Citoyen du monde wrote:
I raced on an Alan back in the 80's, in their heyday. If you compare them to modern bikes they are as flexible as a wet noodle and therefore require a different riding style, but they do allow for more than acceptable performance if you are a lightweight rider. If you are well over 10 stone, or are one who likes to tromp on the pedals, it is most likely not the best bike for you. They are known to have issues with the lugs cracking, especially the headlugs, so do check this out.
I am just 11 stones so probably on the safe side
but I actually consider it to build a comfortable city bike so will not use it for a speedy racer
I like the wet noodle analogy though
now wet noodle can be al dente ( in italy ) or mushy (more the french way I actually hate)
how do the english cook the noodles ?
Serotta Max 853
Scapin Rudolf 2002
and now having been bitten by the vintage roadie bug ! is this serious doctor ?