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Old 10-30-14, 02:54 PM
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Looking for information about my ALAN from the 80's

Hello everyone,

So, last sunday I've bought a blue ALAN racing cycle from Marktplaats, the Dutch equivalent of Ebay/Craigslist. I have been interested in ALAN bikes for some time now, absolutely love the way these bikes look. I am absolutely thrilled i've been able to buy this one, since it's in great condition and has got most of it's original parts! The stearing head lug is free of cracks as far as i've been able to tell. Can't find anything wrong with the other joining parts. The seller told me it was his first racing bike and he bought it himself in 1980/81! So, I'm feeling lucky.

From my evenings browsing the web searching for information about ALAN bikes i've learned that the numbers engraved on the seattube tells when it was made. Mine reads 'N380'. So, it was made in march of 1980 I believe. But, my question is what the model name of this frame could be. I can't make anything of the letter N, as most of the model names don't start with this letter. I've enclosed some pictures in the links below, hoping anyone can tell me some more.

Any information you are able to give is very much appreciated!! Thank you,

Sander




Other images:
https://i.imgur.com/vuXwMjP.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/IWT6Ebf.jpg

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Old 10-30-14, 03:08 PM
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They made them with a Steel and an aluminum steerer tube fork guessing from the seat stay style ... you have the aluminum steerer one ...
(had a Road and a CX, in the 80's)


Keep an eye on the "lugs" for Cracking, I scrapped mine when the crack developed , as transatlantic Air Parcel , shipping was Brutal ,

IDK if they still do repairs in Italy, but at least Intra EU shipping should be reasonable.

AlAn Company Site : - Home

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Old 10-30-14, 05:19 PM
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I believe that is a mid 80's Alan aluminum bike. Could be an "Record" model.
Love the nice royal blue anodizing on the tubes.
As noted by most, the head lugs are the ones most prone to cracking, especially if they have the wreath-like pantograph pressed on them. As I noted before in this forum, if the bike had been in continuous use since the 80's and no cracks had appeared yet, it's highly unlikely they will, unless the bike is subjected to unusual trauma/abuse. Anyway, when these lugs do crack I don't think the head tube assembly fails catastrophically as there's deep extensions of the top and bottom head lugs into the head tube that will also need to crack through and break off their internal glued connection to the head tube.
Enjoy your beautiful classic Alan, and if you can, please post a picture of the bike's drive side, so we can see the details on the crankset and deraillers too.
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That is gorgeous!

And it looks virtually unused or at least very well taken care of. It must have been a real garage queen that lived a very nice, quiet life. The paint, decals and silver bits are really immaculate.

Yup, you should be thrilled. Enjoy her!
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Old 10-31-14, 01:59 AM
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Thank you for all the nice reply's. It could very well be a Record model indeed, but why would they state the letter N then, instead of the R for instance. Ah well, if it stays a mystery thats fine. Yes, I'm aware of the problems with the head lugs of these bikes. Luckily, it shows no sign of these problems so far, and I would be very surprised if it is going to become a problem after the 34 years it's been riding. Although, as pointed out, it is a true garage queen!
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Old 10-31-14, 04:33 AM
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That's a great bike! Super clean and lots of nice parts on it. As others have said, it's probably a super record model. the top tube guides indicate a later date, somewhere in the 80's. This also means the fork has the steel steer tube instead of the alloy one on earlier models, which is known to fail. (I had to retire my ALAN because of that reason. The steerer tube developed a huge lenghthwise crack), but it wouldn't hurt to check.
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Welcome to the Bike Forums.

It looks to me like you have the ALAN top dog, the Super Record model. I had one of these bicycles (1981 vintage) and, truly, loved its looks and ride quality. Sadly, I am a big guy (meaning heavy) and the bike was too flexible for my weight and power. So, it now lives in Thailand, or Taiwan...

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Quick update: I've just received an e-mail from Alberto Falconi at Alan Bikes. He told me the frame is the Super Record built in march 1980 and the letter 'N' stands for nuovo (new), indicating that this was the new updated version of the Super Record. Thanks for all the input!
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The only question remains.. is it big enough for you? Seems like a small bike for the average dutch guy
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Yes, actually it is not Kind of bought this one a little to quick. The seller told me it was an 55 cm and i normally ride 55/57 cm, so I thought I was gonna be allright. Went for a quick ride down the street and it felt smaller (obviously) but not too small. After some rides of about 50km I came to the painful conclusion it is too small. Not decided what to do now, since it's too beautiful to just sell again...
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Originally Posted by Sanderdev View Post
Yes, actually it is not Kind of bought this one a little to quick. The seller told me it was an 55 cm and i normally ride 55/57 cm, so I thought I was gonna be allright. Went for a quick ride down the street and it felt smaller (obviously) but not too small. After some rides of about 50km I came to the painful conclusion it is too small. Not decided what to do now, since it's too beautiful to just sell again...
Get a girlfriend of the right size to match Other than that, get a nice frame to put the components on and save the frame as wall art.
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That blue bike in the pic look nowhere near 55cm size. More like a 50-52 max..
Most ALANs I've seen have the frame size engraved on the bottom of the BB shell.
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