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06-07-19, 06:59 PM
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Posted By kohl57

That's very sad news. Among my collection, I...

That's very sad news. Among my collection, I especially value my early '76 Bruce Gordon Criterium for its superb ride and craftsmanship. I was able to get the original build sheet from Bruce who,...
06-05-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,573
Posted By kohl57

Oh it has to be French for me. And to me,...

Oh it has to be French for me.

And to me, the acme of French components was late 70s-early 80s so it's the STC Sélection Tricolore Course which was introduced in 1977 to bring together Vitus...
06-05-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 597
Posted By kohl57

Or indeed this.... ...

Or indeed this....
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06-03-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,031
Posted By kohl57

The REG cages with the plastic top bracket are...

The REG cages with the plastic top bracket are essential kit for 1970s Italian machines. And never mind that the plastic often broke. You gotta have one. Along with the Mariplast bidons with the lid...
06-03-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,031
Posted By kohl57

Oh it's Monday and I'll take the bait. The...

Oh it's Monday and I'll take the bait.

The "big deal" with TA bottle cages (and REG ones, too) is that they are among the essential "little bits" that, to me anyway, make or break a classic racing...
06-02-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 597
Posted By kohl57

Why bother with an alternate when you can just...

Why bother with an alternate when you can just buy the real thing:

https://www.velosaloon.com/products/nos-atax-fluted-seatpost-in-26-4mm-diameter-with-integrated-clamping-from-1984

This is a...
05-31-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,389
Posted By kohl57

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Dawn ride done, my 1973 Pogliaghi at 6.36 am this morning along the banks...
05-30-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By kohl57

Here is the Mafac catalogue c. 1976 from the same...

Here is the Mafac catalogue c. 1976 from the same French catalogue site (which I find invaluable although apparently the chap who runs it is not well liked for "borrowing" material without credit)
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05-30-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,389
Posted By kohl57

Absolutely my favorite time of year for cycling:...

Absolutely my favorite time of year for cycling: May-August. Out of the house by 0540, a blissful 12-mile ride on the Capital Crescent Trail along the bluffs of the Potomac River here in Washington...
05-30-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By kohl57

That's beautiful. And "real" Gitanes from France...

That's beautiful. And "real" Gitanes from France even more appealing. Although their range of models for the French market at this time is bewildering and it got worse during the Renault era.

I...
05-28-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By kohl57

An interesting subject. I attempted to research...

An interesting subject. I attempted to research this in connection with my web article on the Vitus 979 frame. This was indeed used as a "neutral" support machine, Tout Mavic equipped, c. 1982-87....
05-25-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 512
Views: 91,680
Posted By kohl57

Here is my 1969 Peugeot PX-10. And yes, it's her...

Here is my 1969 Peugeot PX-10. And yes, it's her 50th birthday this year, too!

More pix and details here

ipernity: 1969 Peugeot PX-10 by Peter Kohler...
05-14-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By kohl57

Now I feel foolish agonizing over fitting (and I...

Now I feel foolish agonizing over fitting (and I don't have the choice here of smaller) a 56-ring chainset to my 1987 Mecacycle. I have ridden quite a few 56t rings on classic 1970s British time...
05-09-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By kohl57

Plastilac is much thicker and vinyl-like compared...

Plastilac is much thicker and vinyl-like compared to wrapping paper-esque Cellotape. I just wish someone (well like Velox) would remanufacture it. Procuring proper plastic 'bar tape in white and...
05-09-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By kohl57

Nope. The issue isn't texture but feel......

Nope. The issue isn't texture but feel... Plastilac has that lovely thick feeling and that great old fashioned plastic smell, too. It is unique or I haven't found anything that matches it. Hence...
04-20-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By kohl57

Certainly one of the "under the radar" makes,...

Certainly one of the "under the radar" makes, Mecacycle was only around for eight years but its range, innovation and quality was impressive. I don't think there was a company that made more fillet...
04-20-19, 06:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By kohl57

c. 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono»

I have completed the restoration of a 1987 Mécacycle «Chrono». Mécacycle, one of the last new quality French cycle firms founded (in St. Etienne) is most famous for its split seat tube "Turbo" model...
04-04-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 418
Posted By kohl57

And that's one of the sprayed coloured finishes,...

And that's one of the sprayed coloured finishes, too. The dipped black enamel is even more durable and amazing in its durability, finish and ability to be "brought back to life" even on machines 80...
03-28-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 602
Posted By kohl57

For what you paid, can't imagine much buyer...

For what you paid, can't imagine much buyer remorse here. This is most certainly the top end Merckx model, the no. 102 Super Competition. All Reynolds DB 531. It is distinguished from the Giro...
03-11-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 866
Posted By kohl57

Simplex and Delrin are the litmus test of...

Simplex and Delrin are the litmus test of Francophile cycle collectors and riders. And yielding to no one in my passion for French lightweights, I'll take Simplex anything over Campagnolo made in...
03-01-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 61,376
Posted By kohl57

My 1972 Colnago Super Pantografata ...

My 1972 Colnago Super Pantografata


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02-17-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 593
Posted By kohl57

Mecacycle is a sore subject for me.... have a...

Mecacycle is a sore subject for me.... have a gorgeous filet brazed Reynolds 753 Mecacycle "Chrono", their best frame, all ready to go except for the special quill type seatpost. So of course I make...
02-17-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 593
Posted By kohl57

Indeed. To me, Vitus/Tout Mavic seems "the...

Indeed. To me, Vitus/Tout Mavic seems "the default position" in every possible way, but when I was researching my article on the Vitus 979, I was struck by the paucity of restored frames with Mavic...
02-16-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 593
Posted By kohl57

1980 Vitus 979 Duralinox «Tout Mavic» 1ère série

Completing a project that began almost three years ago to the day, I have added a 1980 Vitus 979 to my collection.

This combines the earliest version of both the 979 frame and the initial "Tout...
02-12-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,815
Posted By kohl57

I would be very surprised if the dealer of this...

I would be very surprised if the dealer of this had anymore idea of this than you did.... that Huret derailleur sticker is rare in itself (and I think only replicated by one dealer in the UK) so it's...
02-11-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,815
Posted By kohl57

As for the serial number and date of this, it...

As for the serial number and date of this, it can't be earlier than late 1959 as the Franco-Suisse was introduced for the 1960 model year and Carlton's top model.

There is some information on it...
02-08-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,037
Posted By kohl57

Don't panic. I had the same "no man's land" with...

Don't panic. I had the same "no man's land" with a pair of wheels from Spain about 2 weeks ago. It's almost certainly a delay in U.S. customs as was mine. It took four days to arrive in the country...
02-07-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By kohl57

A Malaysian made Raleigh from the mid 1960s? I'd...

A Malaysian made Raleigh from the mid 1960s? I'd eat it on toast if it were. These date from c. 1972-75 at the most. In fact, the company that made them didn't even go into business until 1971.
...
02-06-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By kohl57

These were sold to the US and UK market as the...

These were sold to the US and UK market as the "Raleigh Speed Range" introduced in 1962 when Raleigh gave up all Reynolds 531 production in Nottingham and entrusted that to Carlton in Worksop. So...
02-06-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By kohl57

FYI... the Raleigh Anniversary headbadge was...

FYI... the Raleigh Anniversary headbadge was introduced for the firm's 75th anniversary in 1962 (it being started in 1887) and was used on "lightweight" models (a term that was rather hopeful for all...
02-06-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By kohl57

Looks to be a c. 1965-66 Raleigh Royale. This...

Looks to be a c. 1965-66 Raleigh Royale. This model was out of production by 1967 and was first introduced in 1962. Looks pretty original and complete. The final versions did indeed have Simplex...
01-30-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,973
Posted By kohl57

The two-toned Lilac was called "Double Lilac" by...

The two-toned Lilac was called "Double Lilac" by Carlton and was an option on their 1971 "Contre la Montre" time trial frame.

Peter Kohler
Washington DC USA
01-29-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,973
Posted By kohl57

Oh yes... " a 1972 " refers to the model year.....

Oh yes... " a 1972 " refers to the model year.. so it could be easily have been built from Sept-Dec 71 or from Jan-Aug 72 which was the production year.

So there is always a two calendar year...
01-29-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,973
Posted By kohl57

Nice. But neither rare or extraordinary... she's...

Nice. But neither rare or extraordinary... she's a 1972 Raleigh Competition Mark II, one of "those" Raleighs that never, ever appeared in a catalogue. And yes, neither did the white and lagoon blue...
01-25-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,650
Posted By kohl57

Ride qualities are so subjective, I am hesitant...

Ride qualities are so subjective, I am hesitant to give them. My '73 Pog is an ideal "all day in the saddle" machine, "neutral" in its handling in that 70s Italian manner and am pretty sure the bb on...
01-25-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,086
Posted By kohl57

Here is my 1982 Peugeot Pro-10. Took about eight...

Here is my 1982 Peugeot Pro-10. Took about eight years before I finally scored one in my size.

Ideally, I'd like to fit this out with the rare Team issue Simplex front and rear derailleurs but...
01-24-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,086
Posted By kohl57

Anderson had his famous Yellow Jersey day (the...

Anderson had his famous Yellow Jersey day (the first for a non European) in the '82 Tour de France riding a PX-10DU (Vitus 979) and rode the PY-10FC extensively in 1983, rotating with the Pro-10. He...
01-24-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,086
Posted By kohl57

It is indeed and I think it was the first...

It is indeed and I think it was the first professional win for both rider and the machine, too

Peter Kohler
Washington, DC USA
01-20-19, 05:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,650
Posted By kohl57

Serial numbers... the Brugelmann Pogs I have...

Serial numbers... the Brugelmann Pogs I have documented serial numbers from... including my own... ALL have "D" prefixed" serial numbers. And they are sequential indicating, to me anyway, a batch of...
01-19-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,650
Posted By kohl57

Yes... everyone talks about the Cinelli...

Yes... everyone talks about the Cinelli "Superleggera" model for Brugelmann and forget they had the Pog Extra Leicht at the same time. This has a slotted bb which was done by the maker. All of these...
01-19-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,650
Posted By kohl57

Here is my 1973 Pogliaghi (a Brügelmann Mod. E/M...

Here is my 1973 Pogliaghi (a Brügelmann Mod. E/M Extra Leicht)

Repaint by Brian Baylis

More pix and specs:

ipernity: 1973 Pogliaghi Italcorse by Peter Kohler...
01-19-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,177
Posted By kohl57

Yes... there should be a registry especially...

Yes... there should be a registry especially since Bruce Gordon's serial numbers actually mean something and can be decoded easily and give you the Month/Year/and what number your frame was in that...
01-18-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,177
Posted By kohl57

Here is my '76 Bruce Gordon Criterium... serial...

Here is my '76 Bruce Gordon Criterium... serial no. G071176. Same lug treatment as yours.

I got the original order and spec list for mine from Bruce and it was ordered on 9 November 1976 and...
01-18-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 427
Views: 102,751
Posted By kohl57

My 1985 Peugeot PY-10FC and 1987 Vitus Carbone 9 ...

My 1985 Peugeot PY-10FC and 1987 Vitus Carbone 9


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01-10-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,288
Posted By kohl57

My 1985 Masi (Milano) 3v "Volumetrica" Peter...

My 1985 Masi (Milano) 3v "Volumetrica"

Peter Kohler
Washington, DC USA

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01-03-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,729
Posted By kohl57

A Vitus 979 "Lozenge" Aero in 59 cm. c. 1982-84 ...

A Vitus 979 "Lozenge" Aero in 59 cm. c. 1982-84

A Motobecane 82 Team Champion


Peter Kohler
01-02-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By kohl57

That's what I want: real serial numbers from...

That's what I want: real serial numbers from which we get real dates. Vitus didn't do special orders usually so if you have a mid 85 (and that serial number indicates it is indeed) then it's 85 for...
01-02-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By kohl57

Well don't get ahead yourself here re. size... I...

Well don't get ahead yourself here re. size... I have never seen a Vitus 979 offered or restored larger than 60 cm. Indeed, the only place you'll find them that big is usually on this side of the...
01-01-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By kohl57

Indeed. One of the rewarding aspects of this...

Indeed. One of the rewarding aspects of this project was the research into the extensive eight-year "career" the 979 had at the top levels of competitive professional cycling. And yes, initially team...
12-31-18, 11:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By kohl57

The 992 was indeed built alongside the 979 and...

The 992 was indeed built alongside the 979 and both were offered to the end.. c. 1997.

But maybe in time, a 992 article and one on the Carbone 3/Carbone 9 eventually.

Peter Kohler
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