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Bruised Bike #11 - Belgian Fillet Brazed Goodness

Old 09-04-12, 12:02 PM
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Bruised Bike #11 - Belgian Fillet Brazed Goodness

Apparently a contract built frame/fork badged by Verschueren in 1965 (according to the dates on the Campagnolo group the seller harvested from it). I looked a bit deeper than the cheapish decals and the nonchalant paint job and saw what I think is a pleasingly well-executed job of brazing on a high class tube set - Reynolds 531 or the like, as indicated by the 1950 gram frame weight and the 27.2 seat tube. Campagnolo dropouts front and rear.

The decals (which I saved whole) peeled off like an old band-aid. If I keep the frame long term I'll probably repaint and put new decals under clear coat.

A carbon fork makes this bike ride as well as any I have. Great fun. It reminds me of the best of the French frames. Quite stable and solid, with a frisky, playful nature......it rides "small" for a 59 cm frame. The NOS Stronglight A9 headset on this fork/frame exhibits the most fluid front end action I've ever experienced. I faced the head tube, no doubt that contributed. Faced and chased BB.

Lotsa little difficulties had to be overcome to use the components I chose. Check the recessed drop "bolt" on the rear brake.

Of particular interest is the fact that every frame joint is fully sealed. There is not a single internal opening or hole anywhere, excepting the the chain stay bridge. Why? Maybe to keep out the moisture of a damp climate?




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Old 09-04-12, 12:15 PM
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Old 09-04-12, 01:07 PM
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The marks on the seat tube, right over the BB... that's not rust from the inside, is it?

Looks like a nice frame.
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No internal rust. It's all on the surface and superficial. I left evidence there because it's "bruised".

Frame and fork (and components) showed little use. Must've set in storage for all these years. It's solid.

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Old 09-04-12, 01:23 PM
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Nice Julian, nice.
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braised in Belgian Ale...mmmm...that is some goodness, there!
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Nice looking bike, and one of my favorite colors!
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Old 09-04-12, 09:57 PM
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Do not see one like that every day, to say the very least. The sealed joints are certainly notable. Those Suntour ders have a way of not looking out of place on such a wide range of frames, too. Very cool.
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Old 09-04-12, 10:07 PM
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Nice color scheme.
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First fillet brazed frame I've liked! But I have to ask, why the carbon fork?
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Old 09-05-12, 08:28 AM
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This is such a gorgeous bike. I like the build, too -- it's clearly a rider.

Those brakes look almost period-correct for the frame. How well do they stop?

Is that Mavic tubular rims on Hi-E or American Classic hubs? Fancy stuff...

I bet it shifts great with Retrofrictions driving that SunTour derailleur. Looks pretty, too.

I'm with the others -- not a big fan of the carbon fork. But, if it makes it feel the way you like then none of our opinions matter. :-) I hope you kept the original fork, at least.
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The original fork is safe and whole. I wanted to try the "modern" fork just for the riding experience....a carbon fork with 45 mm of rake vs steel with 25% more. I wanted to see if the frame geometry would bear up to later standards of comparison. And it does, admirably.

The early '70s wheelset is Normandy Luxe Competition hubs/Mavic clincher with original zinc coated spokes. '80s (Japanese-made) Avocet Road slicks. The brake set is early '70s Zeus. Pretty good stoppers.

Yep, Retrofrictions managing the Suntour Cyclone/Sugino Aero Mighty drivetrain. It is so straightforward and dependable I could set it up in the dark. Tough and lovely in all respects.

BTW, even the bar tape is recycled from an old build. I washed it but there are stains which oddly compliment the frame color.

The idea behind "bruising" - in this case - is taking damaged, obscure/overlooked or cosmetically ugly components (including frame) and super detailing them for aesthetically heightened, un-marqued appearance and optimum performance. A personal rebellion against convention and the tyranny of what is supposed-to-be. I want to depart from an atmosphere favoring reputation and catalog perfect bikes of all ilk. I want to combine otherwise mundane pieces into a healthy, artful whole through imagination and by the simple laying on of hands.

Here's another little example. This RD was pretty beat up when I started on it. Several hours later it looks like this. Now, only "bruised".

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The idea behind "bruising" - in this case - is taking damaged, obscure/overlooked or cosmetically ugly components (including frame) and super detailing them for aesthetically heightened, un-marqued appearance and optimum performance. A personal rebellion against convention and the tyranny of what is supposed-to-be. I want to depart from an atmosphere favoring reputation and catalog perfect bikes of all ilk. I want to combine otherwise mundane pieces into a healthy, artful whole by the simple laying on of hands.

Here's another little example. This RD was pretty beat up when I started on it. Several hours later it looks like this. Now only "bruised".

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That's a worthy build philosophy. And well-illustrated. Something I might take to heart in future...
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That's really slick! Speaking of which, what are those tires?
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cool build with a nice philosophy behind it. Definitely a high-mile all weather bike this, so enjoy it a lot!
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gaucho, the tires are Avocet Road slicks.

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Nice build J. Just sent you an email also.

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An example of excellent fillet work, but the sealed BB and plugged vent holes take the cake.

There is a lot of craftsmanship hidden in this frame - it is a beautiful exercise in minimalism. All the details are those that you wouldn't otherwise notice - unless they were missing.

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gaucho, the tires are Avocet Road slicks.

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Oh, too bad (for me). I was hoping the tires were something currently in production. I remember the Avocet slick tires fondly.
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