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Old 02-03-12, 11:45 AM
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Dawes-man, the BB arrangement on your Thanet is something to behold!
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yeah Dawes-man, just like that one! the pictures you took from that vintage ride in Japan were fantastic. Apparently the BB design on the Thanet had a lot of issues. I don't remember enough to recount here, but an old timer at the Rapha show went on a rant about them while I was admiring it.
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Old 02-03-12, 03:47 PM
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A Halfords Sport. House brand from a store that is not particularly well known for its nice bikes. This one slipped through somehow. Don't know who built it. Reynolds 531. Wraparound seat stays suggest Falcon.









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Originally Posted by Catnap
yeah Dawes-man, just like that one! the pictures you took from that vintage ride in Japan were fantastic. Apparently the BB design on the Thanet had a lot of issues. I don't remember enough to recount here, but an old timer at the Rapha show went on a rant about them while I was admiring it.
Yes, the original Silverlights had an un-lugged bb shell, later ones like mine had lugs added for reinforcement. I've also been told by someone who worked with Les Cassels, the owner of the company, that the frames would break as they were all 1" tubing and were a basically flawed design. Others point to Brian Walker, a journalist, who toured all around Europe laden with camping gear on one without problem.
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Not high end or a Chicago Turin but still somewhat obscure


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Old 02-03-12, 07:51 PM
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obscure? don't know...but i like it...my magni...



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Interesting extended seat tube. What's the seatpost binder look like?

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Wow lots of fabulous bikes here. After seeing some of them I am almost embarassed about jumping in first with my humble Cornelo.

Does this qualify as obscure?

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Not valuable, but certainly obscure:
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Dick Power was a craftsman in Woodside, Long Island, New York. (Who would want to admit coming from Queens at a time when it was less desirable than today?)

A September 16, 2011 NY Times article that included references to Dick Power's work. He died in 1973.
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The jewels of his collection are three Dick Power handmade frames from the 1950s. Stunningly beautiful, with elegant pinstriping and fine craftsmanship, the bicycles are a link to an almost forgotten time in the city’s cycling history when a wooden track drew athletes and spectators to Coney Island, and hand-builders produced custom bikes for a small group of racers.
Classic Rendezvous has a few images of Dick Power's models.

Dick Power holding a "mini velo":
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Since I´m swedish and doing Monark and Crescent´s my bikes are obscure per definition (in your corner of the world). But former pro Gösta "Fåglum" Pettersson collaborated with several brands in his post-career bike shop. Here´s a true gem: Italian Romani built in Gösta´s shop. In classic Crescent orange! Not in my possession though...
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I bought this Corbetta from a CL add five years ago. Columbus frame that weighted 20 pounds. I ride a 56 so this huge bike was a little to large for me. I never cleaned or serviced it as I new a guy 6'6" that was looking for a bike and sold it as is. This is the only one I have ever seen any where including the internet.
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Now this is odd I just went and did a search of Spanish sites that sell bikes and I found my old Corbetta. there are many Corbetta bikes for sale and I found that mine was Columbus -SL as I had thought. There is even a picture of the Columbus decal that everyone thought was a fake on my original thread about this bike back in 2007.Took me five years to find anything on this bike
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Dick Power holding a "mini velo":
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"Hmm" I wonder where that mini velo bike is now? It would look nice sitting on my desk.
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Originally Posted by martl
No, Mike Appel of Chicago is the builder in question. Formerly and now again at Trek.



Here's an unusual Appel -- the "Impaler:"

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Originally Posted by jbchybridrider
Dick Power holding a "mini velo":



"Hmm" I wonder where that mini velo bike is now? It would look nice sitting on my desk.
I seem to recall that someone on the "Classic Rendezvous" mailing list has it in their possession.

Yup, here it is:

https://search.bikelist.org/getmsg.as...10908.0754.eml

https://jamieswan.net/pages/Dick%20Power.html


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Originally Posted by miamijim
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Why does the brass brazing materiel (or whatever you call it) seem to be in the wrong place? i would expect to see it in the groove between the lug and the tube, not around the lug? is this some kind of half lug that is filet brazed together?



Interesting brazing
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I seem to recall that someone on the "Classic Rendezvous" mailing list has it in their possession.
I want to see Jamie ride it...
By the way, Jamie's bikes fit this thread perfectly. Here he is at Kissena, on one of his own frames. Matthew is on a far more common Frejus.
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Here's another: https://www.flickr.com/photos/2816407...57627919231006
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
Dawes-man, the BB arrangement on your Thanet is something to behold!


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https://search.bikelist.org/getmsg.as...10908.0754.eml

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
Interesting brazing
That's a cosmetic flourish, to smooth the transition radius from one tube to the other.
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone

The second is a CID. This was one of the shop brands from Georgetown Cycle in DC, the other being Alpine. What make this one unique is it is one of a very limited number of frames made by Albert Eisentraut-- about thirty in total-- for the shop. In discussions with a former employee, I've found most of the Eisentrauts produced for the shop were apparently badged Alpine. You can find occasional CID frames in this area-- I've seen two others-- but the Alpines are far more common and I've never seen another one of these.



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I'd flip if I came across that CID.
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Here's a few:

Urago track bike re-badged as a Mel Pinto.



A 74ish(?) Rauler with Colnago panto'd fork tangs. Rauler did the pantographing for Colnago and must have "borrowed" the fork crown for one of their early bikes. Serial #11, iirc. Sold it a few years ago, as it was just too small.





Mid 70s prototype/sample for the Echelon Odyssey. Made by Cherubim, so stands a good chance that one of the Konno brothers built it. Another bike that would still be in the collection if it were a size bigger.



Kind of regret selling this one. Billato primarily built for others, and didn't seem to label very many in their own name.





This now lives with a fellow forum member.



This belongs to a CR lister who asked me to shoot some photos for him. I don't think he'd mind me posting it here:

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These are pics of an old "Triumph Lite Roadster" i had until end of last year. Do you see much in the way of old triumph (Cycles) in the US? Ironic that it was called "lite" as it weighed about the same as a elephant - an absolute killer in hilly scotland! Late 1950's (i think?!) raleigh became so huge that they swallowed up all the smaller bicycle manufacturers in UK - Carlton, BSA, triumph, phillips, hercules etc etc all disappeared, shame i always thought...
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Originally Posted by bibliobob
I'd flip if I came across that CID.
Don't worry, I'd flip if I came across any of the bikes you posted as well. That's some selection. Actually, I'd flip if I found almost any of the bikes on this thread. This is some cool stuff, and I can't get enough.

The CID was found hanging in a thrift store, 99$. I did flip, I couldn't get it out of there fast enough. Knew it was a special bike immediately, as would probably anyone else on this thread.
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