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Old 08-13-10, 09:27 PM
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Well...I just had to put her in. My 53/54ish Bianchi. She is old and she is unique, to me anyway. https://www.flickr.com/photos/umpire5...7622146368588/

My '63 Bianchi Record too. https://www.flickr.com/photos/umpire5...7622633356709/

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Old 08-13-10, 09:59 PM
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my stan miles track frame.
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Old 08-14-10, 10:16 AM
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My 1983ish Tempesta (Lino Tempesta, uncle to the Guerciotti brothers, taught them to build and ran Guerciotti building, built for Bianchi in the 1950s)

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Old 08-14-10, 01:21 PM
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I have seen a lot of the Blue Americas but no Burgundy ones.
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Old 08-14-10, 01:29 PM
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This thread is so awesome.

surely someone's got a highwheeler to add in to the mix....
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Old 08-14-10, 01:45 PM
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I really, really doubt anyone else has a bike like I have in the garage:
https://home.comcast.net/~jeff_wills/lightning/pages/lightning%20001.htm



I started with a Lightning recumbent frame. (Actually, it's my first "store-bought" recumbent.)
Built my own hard-shell seat (Lightnings come with mesh seats)
Had a custom steel handlebar riser made for it (stock is aluminum).
Built wheels on Campy C-Record high-flange hubs.
Equipped it with Campy Nuovo Record parts for the rest.

And it's been hanging in my garage ever since. I've been thinking of rebuilding it with more "normal" parts and actually riding it. Anybody want a collection of Record parts?

KonAaron: long ago I worked at a shop in San Diego. A couple customers were Motorola employees, and had Eddy Merckx bikes in Motorola colors, along with Motorola jerseys, shorts, and correct Specialized helmets.
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Old 08-14-10, 07:49 PM
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Originally a Saba - which was uncommon enough - I rebranded this as an Alpina after I removed all the Saba pantographing and modified the lug and BB shell cutouts and drillings.

I searched for years for a replacement Saba decal set to no avail. So, I made up my own bike! Sorta...

Metalwork and drillium by me, paint by Elliott Bay Bicycles:







I've never seen another Saba and only one other Alpina, therefore I figured she might have a place in this group - a group with some outstanding, beautiful machines!
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Old 08-14-10, 08:22 PM
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i love what you did with the FD clamp band. Nice bike.
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Old 08-14-10, 08:35 PM
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Wow! Lots of eye candy on the Alpina!
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Old 08-14-10, 08:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
I rebranded this as an Alpina after I removed all the Saba pantographing and modified the lug and BB shell cutouts and drillings.


I'm not going to ask why, but how?
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Old 08-14-10, 09:21 PM
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A Dremel tool with a grinding stone for the fluted seatstay caps, diamond-tipped awl for the cutout modifications, plus lots and lots of filing on the fork crown pantos. About a month's worth of metalwork, on and off, and I filed down all the lug points and modded the rear dropouts, too.

Someday I'd love to learn how to build my own frame from scratch...in fact, I wonder if there's a thread or two out there on framebuilding on C&V?
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Old 08-14-10, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by onetwentyeight View Post


my stan miles track frame.
WOW! That's a beauty - look at the thinning on those lugs, and that fork crown! Can we see another shot of the fork crown? And maybe it's own thread once it's built?

I hope so!
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Old 08-14-10, 09:29 PM
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I'm not much for showing off, partially because I don't have much that would be of real interest . But here are some quick pics of my rare-ish ones...


~1978 Carabela with beat-up paint. It's the same thing as the Windsor AM-10 under their other name. I haven't seen too many Carabelas around.



1966 Hercules with all-chrome frame. I still need to replace the saddle and cable housing and do a few more general things to it. The original red paint around the headtube was in a sorry state so it's been repainted in the original pattern. I still need to find reference photographs of the decals so I can have them reproduced and finish this thing up.



Spect JM. The only thing I have which truly is unique since the frame has decidedly non-standard geometry. I periodically search for any information but in four years this is still the only one I've heard of.



1991 Bianchi Project-7. Yeah, a few people around here have one but there's essentially no information or reference material out there so it's rare enough. Plus, I ride it all the time and just wanted to include it . I'm saving the original tires.
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I've had that frame for 5 years and its been built up several different ways, none of which I look at now and wish to share, really. I was newer to vintage bikes then but had a good eye for craftsmanship. I was hit by a car while riding it a few years ago (hit and run, did a number on me and the bike) crumpling the main triangle, but had it repaired by a local guy. Currently it sits in a raw unpainted state above my kitchen cabinets as part of a display. I am waiting till I am ready for the dream custom frame where I plan on having a builder I trust unbraze the frame and rebuild the lugs it into something that will be more in line with how I like to ride.







I believe the frame was actually built by Bill Hurlow for Stan Miles' shop.
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Thanks for the extra pictures of the Stan Miles. I think that's one of the most beautiful fork crowns I have ever seen, period. Sorry to hear of the frame's sad history, and I hope you can put it back together the way you want it.

Thanks again - very nice object d'art.
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Thanks. It will rise again, but not until im at a point in my life where I dont live paycheck to paycheck.

Until then, heres another one of mine, I've posted it before but people seem to like it.

Carlton Flyer with Sturmey ASC in townie fire road scorcher mode...

Now with different pedals (Lyotard Berthet with Binda Extras) and a campy high flange to ma2 front wheel (the generator has moved to my jack taylor). I made all the cable guides by modifying old campy clamp ons.







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Old 08-15-10, 02:38 AM
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Since I´m swedish and prefer swedish rides I think my herd is unmatched on the international circuit. You´ve seen it before - my upgraded & a dream to ride Monark -75.
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Raleigh Tourist Conversion

I bought this DL-1 brand new from a dealer in Berkeley in 1983. It would be nice to know if Raleigh did these "conversions" at the factory. And if so, how many were made? The lug welding looks professional but is an obvious add-on to the lady's model.
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Is this unusual?It's a Monark Rocket, & it's been in my family for 62+ years.
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My 190somethng Saftey. still trying to ID it. The rest of the bits are boxed up waiting funds for a proper build.



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Old 10-27-10, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Beech333 something about that bikes looks oddly familiar....

well lets see, unique? hhmmmmm how about my RIGI? I forget the number but I know the importer only brought in around 1000 or so. I recall seeing an article in Bicycling Magazine in the early '90s about a guy who had like 40 of them so I would call this unique. especially since the design has not really been copied.


currently it is number 2 in the que for a makeover. I may put that seat on one of the Bianchis.


The French Mecacycle Turbo frames had a similar double seat tube, but the Turbo had more of a tuning fork configuration that starts out as a conventional singe tube at top near the saddle to accomodate the seat tube but then splits to two tubes some inches down. The Mecacyle frames were made from Vitus 980 tubing.

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nice thread resurrection! i didn't know about this thread until today. here are a couple of fairly unique bikes in my collection... unique at least in my little corner of the world:

my 1972 jeunet road bike, converted to porteur. not so unique, as jeunet was a bike-boom bike maker, but there aren't many found in the US. and, even fewer, if any, converted in this way:



and my wife's bike, a 1973 union savoy. there were thousands of this exact bike made in holland at the time, but it's rare to see any in the US:

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Old 10-27-10, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Pars View Post
You're probably sick of seeing this, but pretty rare. '73 Raleigh RRA



And yes, gomango wins :rofl:
Nice, but what's with all that cheezy Italian junk on it? '73 RRAs were equipped with Stronglight, Simplex, Weinmann, etc. Keep it real, will ya?

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I really need to take some better pics of this but here goes:

A friend who was working at Fat City and now Indy Fab built this up for me in his spare time. I just had to pay his cost for the TSX tubes and lugs. It is a street/track custom 62cm rig. He still wishes to remain anonymous.
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Ok I have a couple weird ones.
84 Fuji Touring III "Lurch edition". While a 64cm T III is not all that rare, how many came with a what appears to be a factory 48 spoke rear wheel? The rims match and are the models listed for the bike. THe hub is a Specialized tandem.


The second is was I was told was a Raleigh from the widow of the original owner that bought the bike new in Oxford England where he is from. I am not even sure it is a Raleigh. The SN looks nothing like a Raleigh SN. I cant find a picture of any Raleigh frame that looks the exact same. Campy Drops, Very light so it is a 531 or better. The tops of the seat stays look like a Sports. The bike came with center pulls as it has a cable bridge like a super course. Has plain lugs with no windows and the rear brake cable is mounted on the top of the top tube like a 80's bike. Fork looks Raleigh and has a right side headlight bracket but I do no see any hints of Chrome on the forks or stays.
It sports high flange Campy record hubs and the front sports a concave weinmann that I believe to be original to the bike. Now most upper end Raleigh's of the late 70's early 80's came with low flange with 700c wheels (many with the Concave Weinmann). This bike wears 27's. It has a 600 Arabesque RD that dates mid 78 that I think may be original as are the Dallas bars on a Roto stem. I believe it was originally all white.

I assume the Campy NR seat post is original but I suspect the PO is responsible for the Drillium addition.

Whoa! The seatpost on that Raleigh(?) is SCARY! Gives me the willies just lookin' at it.

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