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Old 09-23-11, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by lotek View Post
who builds Jan Janssen bikes.
Well, it's just one of the answers. AFIK Jan Janssen started out with Flandria frames, but was not happy with the quality. I think this could be a Flandria:





Later, Janssen sold rebadged Vitus's and Japanese Aero bikes as well.
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Haha, glad someone mentioned the questionable quality of Flandria's framebuidling.
Anyone else come across the story about Freddy Maertens: he didn't like the Flandria frames so had some built by De Rosa. The boss didn't approve, but Freddy sneaked them into the Flandria factory for a respray. When he came to collect his frames he found them mangled up in a skip in front of the factory - the boss had them smashed up.

Can't remember where I heard that now...
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I've encountered 80's Jan Janssen frames that were just rebranded Vitus 979 frames. I surprises me a bit that a Belgian marque would sell French made bikes. I thought the two countries don't really get along that well in terms of national pride stuff........Just like how Agatha Christie made us aware by showing how Hercule Poirot does not appreciate it when he is mistaken as a Frenchman.......

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Old 10-24-11, 02:16 PM
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Apparently it was fairly common in those days for professional riders to bring their own frames and have them repainted in the sponsors' colors, as some of these sponsors, like Flandria and Superia only made mass-produced bikes. Rik van Looy is known to have ridden a Masi dressed up as a Superia, and is said to still own an Italian-built Flandria.

Perhaps an idea for a new thread: bikes that are dressed down.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Apparently it was fairly common in those days for professional riders to bring their own frames and have them repainted in the sponsors' colors, as some of these sponsors, like Flandria and Superia only made mass-produced bikes. Rik van Looy is known to have ridden a Masi dressed up as a Superia, and is said to still own an Italian-built Flandria.

Perhaps an idea for a new thread: bikes that are dressed down.
Would you say that is similar to how the 7-eleven team supposedly rode "Huffys" in the 80's?? Were they really Huffys???....really???

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Old 10-24-11, 02:24 PM
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Hmmm... I just bought it.

All I have is the sellers pics;

http://customcabinets.com/Merckx/
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very nice Merckx...
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
Would you say that is similar to how the 7-eleven team supposedly rode "Huffys" in the 80's?? Were they really Huffys???....really???

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You didn't know they were Serotta's? Really?
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Old 10-24-11, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
Hmmm... I just bought it.

All I have is the sellers pics;

http://customcabinets.com/Merckx/
Probably a Flandria ...
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Not sure what a flandria is...

According to the seller it is a NOS 91 corsa with NOS C-record!

It's on the truck and I should know for sure latter this week!

I needed another bike like a hole in my head, but this one should be very nice.....(I hope)!

Glad the C&V board likes it!
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You didn't know they were Serotta's? Really?
I didn't know they were Serottas, but I always knew they weren't "Huffys".........no way or I'd be shopping for my next set of tubs from Kmart......

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This was at one time very common. Merlin made Greg LeMond's TDF bikes. Pegoretti built Michael Indurain's bikes and had Pinnerrlo paint them.

Many more I am sure.

Oh yes, the Huffys had Serotta brake stays.
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
I've encountered 80's Jan Janssen frames that were just rebranded Vitus 979 frames. I surprises me a bit that a Belgian marque would sell French made bikes.
Chombi,

Flandria is from Belgium. Jan Janssen isn't. They are Dutch. I've had several Vitus frames that were branded 'Jan Janssen'. Two of them were MTB frames: the CL1 an SC1. JJ also carried the 992 in their line up.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
1976 Superia 3000, entry level bike, got it from a neighbor. My favorite tubing sticker of all time:
Beautiful green!

and it's BONDERIZED!

EDIT: And after scrolling through this, you guys all have a bunch of beautiful bikes. I didn't know I was a Belgian Bike Fan (a latent Belgian Bike fan= LBBF!)

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Note to you BLOWHARD MORONS out there: The fork is not bent. Most PEUGEOTS of the '70s forks DID NOT line up with the head tube angle. This is normal. The last pic is from the 1972 Dutch catalog showing this EXACT MODEL in diagram. Keep your comments to yourself......

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Originally Posted by Elev12k View Post
Chombi,

Flandria is from Belgium. Jan Janssen isn't. They are Dutch. I've had several Vitus frames that were branded 'Jan Janssen'. Two of them were MTB frames: the CL1 an SC1. JJ also carried the 992 in their line up.
I assumed he/they were Belgian as the brand came up in this discussion. Thank you for the correction. I was a bit suspicious as Janssens sounds too Nordic to be somebody from Belgium....I guess I thoghtt he could have moved south.....

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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
I assumed he/they were Belgian as the brand came up in this discussion. Thank you for the correction. I was a bit suspicious as Janssens sounds too Nordic to be somebody from Belgium....I guess I thoghtt he could have moved south.....

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Actually, 'Jans(s)en(s)' and 'Pe(e)ters' are to Belgium what 'Smith' and 'Jones' are to the english-speaking world.
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The Jan Janssen factory is located in Putte, which is a small town where the border runs through. So you have a part located in the Netherlands and a part located in Belgium. I don't know on which side the actual factory is located, but since Jan Janssen is a Dutch cyclist I always thought of them as being Dutch bikes.

Another brand from Belgium that you can see regularly is Giacomelli.
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Originally Posted by TimmyT View Post
I didn't know I was a Belgian Bike Fan (a latent Belgian Bike fan= LBBF!)
Thanks, on behalf of all these posters. That's why the thread is here. Time to unveil the hidden treasures.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Thanks, on behalf of all these posters. That's why the thread is here. Time to unveil the hidden treasures.
you know what happens when you unveil these hidden treasures? the prices go up on Kapaza and Marktplaats !
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you know what happens when you unveil these hidden treasures? the prices go up on Kapaza and Marktplaats !
As does the value of my bikes, which - to be honest - is not a bad thing considering what's happening to my pension fund these days ...
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Hello,

Here's a link to a post about a bike I found near me in Belgium. It's made by 'Safe', a producer from Belgium. As you can see, it needs some work doing to it, but could be an interesting project.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...4#post13418934

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G. Pintens 1977:

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...00041.JPG.html
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Hello,

Here's a link to a post about a bike I found near me in Belgium. It's made by 'Safe', a producer from Belgium. As you can see, it needs some work doing to it, but could be an interesting project.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...4#post13418934

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Just made a trip to Belgium to pick up this Martelly. Needs some work, but I think it is very pretty. Check out the "seat fork".







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