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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:31 pm 
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Retro enthusiasms come and go, but a Swallow Griffon and a 1987 Tesch-built Team Stumpjumper have been on my it-will-be-mine-oh-yes list for many years. Not a whisper of either though.

It's dawning on me that there is a very good chance that these two bikes are in fact extinct.

So are there any other bikes that you know to have existed but that haven't been seen or heard of for a worryingly long time?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:40 pm 
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funny you shoould mention this - been looking for one myself too. Bearing in mind that I did find a GOD Ilkeston frame at the tip, it might still happen...

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:56 pm 
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Unicorns do exist. Thought I would never find a Parkpre Sledge Hammer. Didn't even bother looking knowing that there was only one known example this side of the Atlantic. Thanks to a good friend one turned up with my name on it. Don't give up.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:17 pm 
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been looking out for a Westpine rear hub for about 15 years, but despite being assured that some were produced I've only recently seen a picture of one, let alone one for sale.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:23 pm 
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yep i posted pretty much the same thread about the mythical '88 fisher procaliber


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:47 pm 
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Chute55uk wrote:
yep i posted pretty much the same thread about the mythical '88 fisher procaliber


I love the 1988 Fisher range: largely because I spent hours poring over that year's catalogue. But I'm pretty sure examples of the '88 Procaliber still exist, even if they're not readily available.

It's the extinct bikes that I'm worrying about.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:50 pm 
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doctor-bond wrote:
Chute55uk wrote:
yep i posted pretty much the same thread about the mythical '88 fisher procaliber


I love the 1988 Fisher range: largely because I spent hours poring over that year's catalogue. But I'm pretty sure examples of the '88 Procaliber still exist, even if they're not readily available.

It's the extinct bikes that I'm worrying about.


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ha! you try finding one then.... i will give you a real unicorn if you do


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:54 pm 
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legrandefromage wrote:
...Bearing in mind that I did find a GOD Ilkeston frame at the tip, it might still happen...


I think those things ONLY happen to you :lol:
I saw one, once; A track frame in TI team colors; signed on the seat tube, above the BB (IIRC).

It was a thing of awesomeness...but about 5 sizes too big for me... :cry:

Keep looking!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:15 pm 
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I find that I only find the things I'm looking for when I'm not looking for them.


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Unless of course they no longer exist and they can't be found, I find that often even the ones that don't exist are out there though.


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