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Found a Follis 572, Please help

Old 07-08-10, 03:00 AM
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Found a Follis 572, Please help

Hey everyone,

My name is Mario and i found a Follis 572 bike tonight. Someone was throwing it out. They had it leaned up against their Garbage with a "Please Take" Sign on it. I have been looking for a bike to fix up for a really long time and i swear i think this is a present sent to me! I know absolutely nothing about bike but I've been wanting a 10 speed bike for a long time to fix up and make it look nice. I wanted some info on this bike

So it is a Follis, White with a Red follis logo going vertical. On the logo, it has "Championnat de France" on it. Everything looks original. It even has the this wire that lays just above the front tire that i think is to wipe mud off of it (I'm guessing). The bike is pretty beat-up but thats kind of what I've been looking for because i love fixing things up.

If you have any information on this bike, i would really appreciate it if you could let me know.
Things i would like to know:
- When was it made
- How valuable it is
- How much its worth
- should i try to restore it to original condition (Not really what i want to do unless its a really valuable bike, or should i sell it and get the money, or should i just sand it down, repaint it, and fix it up to my liking.

Thanks to all those who read this post!!
-Mario
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Old 07-08-10, 08:15 AM
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Without pictures and more details, such as frame tubing type, components, etc., you aren't going to get much help. I've only had experience with one Follis... I would doubt that it is worth a lot.
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Old 07-08-10, 08:48 AM
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I will post pictures later this afternoon. I'm not expecting it to be worth much i just want to know if its worth restoring it to original or if i should just tear it up and make it my own. But please come back tonight and check out the new pics.
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Follis are all over the place. In general, the higher the number, the better the bike. We do need pics, though. The nicer ones are Reynolds 531 with either SImplex or Campagnolo dropouts. Pictures, pictures, pictures.
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The 572 is near the top of the line. Very nice acquisition.

Direct your "What's it worth?" questions to that Sub-forum, please.
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Old 07-08-10, 10:09 AM
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It was moved outside of the C and V forum, which I think is a mistake. I agree with the name change, but no C and V people are going to read it if it's outside of the C and V forum.
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You've got a real find there. This: https://www.classicrendezvous.com/Fra.../follis_ad.htm is a link to a 1974 Follis price sheet, which ID's the 572 as there top-of-the-line race bike. Enjoy that thing!
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Originally Posted by beech333 View Post
Not to get picky or anything, the 572 sounds like a fantastic bike and I would consider myself fortunate to find one, but the link does state that the 672 is "simply the best".
Ahhh ... but the 572 is the "professional's professional" with several race laurels, including the Paris-Roubaix. I suppose it's a matter of taste in hyperbole.
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Ahhh ... but the 572 is the "professional's professional" with several race laurels, including the Paris-Roubaix. I suppose it's a matter of taste in hyperbole.
Apparently the pro riders didn't get the top-of-the-line equipment.

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Wouldn't be surprised if the 572 weighs slightly less when kitted out than the 672. I think the main difference between the two is Simplex/Stronglight components, vs Campagnolo.
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Wouldn't be surprised if the 572 weighs slightly less when kitted out than the 672. I think the main difference between the two is Simplex/Stronglight components, vs Campagnolo.
According to the above link, they're both "full Campagnolo."
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According to the above link, they're both "full Campagnolo."
Guess the memory ain't what it used to be. I must have been thinking of the 472 vs the 572.

Seeing as how they do list the weight on the 672, it is probably lighter.
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Any bike with tire savers is probably worth checking out....
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Upper line Follis are nice. I have one, frame bought years back off the bay for 25$. It's beat, but it rides nice. I'm not sure what mine is-- 531 frame (26.6 post) but frame sticker long gone. Simplex drops.
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