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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:15 pm 

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hey all,

so i just got this frame from the local bikesmiff who lives down road from me (in thailand) i mentioned to him that i was interested in building a road bike, then he ushered me downt he back of the work shop and pointed out a frame to me.
it looked pretty cool and kinda retro and wasnt too heavey. so i took it.
he told me it was a famous brand and it was rare, from what i could gather (im still beginner level speaker).

so what i know already:
its black , under that was blue.
it was made in taiwan (yet to be confirmed)
head badge on it says 'foremost' - after googling this i got all kinds of crazy conflicting results
it's roughly 25 years old. thats all i know- if any one can give me any more info on this brand its history- and its quality or value ( if any) that'd be swell.
id love a picture of an original complete so i know what the hell it is im rebuilding. he did mention he had forks for it too, im not sure if they're the originals or not, i hope so.
cheers folks!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:42 pm 
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JC Penny sold bikes named Foremost they were mainly utility/cruiser Schwinn style bikes and built in Jackson, Mississippi......possibly the same company?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:59 pm 
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Possibly a pun on Taiwan being historically called Formosa?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:00 pm 
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Never heard of Foremost, not that that means anything.

Things that can give an idea of the quality of a bike:
- rear brake bridge: the "tube with a hole" that you have is typical of lower end bikes.
- dropouts: pressed (stamped from sheet steel, with "sharp" edges) being lower end and forged being higher. Are they named?
- seat tube/post diameter: 27.2mm/27.0mm being top end; being smaller doesn't necessarily mean it's low-grade steel as, for example, 531 came in many different flavours and seat tube sizes.
- lugs: they don't look to have been finished with any particular care.

Mudguard mounts won't be found on a thoroughbred race machine, but there are also plenty of good bikes which have mudguards.

The rear derailleur cablestop is on top of the chainstay which is the "old" position; but it has braze-ons for downtube shifters and toptube cable guides which were "later" features. Different manufacturers were using these features at different times and there is no precise cut-off date, but I'd hazard a guess at late Seventies/early Eighties.

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