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Colin Laing duo: Lightweight wonders with handpainted decals

Old 05-19-10, 01:00 PM
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Colin Laing duo: Lightweight wonders with handpainted decals

Just picked these up, $200 each. Seller knew what he had (custom made for him & wife), I knew what I got, and we both are happy with the transaction. For my wife & son.

Reynolds 531, all 11 tubes. Mostly Suntour Superbe, a little Cyclone and some Campy, Stronglight, Omas and Mavic.

Neat detailing: pump pegs on seat stays, long point lugs, hand painted touches.

With some new tires, replacement gum hoods, Brooks saddles and off course a complete overhaul these should be fine rides for a family hooked on velo sport.

Better pictures when I get them cleaned.















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Nice!!! Excellent and relatively unsung (outside the PHX are) builder. Looking forward to seeing them spiffed up.
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That's all? 50 views and already forgotten on page two? I thought you guys were all over small American (well, expat) custom frame builders with exquisite lug work and cool details....

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I like the seat stay pump pegs. I have never seen them there before, or heard of the builder. You should find one in your size so y'all can match. Awesome finds though!

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That's all? 50 views and already forgotten on page two? I thought you guys were all over small American (well, expat) custom frame builders with exquisite lug work and cool details....
I've been out working on a friends bike so I really been checking the forum much today. Those bikes have a lot to like about them, very neat. I like the funky Superbe tech rear derailleur, you don't see a whole lot of those. I wonder well how the RD works?
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That's a freakin' steal. Lucky...
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Wow, that seatstay mitre is off the map. Nice score. Stunning machine.
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Hi Jan,

Very nice bikes, and that is probably going to qualify you for a deal of the week award.

I talked to a fellow two summers ago in San Francisco that was riding a Colin Laing. Said it was as nice as his Della Santa.

I had forgotten about this builder till your post. The lug work looks very nice on both bikes. Also fun to see the component choices, all of that Suntour goodness!

I am curious about the builder though, any other tidbits of background info to share with us?

These two will clean up beautifully. I like both, but the orange one floored me. What a looker.

Hope you are enjoying the summer riding season!

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Colin is British. He moved to AZ during the bike boom, after working for some prestigious companies back home. He also served in one or more of the Queen's elite military units.

He retired only a few years back due to health. Approaching his seventies now. Known as an enigmatic character in the Phoenix area.

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+10 Find of the week. Seller might have known what he had, but he sold them cheap. Nice grab.
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Colin posts over on CR list, he's quite an interesting guy.
Gorgeous bikes.
Know what you mean about threads sliding downward, posted my newly repainted trek and
meh, its on page 2 after about 10 hours.
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Sorry, previously posted pics in this post and above were not Laing's shop as I thought.

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The orange Laing saw some action today. Bjorn is impressed.


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The orange Laing saw some action today. Bjorn is impressed.


Great find Jan!!! This is a fantastic pic!

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That is a very happy fellow with a new bike.

Wonderful pic indeed.
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The big grin may be a result of having a 2 oz bottle of homemade GU to his disposal.

Anyway, the wide angle lens on my Ricoh make the bike appear much bigger than it is
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I am not familiar with GU, what is it? That is a great picture, the bike looks like a good size for your son.
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The original energy gel. A pricey, wasteful little packet of carbs.

Easily produced in any kitchen by mixing rice syrup with a flavoring or two of your choice: cocoa, lemon juice etc. Then buy the $2.00 reusable bulk bottle and you have nutrition at your fingertips for hammering out that next century.

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The original energy gel. A pricey, wasteful little packet of carbs.

Easily produced in any kitchen by mixing rice syrup with a flavoring or two of your choice: cocoa, lemon juice etc. Then buy the $2.00 reusable bulk bottle and you have nutrition at your fingertips for hammering out that next century.
Ah, excellent. Jan, I admire your self reliance/ resourcefulness.
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The drillium and seat lug work is awesome. Your son is one fortunate boy!
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Just finished rebuilding the black Laing into Sonja's distance bike. A non-materialist at heart, she has a hard time with the fact that there's now 3 bikes to her disposal. But she also knows what good it does me to wrench on all these rides, so she's slowly warming up to the idea!

Besides a total rebuild, I also changed a few things. The gearing is modified to suit the mountains around here, with a compact crank while retaining the 13-26 rear cluster.

No-name dual pivot calipers also reflect the steep descents aforementioned mountains invariably provide.

The original Suntour Superbe Tech RD was just too odd to stay on the bike. Instead we now have a long cage Campy.

We kept the 27" wheels since the rims are high quality in excellent condition, and the SS spokes are double butted. The trade-off is the lack of good tires. We just got some wire beaded Conti Sport something or another.




Veloce compact crank, NR front derailer, Mavic SSC pedals, Christophe clips


Last generation Rally, NR rear hub, six speed Suntour freewheel


Omas headset, Suntour Bar-Cons,


Tektro calipers, Victory levers, 3TTT bar and stem


Mavic G40 rims, NR front hub
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I think Colin would approve.
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Tasteful build Jan! You are making the most of your time off of the bike I see.
The Campy stuff looks great on the bike, a nice blend of a bit more modern and vintage. I think Tektro's are underrated. They have a decent finsh, they function great, often weigh less than the big name brakes, and 1/3 of the price when new.
My wife had two bikes at one time and she did not understand it. She could not even tell you what color her bike is even though she rides it frequently. When they are on the rack she ask me which one is hers sometimes.
Her bike is a 47cm mine are 58ish.

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I think Colin would approve.
I hope so. Our first truly handmade bikes. Good feeling to know that one man was all it took to put these together.

May his health improve.
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I hope so. Our first truly handmade bikes. Good feeling to know that one man was all it took to put these together.

May his health improve.
I'll forward your pictures to my friend, who is a good friend of Colin's. I'll ask him to show Colin, I don't think Colin has a computer.

I'm sure he would approve.

PS-- Jan, I'll try to dig up photos of the last bike Coin did and send them to your private email--not for the forum
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