Got my hands on this baby quite a while ago and now after some blood, sweat and tears I got everything right
Right after collection my attention was drawn by the remnants of a name on the toptube: "Ron Groen". Ron Groen raced with the Skala-Gazelle team in the mid 80s. It is a small world: I happened to stumble upon someone who made the tech drawings for this rig with without any doubt great speed potential. He immediately recognized it as being Ron Groen's bike.
The serial unveils it is a 1983 frame. Ron was riding for Vredestein-Gazelle-Campagnolo at that time. The history is that the frame has been resprayed in Skala-Gazelle colours when Ron entered the professional Skala-Gazelle team, somewhat later.
Ron Groen >
Clearly visible in pic are a telly & video. That was where Skala's
business was about: Rental of audio and video equipment.
Full 531(c) frame
3T cockpit ("Union" panto stem)
Super Record post
Brooks Professional seat
Nuovo Record Pista cranks
Nuovo Record low flange hubs
Part of the specs will be original, some will be added by later owners and I can tell the cockpit and post/seat are by me. I gave the bike a big overhaull too btw. Ready for the next 1/4 century
More pics to follow