Hi again Keith
"Baled out in 67 my friend" The best was yet to follow, do you not think ?
531 was everything for 30+ years, then 753 hit town and it was the new must have kid on the block. I remember asking at Walvale cycles about the cost of just a 753 frame and was quoted £400+ and that was in 1979. Kitted with Campagnolo Super Record throughout it was a cool GRAND / £1000.
In 1981 I left Britain for 6 years and was in Hamburg (which is where I picked up my Faggin .... after my Favorit was stolen). I bought it from the Von Hacht brothers after they advised it over a Colnago Oval (I know Keith, but hindsight is a wonderful thing, been after an affordable 1 ever since). They are still in business now (a large one too .... google them)
Had my trusty Faggin with me ever since then. Clocked up some serious miles too in all these years, and thats just being used for short 10mile runs almost everyday for 28years. Still going strong & unlike myself, looking very good for her age
Buying NOS old stock now is by and large cheaper than 30 years ago. As a retailer Keith you got things at cost, I was a consumer and had to pay the going rates. Every penny I ever spent on a bike was well worth it and some. I want to meet someone on here in 30 years, and listen to their tales of how their beautiful Carbon Fibre crap has lasted that long whilst still being ridden and not locked away.
Won't go into the longevity of the 50's frames against CFC's but suffice to say "Old Hand Built Frames are always going to be Beautiful", Humans built them, not robots.
Really looking forward to collecting this GB on saturday, just love the feeling of the great unknown with old battered bikes. Bought 1 last year from Barrow in Furness for £20 on a hunch & a whim. When I collected it I thought "sh*t what a waste of time", but on the way home after much looking and scraping crap off it, I got excited.
Turned out that the crankset was a mint Tevano, complete with Tevano rings and bolts. The hubs where campag SR F&R on GP4's. Crested Cinelli Pista handlebars with a late 60's Cinelli stem. Frame was a god awful 501 aerospace with a ripped seattube (front mech hangar had been ripped off)
The parts where stunning after a good clean
Love the Tevano, especially its history, and it is a VERY strong alloy mixture used to make them, no where near as soft as a campag SR. Came with Miche pedals also. All in all Keith a journey well made
You take care buddy & its nice talking to someone, yours Laz.