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Old 02-23-19, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
While I'm at it: here's an update on the unidentified Belgian from post # 549. Since I entered it in the Clunker Challenge, funds for refurbishment were somewhat limited, but it came out rather nicely anyway, if I say so myself.



Most handsome non-fixie and always a treat to encounter the Verot TS.

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Beautifully made. Maybe we should do a separate thread on all those frames the Martens' built for others.
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Old 02-23-19, 03:36 PM
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Most handsome non-fixie and always a treat to encounter the Verot TS.

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Thank you. The most interesting thing I've found with the $100 Clunker Challenge is that with that budget limit you can't just raid the parts bin for a the build, but have to make do with what the previous owner thought appropriate and bolted on. In this case he bolted wisely, as the bike is a joy to ride.
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Old 05-10-19, 09:21 PM
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Great day today! Took my first ride on the RN President. Light fast and smooth. The feel of this carefully built bicycle is something to behold.



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Awesome! Thanks for posting it here.
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Old 05-11-19, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Awesome! Thanks for posting it here.
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Gotta luv this finish!

Does anyone know how these finishes are accomplished?

Reckon it could be called "marbled."

Somewhat reminiscent of the "smoked" finishes seen on some Allegro cycles.

Have heard that those were achieved with the aid of a fan.

Wonder how this effect done.

Thread on this cycle here in case anyone missed it -

Royal Nord President circa 1967

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This is my early 70s (perhaps late 60s) Libertas as I found the bike. It has an odd mix of parts: suntour hubs and mavic MA 40 rims, triple T stem and cinelli bar (26.4 handlebar in a 26.0 stem!), an SR campy copy seatpost, no name quill pedals, universal cx brakes, zeus grand sport crank, campagnolo NR RD and suntour cyclone FD and shifters. The frame is Reynolds 531 with campagnolo drop outs. The bike will need some work but she'll clean up nicely with some elbow grease:

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Old 06-07-19, 04:05 AM
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1976 Superia 3000, entry level bike, got it from a neighbor. My favorite tubing sticker of all time:



sweet ride!
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Old 06-07-19, 08:06 AM
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Nice!
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Cool chain guard!
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Old 06-12-19, 01:13 AM
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Having been driven to show one of my Italian bikes (Galmozzi) I'm feeling the need to balance it with the core subject of my addiction.

Yes, from times to times I get diverted by the high standards of Italian bikes or finding surprisingly french racing bikes deserving ownership (don't get me wrong but French bikes are usually reaching the top whith randonneur bikes rather than racing ones) but my collecting thema is still the Belgian bikes.

So which recent one to share?
The unknown prewar randonneur with the missing monitor cam brakes?
No. If from top quality, not complete and unknown brand.
The belgian "concours de machine" wining tandem?
No. Too long and would require the readers to purchase larger monitors.

So why not this often copied belgian bike?
Copied by belgians like Martensly or Devos (Volpely) or by a rather minor Italian brand (the name is currently escaping my mind)
I realise that it may hurt or offend some ... but that's part of my game.

So here one of the best belgian production: A Folnago, in the Sooper Forma attires.

When I found it, I've to admit I was rather confused.


What is this by bagheerabe,

Ah! This must be a rather common ...
But... Wait !


Heart on Colnago? by bagheerabe,

No. This is the signature of a ... Other Italian name

Wrong! Totally wrong!
I had to realize I would need to produce the decals by myself and starting with the tubes...


VraiCoOlumbus by bagheerabe,

Let me present you one of my best riding bikes. The often copied but never equalized Folnago


Folnago Super Roma by bagheerabe, on Flickr

The ride quality is even marginaly better than my Merckx Fiat (team bike)

The Super Forma celebrated 2 victories (must have been Rik I and Rik II, of course)


Folnago Super Roma by bagheerabe,

A look at the fork should convince the congnoscenti of the model

Folnago Super Roma by bagheerabe,

I just realized that I didn't picture it completed

Folnago Super Roma by bagheerabe,


Folnago Super Roma by bagheerabe,


Folnago Super Roma by bagheerabe,

So...
Before sending the cavalry to jail me...
This is a One Off, likely by one of the best belgian frame maker (of course in Brussels)


The maker I'm thinking of, has perhaps also framed a bike for Mercksissimo

If now you think of Cloves as only Colnago, well, this was probably also used by other brands in Belgium or France and it is likely that yet another belgian little shop precluded the Colnago usage.
If you hear that the seventies belgian Colnago production is higher than the complete WW colnago production, it is true but ... with sometimes not more than a decalc set, sometimes perfect copies (not like this one) and anyway, who can say that the Colnago's sold by Colnago were all produced in his plant?

I'm happy.
I have a unique wonderfull bike at my size.
All details show craftmanship, even If I believe they went too far by removing lots of metal from the campa drop outs (had to straigthen both rear drop outs)
If it would have been a Colnago, plenty of people would have had the same.
Not here

Please note that the limitations imposed on this forum prevented me to use irronical smileys that would have helped the people to get my tone...
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Old 06-12-19, 04:00 PM
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Thanks for sharing this wonderful machine, @Munny! Much appreciated.

And you can always make a separate second post with all the intended smileys.

BTW, will you be in Oudenaarde this weekend?
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Old 06-13-19, 12:10 AM
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So the intended smileys were , ,



Sorry for the WE, I can't make it
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