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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 11:57 pm 
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Love it...
Is that a peg for holding a pump on the left hand seatstay?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:52 am 
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There wouldn't have been a massive choice of dropouts when this was made, I suspect that not having rack/guard eyes would have meant spending the time to chop them off :)

One to watch...


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:32 am 
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OK, a bit more on this, from Lester

"The very first Fomula’s were made by Dave Yates, but that was only for a short time before we went to Paul Donohue. We probably had 2 bikes from Dave before getting about 6 from Donohue. It was a struggle getting what we wanted weight wise, the bikes were a mixture of Reynolds road bike tubes, using 753 where we could.
Then in 89 Columbus launched their max tubing which we got. I can’t remember whether there was max chainstay, and seatstays, I think they didn’t but Steve would remember. Anyway Steve sourced some cromoly 4130 and shaped his own seatstays and chainstays which were incredibly light. That’s when the lighter Formula frames started and monostays appear.
The bike in the picture is a Donohue built frame made before Columbus tubing was used."

I hope that clears that up :)

On dropout almost certainly they'ed of had limited choice at that time, it was a period where the UK frame building industry was almost at its end and investment casting was moving to Taiwan so we'd of used what was available hence the bosses.

I've never seen that seat tube with the embossed logo, it is a piece of history and worthy of restoration.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:42 am 
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So this is 1 of 6 :shock: Amazing!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:50 am 
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........THE GOLDEN AGE OF ORANGE.... :shock: 8) 8)

....FANTASTIC,... 8)

mike, thank you for all your effort and time taken to find out more for us.. 8)


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Really good info Michael, thanks. 8)


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It's getting better and better is this 8)


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In my head Michael@orange's e-mails to Lester start off with "Those oddballs at retrobike have got all excited over a old clapped out bike again" :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:17 pm 
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Tazio wrote:
In my head Michael@orange's e-mails to Lester start off with "Those oddballs at retrobike have got all excited over a old clapped out bike again" :D


We'e never met but I'd think there are a few on here can vouch for my love of old pedal bikes, motorbikes and cars and al round geekiness :D Maybe I need to do an initiation test , specialist subject The Bicycle Data Book or The Dancing Chain, history of the derailleur gear :D


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Loving this.. 1 of 6?

Proper proper rare bike and genuinely part of UK MTB history.

Great.


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