little jim wrote:
This was dug out of a pile of old bikes at the shop I work at and aside from the value I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about it. From a bit of research I've done I know it was built in 1980 and the signatures on the top tube are those of the three Viscount factory team riders but beyond that I don't know anything. I'd like to restore it but don't have much to go on.
Any help is appreciated
Sorry about the picture quality
Viscount seem to have done quite a few team replica bikes in the early 1980's - my first ever "racer" was a tiny pearl white bike in exactly the same KP crisps livery as yours. Some of them were seriously nice, built with lightweight "Aerospace" tubing (and usually with a sticker on the seatpost to identify that), Shimano Dura Ace drive train and according to this excellent blog - http://viscount-lambert-bikes.blogspot. ... -results=9
- lugs with windows. If you scroll down the page, there's a set of images from Viscount's 1981 catalogue. If you've got one of these, you're a lucky bloke, and I'm properly jealous! I've never seen a team replica for sale, so I'm not sure what the value would be.
Viscount also built lower spec bikes in team livery which I'd guess used the same frame as my Viscount tourer - still a fine, if not spectacular, bike. Mine cost about £40 I think, in similar condition to yours but not tha well advertised.
There's a Viscount group on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/nunomoutin ... 119963@N21
- with some nice pictures and a monumental thread on the CTC forum - http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=21010
- if you catch the bug.