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 Post subject: Plume Vainqueur
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:11 pm 
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Here's a bike from the Plum shop in Gent, Belgium. Plum is one
of the oldest shops in Belgium. This seems to be an early 70's bike.
It had a fairly successful racing team in the 1960's-70's. Their most famous team member was Walter Planckaert.

I think this should be a fairly straightforward clean up.
Mudguard, saddle and reflectors will go, maybe an older stem and bars, and some older rims.
The seat tube decals are almost gone. I would like to try to get some replacement waterslide ones.
The paint has some scratches, but nothing drastic so I think I will try to leave this as it is as much as possible.
I love the very old school decals, such as the old Columbus tubing decal.

Thanks for looking, and for any comments.

Johnny

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Frame: Plume Vainqueur, columbus tubes, chrome head tube lugs,
campagnolo drop outs.

Fork: Original fork with campag drop outs

Headset: Lightrace
Stem: SR
Handlebar: SR World Championship Japan
Bar Tape: Bike Ribbon

Brake Levers/Brifters: Universal Model 68
Brake Calipers: Universal Model 68
Brake Pads: Universal


Shifters: Shimano
Front Derailleur: Huret (challenger?)
Rear Derailleur: Suntour V, first type?
Cassette: Atom?
Cranks: Sugino Mighty
Chainrings: Sugino Mighty Competition
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo
Pedals: Atom

Rims: Mavic MA40
Hubs: Atom


Saddle: Horrible - have a replacement though
Seatpost: Has a mark 'BW' in a diamond on


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:14 pm 
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Nice piece of Belgian cycling history :D


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:16 pm 
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Hey,

Anyone have any ideas for bar tape for this? Since it's an early 70's bike, cloth seems right, but what about colours?

White seems the obvious choice, but would orange work?

Cheers,

Johnny


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I have an orange bike I plan blue cloth for and I think it will look good, but my frame has blue graphics and levers hoods :roll: Hmm.. black, orange?


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I would go for black cloth and a second hand dark brown Brooks B17 saddle!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 8:49 pm 
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Very nice bike. Love to se a little better pictures and how it looks with out the mudgards.

I found the Plum bikeshop last year when I was in Ghent. What a place. They actually got a museum with a lot of the old bikes... 10-15-20 original bikes form different times in the shops 102 years history. I have a number of pictures I could upload if of any interest... Belgium bikes rocks! Straight forward stuff with a lot of spokes in the wheels. Build to last!


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very nice bike


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