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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:51 pm 
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Hi, I've just bought a Specs bike which I think is about 30 years old. Has anyone heard of this company or can offer any info.cheers Rob.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:48 pm 
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Tricky to see from the photo's but Under BB cable guides, top tube cable guides, Weinmann brakes with nuts, what looks like a La Prade Seat post Plus non aero brakes puts it in the Early 1980's pretty much, perhaps mid eighties at a pinch.

50 years old is probably a tad optimistic :) any pics of the lugs? Is there a Frame number under the BB beginning with a W?

Shaun


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:56 am 
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Ha sorry the post should have read 30 years which as you say puts it in the 80s.
Thanks for your reply, the only marking on the frame is a 72 stamped by the seat post , is this the type of tubing?
What I know of the company is they would hand build to order but they are long gone now. The guy I bought it off spotted it second hand and had it unused in his shed for years.


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72 probably indicates seat lug angle.
Classic mid 1970s for me.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:44 am 
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Thanks Keith, going to give it a complete strip down and clean, hopefully find some more markings


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:19 pm 
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I'm with Keithglos, it screams mid to late 70's to me. It *feels* like those alloy wheels weren't on it originally and it would have had chrome steel jobbies. Just a gut feel based on the other components though, no evidence whatsoever :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:30 pm 
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Yep the wheels have been replaced, the originals kept going out of shape apparently . I think everything else is the original spec.


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Spec Cycles was/is a bike shop in Benfleet, Essex. Apparently it, along with several other shops, were:

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forced to close or relocate after developer Linatrop was granted permission to tear down the shopping parade to build four new shops and 13 flats with an underground car park.


I don't know if they are still in business or not. My guess is they bought in their own branded frames.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:41 pm 
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If the bars and stem are original then very late 70s early 80s. cinelli didnt make record stem till very late 70s.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:14 pm 
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I have already mentioned the frame and the connection with the 80's but I'm sure the fork crown is also 80's CCA / C-58 ........that style took over from the MC1 styling of the late 70's.

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