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Can somebody help identify this for me?

Old 08-12-09, 09:02 AM
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Can somebody help identify this for me?

So I recently inherited a bike from a friend during a move, but he seems to know as little about it as i do. I was wondering if someone could help identify what it is, if its any good etc. All I know is that its incredibly light, its a fixed gear, with sugino gt cranks and a 46 tooth sugino chain ring. its also got a carbon fibre front wheel with a dragonfly brake on the front. the frame is blue, but has no name on it, just this image...



its fast. i know that much. help?
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Old 08-12-09, 09:04 AM
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shots of the actual bike would help.
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Old 08-12-09, 09:10 AM
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gonna venture a guess that it's Italian. Now, what kind of dropouts does it have?

post pics here. If it is a real track bike some people may know about it. BUT, if it's an old road bike that's been converted to FG, then you are better off showing it to the guys in C&V
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Old 08-12-09, 09:12 AM
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I'm not sure. Is that the incomparable Eddy Merckx?
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Old 08-12-09, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by ADSR View Post
I'm not sure. Is that the incomparable Eddy Merckx?
Sure looks like him, here's a picture of young(ish) Eddie Merckx.



But did he ever put a picture of himself on one of his frames?
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Old 08-12-09, 09:19 AM
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ok, here are a couple more pics.

https://s85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...t=DSCF3758.jpg

https://s85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...t=DSCF3759.jpg

https://s85.photobucket.com/albums/k7...t=DSCF3760.jpg
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Old 08-12-09, 09:23 AM
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That's not a track bike.
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Old 08-12-09, 09:26 AM
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so what is it? bear in mind, i have little/no idea about the cycling world.
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Its definitely a Merckx badge, an old one, and judging by the slop, I'd say it was poorly repainted.

I don't know about Merckx frames that old. I figure it would be difficult to transplant that headbadge, so its probably authentic. If its actually worth anything, the person that it's worth something to should be able to recognize it quickly

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Old 08-12-09, 09:37 AM
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Wow. Shame they removed all the cable guides/derailleur hanger. Even so, it's still a nice frame. Clean it up and ride it like you stole it.
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That seat angle hurts just looking at it.
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If I remember correctly, Eddy put his name on dept store bike of some kind. This was prior to him building his own brand of very nice frames. Take this over to C&V and let the all knowing ones make the call.
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Old 08-12-09, 10:54 AM
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Where have I seen this bike before? Have the pics ever been posted anywhere else?
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haha, they were taken 2 hours ago so probably not!

just checked in C&V, looks like the place to go. thanks guys.

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Old 08-12-09, 12:31 PM
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Not so much these exact pics, but I swear I've seen pics of this bike before. Oh well...
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Yeah, eddy put his name/picture on gaspipe windsors for a while.
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Originally Posted by rogwilco View Post
That's not a track bike.
dude but its a fixy same thing you elitests to "noob" are so annoying with your comments everyone was new onceno need for your "my bike better than yours" and "noob" and "i have sex with women" ok
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The fork has brazeons for a front rack and the geometry is slack, its some sort of touring bike that got robbed of its touring gear.

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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Where have I seen this bike before? Have the pics ever been posted anywhere else?
Yeah that bike looks familiar probably from fixed gear gallery.
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Old 08-12-09, 06:11 PM
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if this ever was a nice bike of some kind it is a bike for running to get smokes now
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Looks like an old English frame tarted up with Eddy Merckx decals.

Falcon licensed the Merckx name in the 70s but I've never seen them in anything other than Molteni oragne; nor have I seen them with a lamp bracket on the fork.
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Originally Posted by Patricky View Post
dude but its a fixy same thing you elitests to "noob" are so annoying with your comments everyone was new onceno need for your "my bike better than yours" and "noob" and "i have sex with women" ok
No, you mistunderstood me, I like the bike a lot, but it's quite clearly (imo) a conversion and not an original track bicycle. I didn't mean that as a value judgement but only as a statement of fact. If I had said "it's not a BMX bike" would you have felt offended too?
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