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Old 08-03-14, 02:24 PM
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Follis

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Seller stated that this frame came to him with all Campagnolo. Any information on year or model would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 08-03-14, 10:52 PM
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Beautiful elegant bike!
I can't provide much help except that the lug work and paint are more intricate (and I would guess older)than the Follis bikes that we sold in the shop where I worked in the mid seventies.
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Great frame, colour, lugs, head badge, etc. If you tire of it let me know. Very nice photos. Looking forward to the build. Cheers.

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That looks just like mine! I posted up some pictures of it last week here.
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I think your bike is 1975. Also, I think the model is either a 572 or a 672 a not a 762. The bike used "Red" label Reynolds 531 tubing which was a very lightweight tube set. Equipment was full Campy Nuovo Record. Wheels were tubular using Mavic Oro10 rims (weighed 310 grams each). I sold Follis In My store and rode the same bike as yours. Really nice stuff. Have fun.
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Thanks all for the information. The frame does feel strangely light. I will weight it before it is built up. Nuovo Record then. I will probably fudge on period correctness regarding the rims as I have become addicted to wider clincher tires.

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Old 08-05-14, 09:13 AM
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Really beautiful frame. The lug lining is amazing - sure and elegant without being fussy or perfect. Looking forward to the finished build.
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Old 08-05-14, 01:07 PM
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...way cool. Building this one up should maintain your level of poverty.
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Old 08-05-14, 05:23 PM
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...way cool. Building this one up should maintain your level of poverty.
I have an Italian that is too big for me. I think I will make it an organ donor. Then I will trade the frame for one that fits. Then I will need another group. Damn.

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I bought a Follis 472 in 1974. It looked just like yours but had Nervex lugs. Follis changed to Prugnat (?) lugs the next year.
They probably ride the same ... which for a Follis of that period, was great (good acceleration, good cornering, solid climbing, fast descents).
472s had fender eyelets while most 572s and no 672s did not.
So yours is probably a 472. That's a good thing as the 572 and 672 had shorter wheelbases and a harsher ride.
A friend of mine, back in the day, had a 572 and the difference in ride was noticeable ... butt he was a sprinter.

Enjoy your bike. Great find.

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Thanks Amir. There is little information out there re:Follis.
I am definitely not a sprinter. Just getting a set of Tipo's laced up for the build and recently acquired an Italian French bottom bracket for her. On the road
with Campagnolo components soon.

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I bought a Follis 472 in 1974. It looked just like yours but had Nervex lugs. Follis changed to Prugnat (?) lugs the next year.
They probably ride the same ... which for a Follis of that period, was great (good acceleration, good cornering, solid climbing, fast descents).
472s had fender eyelets while most 572s and no 672s did not.
So yours is probably a 472. That's a good thing as the 572 and 672 had shorter wheelbases and a harsher ride.
A friend of mine, back in the day, had a 572 and the difference in ride was noticeable ... butt he was a sprinter.

Enjoy your bike. Great find.

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Old 09-21-14, 07:50 PM
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Lovely frame. The colors are fantastic. Looking forward to seeing it built up.
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Old 09-22-14, 02:00 AM
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Take a look at FOLLIS - Joseph FOLLIS - Marcel FOLLIS - ANCIENS VELOS LYONNAIS
If you don't speak French, Google Translate will help.

There's also a French classic bike forum at Forum Tonton Vélo ? Page d?index
but not much on Follis. It was a very small company.

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nice pics, dj.
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Great find -- I have always liked Follis, ever since I worked at a small used bicycle shop and we sold one with FOLLIS cut into the head lugs and a rare nested same-side double Simplex lever set on the downtube. Keep us posted as your rebuild progresses.
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... we sold one with FOLLIS cut into the head lugs and a rare nested same-side double Simplex lever set on the downtube.
Not to sidetrack, but please elaborate on "nested same-side double Simplex lever set". I've never heard of it, but will search.
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Not to sidetrack, but please elaborate on "nested same-side double Simplex lever set". I've never heard of it, but will search.
Envision a traditional Simplex downtube shift lever for the rear derailleur, with a shorter version mounted outboard of it on the same boss. The short outer lever controls the front derailleur, for one-hand shifting. I can't find a picture of one right now, but some of the very early rear derailleurs had used a similar control, with the long lever for standard lateral movement/shifting and the short one for chain tensioning. After single-cable rear derailleur control became the norm, someone evidently thought this would be an interesting dual lever adaptation.

As I noted, this is very rare.
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A buddy of mine had one in high school around 73 or 74. A white #172 model if I recall.I had a Raleigh Super Course and his was the first bike I rode that had tubulars.The bike seemed to disappear underneath me. Totally different ride then my bike. After that my Super Course seemed like a Varsity. Mostly attributed to the wheels. He had the metal Simplex Prestige rear dr. Mafac Racer brakes, Nisi rims and a Unicinitor (?) saddle.
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I just joined the forum, specifically because I have a vintage Follis that I'm going to try to restore with help from work. In 1976 I bought the Follis from John's Bike Shop in Burbank with the goal of going cross country on one of the various bicentennial trips taking place that summer. I had done some research at the library and for whatever reason the Follis was the brand I had decided to purchase. I had recently graduated high school and wanted to do this trip before starting college. The bike took most of my saving and I think cost about $250 or so. I knew it had the Reynolds 531 tubing and John's Bike shop was the closest bike shop as I lived in Glendale,Ca. 38 years later I have dragged this bike with me everywhere I have gone. Only the frame is left. I now work for an Electric Bike company called Currie Technologies which will be merging with Raleigh North America in a few months. I told my story to one of the engineers here, and he asked to look at the frame. I cleaned it as best I could and showed him the frame. He thinks it would make a great project so here I am. Should I start a whole new thread, or post my pictures here?
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Start a new thread. I would love to see pics.

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I just joined the forum, specifically because I have a vintage Follis that I'm going to try to restore with help from work. In 1976 I bought the Follis from John's Bike Shop in Burbank with the goal of going cross country on one of the various bicentennial trips taking place that summer. I had done some research at the library and for whatever reason the Follis was the brand I had decided to purchase. I had recently graduated high school and wanted to do this trip before starting college. The bike took most of my saving and I think cost about $250 or so. I knew it had the Reynolds 531 tubing and John's Bike shop was the closest bike shop as I lived in Glendale,Ca. 38 years later I have dragged this bike with me everywhere I have gone. Only the frame is left. I now work for an Electric Bike company called Currie Technologies which will be merging with Raleigh North America in a few months. I told my story to one of the engineers here, and he asked to look at the frame. I cleaned it as best I could and showed him the frame. He thinks it would make a great project so here I am. Should I start a whole new thread, or post my pictures here?
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By all means start a thread with lots of pics.

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Just in time for fall rides...very happy with this one.

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Love the lug work!
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Well done @djkashuba. Looks terrific. Enjoy the ride.

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