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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:13 am 
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How can I tell if my ‘Ribble’ is a ‘Kowal’? It is late 70s/ early 80s in Reynolds 531C.


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 Post subject: Re: Mike Kowal.
PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:27 am 
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my kowal ribble has no frame number, just a size.

They're not really any more special than any built by other builders (Dolan etc) for Ribble though


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 Post subject: Re: Mike Kowal.
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:03 pm 
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richardshill wrote:
If it is one of his, would like to badge it suitably.


I don't think Autostrada badged any frames for themselves, did they? AFAIK all production went out for shops to brand themselves. There were several companies that did this BITD (eg Tonard and even Viking, Holdsworth and Mercian) and it is a minefield to try and identify some of them!


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 Post subject: Re: Mike Kowal.
PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:11 am 
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Two of my Ribble 653 frames seem to be of the Mike Kowal era. Lovely bikes to ride. No proof that they are made by him though!


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