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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 8:27 pm 
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I read somewhere, Lfgss forum I think, that Saba were built by Viner.
Now I've got a Saba and the inside fork crown has a full set of playing card motifs cut into it, something I've seen recently on a vintage Viner track frame. Mine is supposed to be from 1979. The Viner was from around that time.

Also recently on ebay I saw a Saba for sale with star cut out lugs, which is a Viner trademark. This looked older than my frame, but cannot be 100% certain.

I've done a fair bit of trawling through google image and flickr and I came across another Saba frame which around the seat tube had a rainbow stripe band with cicli Viner Pistoia written across it.

So maybe at least some of the Saba's were indeed built by viner?


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 8:32 pm 
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The inside fork crown 'playing card' reinforcement was a standard frame building component used by lots of builders.


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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:41 pm 
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My Barton-on-Humber built Falcon San Remo from the mid 70's has a fancy drilled "inside the fork reinforcement"... I asked them to do it LOL

It doesn't really do anything as it's just a brazed fillet of metal on the inside of the fork and isn't cast as part of the fork crown itself..

Nowadays I would be called a tart :D

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 Post subject: Saba Equipe
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:31 pm 
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Hello folks

I bought a Saba Equipe frame from Broadribbs Oxford back in the 70s. It was made from Columbus SL tubing with Campag dropouts, and had light blue metallic fleck paintwork with SABA in yellow. As previously stated, the logo was a man with arms raised - the race winner?. The lugs were drilled with the man logo, the word SABA was also engraved onto the top of the forks and seat stays. Inside of the fork lugs and rear stays have hearts, clubs, spades and diamond cut-outs. The bottom bracket shell was slotted and came fitted with an O.M.A.S titanium bottom bracket with ergal rings. It cost £160 which was a lot of dosh back in the day.

I still have it at home, though got it resprayed by Mercian in the late 80's and covered with Pinarello transfers

I'll give it a clean up and post some pictures if anyone is interested?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:16 pm 
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I'd Like to see it :) The SABA frames I came across in 1978 from the reps had a little button brazed on the seat stay above the dropout to hook the chain onto. Class :D

Our boss never stocked them (Cliff Pratt Cycles) as the tight wads in Yorkshire would never buy them. Especially as they were more expensive than a Raleigh 753 !!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:45 pm 
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I may turn my old bike into a restoration project. It would be great to get it back to the original light blue fleck with yellow decals etc. I found a load of Saba stuff for sale on the internet. With the old school Cinelli and Campag Super Record stuff cleaned up, I reckon it'll look the business.

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I'd Like to see it :) The SABA frames I came across in 1978 from the reps had a little button brazed on the seat stay above the dropout to hook the chain onto. Class :D

Our boss never stocked them (Cliff Pratt Cycles) as the tight wads in Yorkshire would never buy them. Especially as they were more expensive than a Raleigh 753 !!


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 Post subject: Re: saba frames - info?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:03 am 
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Hello,
While looking for information about my frame I found this thread.
I share some photos of my frame, may know if this is a Saba or maybe someone can help me with some information.
Greetings!

J.

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 Post subject: Re: saba frames - info?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:17 pm 
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The cutouts look totally different to those on my frame. Yours *might* be a Saba, I couldn't say. I've never seen every Saba frame made, so don't know if they changed the style of cutouts. I will try and get some photos up when the weather improves.

juanitodz wrote:
Hello,
While looking for information about my frame I found this thread.
I share some photos of my frame, may know if this is a Saba or maybe someone can help me with some information.
Greetings!

J.



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 Post subject: Re: saba frames - info?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:48 pm 
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This might be co-incidence but i saw a frame with those cut-outs somewhere very recently on a forum - presumably not on here. I think (but i could be wrong) that the advice was it was not Saba but another make - i am thinking Sachs but again i could be completely wrong. Someone here will know.

Richard - the one with the amnesiac goldfish memory


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 Post subject: Re: saba frames - info?
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 12:22 pm 
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Not in a position (physically or financially) to do anything with my old Saba bike. Can't believe how expensive enamellers are these days. Will put it up on the For Sale board soon, along with the old school bits and bobs, and hope someone might be interested.


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