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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:08 pm 
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I've been lurking in this section a bit this year since doing my first retro road ride back in June and more recently aquiring an old Bianchi from the scrapyard.

Last week I was checking my local scrapyard as I do daily on my morning break when I saw this on the heap. I'll never ride this frame as it's way too big for me but there was no way that I could leave it there, it's just too nice IMO.

So what can you tell me about this frame? I've been doing a little research here http://www.nkilgariff.com/ but can't really nail the model/year.

Notice in the photo of the rear chainstays that one seems to curve upwards and one downwards, don't know whether that is a feature or a problem :?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:04 pm 
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Such a nice frame...... the chainstays are not "vibrant", they are bent, not sure if they could be cold re-set.

Shame :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:10 pm 
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Lovely frame.

Wish I had such a helpful scrapyard in the South Brum area.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:12 pm 
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Oh well at least I know for definite that this frame needs some serious work, just hope it can be rescued.

I've been pointed in the direction of the period 49-52 and can see some similarities with the Côte D'Azur frame. Although the forks are different the double brace on the seatstay is certainly present.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:23 pm 
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GasPipeWarrior wrote:
Lovely frame.

Wish I had such a helpful scrapyard in the South Brum area.


Small and friendly scrapyard, only been open a few months and less than a couple of hundred yards from my work. I go for a stroll there every morning, you never know what is going to turn up.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:23 pm 
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Saw a couple BITD.........have a look for Perfection exquisite. Needs keeping and restoring IMHO

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:34 pm 
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Needs keeping and restoring IMHO
Shaun


Totally agree, just needs to be someone who is a lot taller than me.

Don't think it's a Perfection exquisite, the one I've just googled has slightly fancier lugs.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:46 pm 
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I worked in a bike shop that used to make frames........

http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bu ... pratt.html

Unless it was a production line then nothing looked like the brochure, My Falcon San-Remo has extra fillets on the inside of the forks at my request :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:20 am 
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Hi, nice frame, very rare and worth any effort put into it. It does look like a Côte D'Azur frame from the late forties, and there should be a serial number on the Bottom Bracket, can you check, it maybe faint, that will help to age it, but 1948/9 looks about right. Terry


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:44 pm 
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Thanks for the further replies :D .

Frame number is 2302.


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