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Old 02-02-12, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by ericbaker
is this Will Appelhans?
No, Mike Appel of Chicago is the builder in question. Formerly and now again at Trek.





Also, i had a Grandis:



didn't realize i collected obscure bikes

But then, there's a lead: My Garage also contains

- Rickert (Dortmund, Germany)
- Textima (East-German, provided many track cyclists bikes)
- Zunow (Osaka, Japan)
- Casati (if Zullo, Grandis or Chesini are obscure, they should be, too)
- Girardengo
- Learco Guerra (all IT)
- Kessels (BEL)
- Maxisports (FR, Cyrill Guimard)

so what do you say, obscure or not?!
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I haven't seen many other Raulers around. I bought the frame from a forum member on craigslist when I lived in Chicago and built it up with parts from a wrecked Gios Torino Super Record. This bike has some beautiful pantos and really is of really superb quality, but I am having the same problem that its previous owner did...it's a little too small for me!!

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Old 02-02-12, 09:44 AM
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Not obscure or rare, but not common either. Gianni Motta Personal 2000.
(particularly uncommon top mount DT shifters)
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Originally Posted by martl
No, Mike Appel of Chicago is the builder in question. Formerly and now again at Trek.





Also, i had a Grandis:



didn't realize i collected obscure bikes

But then, there's a lead: My Garage also contains

- Rickert (Dortmund, Germany)
- Textima (East-German, provided many track cyclists bikes)
- Zunow (Osaka, Japan)
- Casati (if Zullo, Grandis or Chesini are obscure, they should be, too)
- Girardengo
- Learco Guerra (all IT)
- Kessels (BEL)
- Maxisports (FR, Cyrill Guimard)

so what do you say, obscure or not?!
LOVE the Grandis! If you ever decide to part ways, please let me know as it would look good under my wife.
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Old 02-02-12, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
LOVE the Grandis! If you ever decide to part ways, please let me know as it would look good under my wife.
Sorry, it is already looking good under a fellow collector's wife...

But i might get a nice similar Paletti soon... i'll contact you once i got pics if that's ok.
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Old 02-02-12, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by jan nikolajsen
How about a stack of smaller Dutch builders:

Zieleman
Roover
Springfield
Jabo
Verhoeven
Van Tuyl
Magneet
Bontekoe
Jonkers
Huissoon

..to name a few.
Jan De Reus. At one time lotek thought he and I had the only examples in the states. A few more have popped up since then. I now own lotek's frame and my original frame is out there somewhere.

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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Dick Power
For some odd reason I thought Dick Power was a bike shop. Guess I was wrong there.
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Guess I'm some kind of obscurantist too...

Zullo Special



Fondriest Wind



Cyclops



Casati Monza



Battaglin Giro



UScannini

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A couple of Belg-Ital Steel's which I don't think he'll mind me posting.

Another UScannini from Belg-Ital Steel



Rauler Sport from Belg-Ital Steel

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Not sure as to desirability, but I very rarely see another Cilo. I know another BF member has a 531 touring model. Mine is Columbus Aelle, the components currently are a mishmash, mainly 600, but I was gradually moving it towards being Campy back in the early 90s. It was originally a lighter blue, but I had it repainted in ~1990 after an RD/dropout failure and crash.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Dick Power



No way. You made that one up.

My middle school students would find this bike endlessly amusing.
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone
No way. You made that one up.

My middle school students would find this bike endlessly amusing.
And you don't?
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Here is my '73 Ron Kit titanium (a re-branded Speedwell). This one is still in project status, so please excuse the "as-found" photos.



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Here's some background on Dick Power and his tragic story: https://www.thevintagebikelife.com/#!...sunnyside-desc

While you're there, check out the rest of Eddie's site. He is a serious collector & bike historian, as well as pretty fine photographer.
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Here's a couple that haven't been mentioned yet:

Italian:

Galmozzi


Faggin


Japanese (all hand built brands exported in very small quantities):

Zunow


Ravanello (a Japanese corruption of the word "habanero" after the hot pepper)


Cherubim (founded by Hiroshi Konno, brother of Yoshi Konno founder of San Rensho, now run by Hiroshi's son Shinichi)


Toei


the "Yokota" pictured earlier was a new one for me!
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To ME at least, this is obscure and rarely seen. Just picked this one up this week, not sure if I am keeping or not, it is a bit big for me. It rides very nice, but needs a little work, a little scratched up, not quite 100% original. Austro Daimler Inter-10, it IS a tall boy.
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Does this count?
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Andycapp - I would say so. It would be interesting to hear more about it. RubberLegs - nice too see your Astro Daimler, although their various models over the years make them easier to come across.

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My "Saved From the Dump" Weros with old Dura-Ace.

Seems like a nice quality full 531 frame.

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Has anyone else seen one of Art (A D) Stump's bikes (Santa Monica CA)? Gorgeous stuff, very limited hand production. I wish I had a picture, sorry ...

O. Cap's bikes are pretty rare outside of Austria. He exported a few hundred to the US circa 1960. (His 4-letter first name, which starts and ends in O and has two T's in the middle, always gets censored -- go figure.)
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
Here is my '73 Ron Kit titanium (a re-branded Speedwell). This one is still in project status, so please excuse the "as-found" photos.
Yowch!! Good thing Ti tubes don't oxidize. Hope to see it re-born here sometime.
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Oh, and I've only seen one other one of these (also referenced here on BF):





Dennis Sparrow custom built in Missoula, Montana. Still haven't been able to lock down many details, although from the serial number I'm pegging its build year around 1979.

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