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Lightweight frames of the 60's and 70's

Old 06-19-12, 03:21 PM
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Lightweight frames of the 60's and 70's

Who was making the lightweight frames back then ?
Is there a listing anywhere of WHO was using WHICH tubing sets ?

Most of my bikes are from the 80's, but I'm thinking I'd like to go back a bit further.
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Old 06-19-12, 10:36 PM
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I always thought the Teledyne Titan was a wild bike. 3/0 commercial titanium tubes, Very light, almost too light. Frame flexed alot, and was only appropriate for the lightest riders. Kinda pushed the metallurgy of the time past what it could handle. But they were different. I think less than 2000 were made.
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In the seventies it wasn't hard to have a 21 pound bike with normal components and sewups. Reynolds or Columbus...
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Being a Clyde, I probably should shy away from the lightest stuff.
And old Italian is most likely completely out of my price range.
Were Raleigh and Peugeot making fairly light frame for their upper end bikes ?
I'm not against cottered cranks, either.
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Icons of the 60s-70s:
Peugot PX10
Raleigh Professional
Schwinn Paramount
Gitane TDF
Any number of Italian bikes such as Cinelli, Pogliaghi, Bottechia.
There are of course alot more but these are the ones that I saw a lot of on the west coast.
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Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
In the seventies it wasn't hard to have a 21 pound bike with normal components and sewups. Reynolds or Columbus...
Actually, it was relatively rare. The top of the line 1973 Schwinn Paramount for example, weighed in at 26 to 27 pounds. 1973 Raleigh Professional listed at 23 to 24 pounds, 1974 PX10 listed at 21 pounds.

By the early 1980s, weights were trending down, and the influx of the Japanese manufacturers made the availability of pretty nice stuff at a reasonable price much better. Price out a nice PX10, Paramount, or Raleigh Professional from the 1970s. They all go high, sometimes really high.

https://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...0/1973_09.html
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just looked through those Schwinn archives. "Short-coupled" 25" Paramount? google image search. droool.
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