Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:31 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 26 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:55 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:11 pm
Posts: 335
Location: eastleigh
Here some pics of my Falcon Olympic . It hasn’t got the wrap around seat stay like the one in the advert but it has got - good rusty bits, plenty of wear & lots of patiiiiiiiiiiiina ! :wink:
Weighs in at - 2.8kg F&F
Attachment:
13A6FE79-F676-44A8-A537-3F3F5E301303.jpeg
13A6FE79-F676-44A8-A537-3F3F5E301303.jpeg [ 395.49 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]

Attachment:
3536AA16-E601-4FAC-8842-993478ACFE97.jpeg
3536AA16-E601-4FAC-8842-993478ACFE97.jpeg [ 286.47 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]

Attachment:
9C8EA6B4-92CF-425A-99C3-3E1F901AD1C6.jpeg
9C8EA6B4-92CF-425A-99C3-3E1F901AD1C6.jpeg [ 275.96 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]

Attachment:
6A4223DD-343C-4152-BB84-681E934AB6D0.jpeg
6A4223DD-343C-4152-BB84-681E934AB6D0.jpeg [ 272.39 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]

Attachment:
DB46CFC9-F775-4B39-B13A-944C1E6F3382.jpeg
DB46CFC9-F775-4B39-B13A-944C1E6F3382.jpeg [ 321.33 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]

Attachment:
B1BF72E2-F313-41FE-9876-53CB5048825C.jpeg
B1BF72E2-F313-41FE-9876-53CB5048825C.jpeg [ 354.84 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]

Attachment:
570170AA-75A1-479F-8A05-B91B215CAFE6.jpeg
570170AA-75A1-479F-8A05-B91B215CAFE6.jpeg [ 396.52 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]

Attachment:
D8A9B532-E0A8-4E61-B6C1-ABED24E9D8DA.jpeg
D8A9B532-E0A8-4E61-B6C1-ABED24E9D8DA.jpeg [ 372.34 KiB | Viewed 236 times ]


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Falcon Bike Vintage
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:08 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:41 pm
Posts: 9996
Location: Cumbria
That's a much later Olympic. :). It's the fork crown, plate dropouts and lack of lamp boss that makes the OP bike interesting........or typically Falcon lol


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:22 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:11 pm
Posts: 335
Location: eastleigh
What age do you think ?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Falcon Bike Vintage
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:34 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:41 pm
Posts: 9996
Location: Cumbria
Looks late 60's to me.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Falcon Bike Vintage
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:36 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:41 pm
Posts: 9996
Location: Cumbria
Looks late 60's to me. Trying to think when they moved to Brigg in Lincolnshire


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:52 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Sun Jun 10, 2012 9:49 am
Posts: 351
Location: Hampshire
It's the same bike in the road test which is dated August 1975 and has later upgrades to more of a tourer. Looks like the same colour as specified in the road test...Candy Apple Red and Italian style fork.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Falcon Bike Vintage
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:03 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:39 pm
Posts: 49
It's certainly earlier than the 1980s and looks like it started life as an Olympic.

I started work for Falcon in the Brigg factory in 1982 if I remember correctly. Wikipedia is both misleading or just plain wrong on a lot of the Falcon cycles info. The 'new factory' in Brigg was new to the group, it wasn't a new factory, I think it had been used by a garment manufacturer before Falcon moved there in around 1980 - prior to that Falcons were made in the Elswick factory in Barton-upon-Humber.
Anyway, no matter. Pretty easy way to identify the era of a frame is from the head badge - very, very few frames built in the Brigg factory had riveted head badges - I'd go as far as saying that none did, with the one or two really class Falcons frames built around then (I remember a matched pair of road and track bikes with copper plated frames) probably coming out of Harry Quinn's frame shop which was at the time owned by the brother of Ernie Clements, Falcon's general manager.
The factory was demolished in around 2011 and as far as I know the site has been unused except for bulk storage of aggregates and the like since then.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Falcon Bike Vintage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:01 am 
Newbie

Joined: Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:26 pm
Posts: 5
My mother says he bought a bike in April of 1974. Is it reasonable to think this bike would be available in the US at that time?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Falcon Bike Vintage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:35 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:39 pm
Posts: 49
It's likely. In the 1970s the USA was Falcon's biggest market, both for it's own label bikes (as in Falcon and Coventry-Eagle) and cheaper models sold under the Eddy Merckx brand.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Falcon Bike Vintage
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 3:06 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
rider | rBoTM Winner
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:42 pm
Posts: 5623
Location: West Yorkshire
They must have been building some top-end frames at Brigg in the 80's. A mate was delivering to a factory in Brigg a few years ago and got talking to the forklift truck driver who said he worked for Frank Clements at the factory, eventually ending up as a frame builder - and 753 accredited. One of his jobs was to go the Humberside Airport, pick up a French bloke, bring him back to the factory and sort out his frame requirements so he could build him a couple. The French bloke was rather arrogant, wore wire rim specs and had a pony tail. I wonder who that could have been..............


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 26 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Brian1946, konaman1, pigman, Wigan bear and 53 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group