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Old 07-09-18, 11:26 AM
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Nice to see you're posting here again, @Lenton58!
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Old 07-09-18, 12:29 PM
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Ficelle

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This machine was recently on Minnesota CL and sold quickly as it was priced at 50USD.

Suspect it originally hailed from ~1973 but has had numerous fittings replaced.

Importer was Island Cycle Supply Co. of Minneapolis; now out of business.

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/fi...134252&slide=0

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Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
Hello reelsteel: I can only say that I was startled when I saw the pictures of your Di Bartolomei. Every detail appears to be the same as my "SIMPLON 4 Star, even down to the paint design. The chromium tubes are the same, as well as the lugs and their windows, ferrel guides the lot! I see the forks are Columbus, so should I assume the rest of the frame is too? (My triangle is badged as Reynolds 531.) I had fotos of my bike on this forum, but they have dinosaured, and AFAIK no longer appear. I will update with new ones soon, and we can compare.

For reasons I will forgo here, I have always thought that Simplon contracted someone to build my frame. And I thought I had a pretty good guess in regards to a larger Italian maker that used to produce frames for some very good marques when their orders were piling up. I'll have to dig back in my stuff to see the name I forget. It was not the charming little shop you show here.

Of the three bikes I am currently riding, the Simplon is my most favourite ride. In 2010 I bought it in auction, and it was shipped from Budapest to Japan where I live. I built it as single-speed on tubs. The frame is asymmetrical: 56x54. It fits me perfectly.

I've been away from Bike Forums for awhile; I'll be back soon with some pics.
Hello @Lenton58 , I guess you're wondering if Renato Di Bartolomei also made your Simplon frame.

I imagine there were many small artisan builders in Italy at the time (early 1980's) who followed the same style and had access to the same lugs and braze-ons, but you never know. I'd like to see some pictures of your Simplon.

In the meantime here are some more pictures of the Di Bartolomei:



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Old 07-09-18, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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This machine was recently on Minnesota CL and sold quickly as it was priced at 50USD.

Suspect it originally hailed from ~1973 but has had numerous fittings replaced.

Importer was Island Cycle Supply Co. of Minneapolis; now out of business.

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/fi...134252&slide=0

[attempted to post individual images but they would not display]

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Old 07-10-18, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
The Bauer is probably Steve Bauer, Olympic medalist for Canada and wore the yellow jersey at the Tour for a few days. I think he either built frames for a while or licensed his name.

Just noticed you're local to me -- speaking of Canadian cycling greats, maybe I'll run into you on my Jocelyn Lovell-built bike one of these days. I've got a modern Campy Veloce 10-speed group on there right now (sacrilege I know but I'd rather ride it than look at it) and the thing is an absolute blast to ride. I need to clean it up and get some good pics for this thread one of these days.
Hey, I'll be riding the Lizard Under the Skillet on my Canadian bike -- Devinci is not an obscure make, but this one seems to be, as I've been unable to dig up any significant information about it -- this coming Sunday morning (sans flag)! If you're in town for the ride, keep an eye out for me. I'm starting early, because the forecast looks grotesquely hot and humid.

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Has anyone mentioned Griffon? I know where there is one for sale - Griffon Frameset 62cm
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Since I just picked up a frame... Proteus.
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Since I just picked up a frame... Proteus.
not too uncommon. Especially in Baltimore/ DC area.
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Originally Posted by cog_nate View Post
Hey, I'll be riding the Lizard Under the Skillet on my Canadian bike -- Devinci is not an obscure make, but this one seems to be, as I've been unable to dig up any significant information about it -- this coming Sunday morning (sans flag)! If you're in town for the ride, keep an eye out for me. I'm starting early, because the forecast looks grotesquely hot and humid.
Ah cool, random Canadian bikes inexplicably in Kansas unite!

On the fence about the Lizard but we'll see, sometimes I change my mind at the last minute.
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