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Old 05-14-14, 02:33 PM
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FRANKLIN road bike


I just bought this bike:
- Cinelli botton bracket - Italy
- Cinelli stem - Italy
- Cinelli Champion del Mondo bars - Italy
- Paramont Stronglite stem mounting
- Nashber rims 700c
- Sunshine ProAm hubs, marked 8-77
- Michelin 700 x 23C tires
- Shimano Dura Ace brakes - Japan with NOS Dia-Compe levers
- Campanelo crank set - Italy
- Campanelo seat post - Italy
- Campanelo shifters - Italy
- Shimano PD-M525 pedals - Japan
- Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur
- Shimano Altus A10 rear derailleur
serial number: 082
I change some messages with "Franklin" from Newark - Ohio who built this frame. They said is probably 1978, probably Reynolds or Columbus tubing.
Actually I knew that already, some green part of the decal is still on the frame
What are your opinions about this one (including a value)?
Did anybody see another bike like this, is it a keeper (collectible)?
thanks, Marius

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Old 05-14-14, 02:59 PM
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I've seen four or five Franklins. More photos are needed to give an estimate, though if you twist my arm I'd probably guess around 400-500. Franklin does a fair bit of work for other builders, including Bilenky. He's not a huge name, but his stuff that I've seen looks quite nice.

Is it a keeper? That depends. Does it fit well? What else do you have and how much room is left? That's subjective. Is it collectible? He's not a huge name with a rabid market, but he's a nice us builder. It depends on what you collect...some people collect potato chips shaped like Zsa Zsa Gabor.
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...some people collect potato chips shaped like Zsa Zsa Gabor.
I'd like to hear how you know this, Aaron.

On second thought, I guess I'd rather not.
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Old 05-14-14, 05:50 PM
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Franklin's are definitely a keeper. Nice buy!
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Franklin Frame

It is a keeper. Call Jack and ask him about it. He is not so good on emails.
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thanks for your opinions guys
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I've never seen a Franklin that wasn't made superbly. He's also very good with painting frames. Franklin Frames built in the 70's and 80's sometimes look a little worn after 30 or 40 years on the road but send it back to him for a repaint and you have an outstanding bike both on the road or next to your café table at the coffee shop. I sometimes see a brand new Franklin frame in my local bike shop with shiny chrome or stainless steel details (I don't know which) and they are sweet.

Those are the two worst pictures for review on the C&V I've ever seen.
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I'll repeat what I said over on The CABE about this bike:
Franklin Frames is a builder out of Ohio. Builds nice stuff. He refinished my 1949 Hercules Kestrel for me a couple years back.

As far as this specific bicycle is concerned, it is a mishmash of a build, but should be a nice rider.
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
I'll repeat what I said over on The CABE about this bike:
Franklin Frames is a builder out of Ohio. Builds nice stuff. He refinished my 1949 Hercules Kestrel for me a couple years back.

As far as this specific bicycle is concerned, it is a mishmash of a build, but should be a nice rider.
Well said! And I'd like to add, that it would be a really fine, unique bike for long rides in the hinterlands with new Franklin paint and an alloy Campy 10-speed gruppo, like Athena compact. With tubulars!
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I put extra pics
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