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Old 02-07-12, 07:36 AM
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$99? I'd have done a double back flip....
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A Snel touring bike. From Utrecht. Built in Belgium by Kessels, of Merckx fame.





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Originally Posted by non-fixie
A Snel touring bike. From Utrecht. Built in Belgium by Kessels, of Merckx fame.

There's one of these in Molteni orange up on ebay right now...
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Another Van Tuyl. Pretty serious-looking stepthrough frame. Mrs non-fixie's size, and I will build it up for her to take along this summer for a week of touring the west coast of France.



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Originally Posted by Catnap
There's one of these in Molteni orange up on ebay right now...
And a very pretty one too! Good thing it's too small for me ..
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What a great idea for a thread but it's making my eyes hurt.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
And a very pretty one too! Good thing it's too small for me ..
Very nice. Interesting that the rack is part of the frame and that the cranks and axle ends all have Main d'Or engraved on them...
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Here is a Rauler frame I've just acquired. Mulling over how to build it up. Suggestions are welcome ...






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Wow, there's a lot going on on that frame!

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Here is a Rauler frame I've just acquired. Mulling over how to build it up. Suggestions are welcome ...






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That Rauler is flashy! What's the rear spacing? To me, a frame with that much bling screams for a C-Record group (if you can afford it!). The paint held up much better than the decals. I'd also consider looking into a replacement decal set if it's possible to remove what remains of the existing decals without damaging the paint.
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I've got something pretty unique in the post right now! Here's just a teaser ...

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Nailed it, a Pedimoto 'Rough Stuff' just a frame but it does have paint. No idea how I'm going to build it yet.

Let's just say I have the worlds best girlfriend and Christmas is coming a bit early for me.

EDIT: Does anyone out there know much about the builder? Or better yet ridden one? I'm wondering how I should build it up as it's build for 26" wheels. Oddly enough not a single entry in the bikeforums search for Pedimoto.

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Very cool. I like that guy's style. He spends time in the Bluegrass State.
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Here is my Fabio Barreci.

The only thing I know about this frame is that it was likely built in Spain by BH Bikes, which are still very much in business these days. I purchased it on e-bay from Mellow Johnny's, which is Lance Armstrong's shop. Apparently this frame and a bunch of other Italian and Spanish frames were picked-up from a warehouse sale in Italy and brought back here. But I know absolutely nothing about Fabio Barecci, the man whose signature and name adorns the bike. He is a real mystery and will likely remain so, as the internet yields no info on him at all. I wish one of our Spanish BF'ers would show up to tell me something about him. This could very likely be the only one here in the US. I've only seen two others, and they are both in Spain

The frame itself is Columbus Aelle steel, and I built it up with all-Campy kit. It has some nice touches on it, such as embossed fork caps, internal cabling, braze-ons on the head tube for cabling and the paint job is quite nice and looks somewhat like a Colnago Master Light. It's a nice solid, competent rider and reasonably racy, but more comfortable for the long hauls -





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In the 1950s & 60s, this was a well-known marque in the Midlands of West Yorkshire Riding. Even some of the big names riding for factory teams actually rebadged their HW frames and rode on. Hilton was a one-man shop, but produced quite a few sold almost entirely in the Yorkshire area. To my knowledge, this is the only example in North Am. It was refinished in Yorkshire. I have built it with a mix of non-period-correct parts, because I wanted to ride it. It is a wonderful ride.

1959 Hilton Wrigley









hope this isn't overkill, but it definitely qualifies as obscure!
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
That Rauler is flashy! What's the rear spacing? To me, a frame with that much bling screams for a C-Record group (if you can afford it!). The paint held up much better than the decals. I'd also consider looking into a replacement decal set if it's possible to remove what remains of the existing decals without damaging the paint.
Rear spacing is 130mm but unless I strike it rich or lucky very soon, it's getting a Chorus 8sp. The decals are a problem as Cyclomondo only sells one set and it's from the '70s with a single seat-tube sticker that would look out of place between the bottle cage and top tube. Anyway, thanks for your suggestions.
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^Overkill? Hardly, that Wrigley is beautiful!^

Everything just gleams on that bike and the attention to detail is magnificent. And it really looks pretty modern to. I never would have taken that for a 59. I was born in 59 myself, and I'm not looking nearly that good. Might be time for me to get a refinish!
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I guess this one could qualify....




1972 Line Seeker CF/AL/Steel (Reynolds 531 fork) racer. Built (supposedly at his home) by Exxon Graftek and Alan Carbonio Designer, Larry Blake. frame #22.
I dunno though, I've posted enough pictures of this bike in this forum that maybe it's not so "rarely seen and obscure" anymore.....
I'm now working on proper wheels for the bike with period correct rims. Also finally found the correct replacement stem for it with the proper extension. Just afew more bits and some cleaning/polishing work on them and work and it should be back on the road by maybe early next year!

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I dunno though, I've posted enough pictures of this bike in this forum that maybe it's not so "rarely seen and obscure" anymore.....
You may post that bike in any thread as far as I'm concerned. I really dig it.
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Originally Posted by LeicaLad
In the 1950s & 60s, this was a well-known marque in the Midlands of West Yorkshire Riding. Even some of the big names riding for factory teams actually rebadged their HW frames and rode on. Hilton was a one-man shop, but produced quite a few sold almost entirely in the Yorkshire area. To my knowledge, this is the only example in North Am. It was refinished in Yorkshire. I have built it with a mix of non-period-correct parts, because I wanted to ride it. It is a wonderful ride.

1959 Hilton Wrigley









hope this isn't overkill, but it definitely qualifies as obscure!

Stunning. I hope you do a feature on this bike.
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^Chombi, what are your plans in terms of wheels? Do you already have hubs? I was planning to save this 36H Hi-E hubset for something special, but I might be enticed to part with them. Would be period-correct and certainly fit well with your lightweight American Lineseeker (the rear hub is new, but front is used and could use a servicing).

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Originally Posted by gaucho777
^Chombi, what are your plans in terms of wheels? Do you already have hubs? I was planning to save this 36H Hi-E hubset for something special, but I might be enticed to part with them. Would be period-correct and certainly fit well with your lightweight American Lineseeker (the rear hub is new, but front is used and could use a servicing).


Hmmmm.....you have caught my attention with those beauties....I'll PM you tonight with a few questions on them....

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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Very cool. I like that guy's style. He spends time in the Bluegrass State.
He has a flickr stream under 'Cycleczar.' Very, very discerning eye that man has.
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