This is a Swedish racing frame from the early 1970s (possibly 1973). It was a very popular frame in Scandinavia from 1960 onward. This frame had apparently been used by a Finnish cycling team. Bought the frameset because my girlfriend wanted a vintage road bike and it was of the right size and very cheap. It's a very nice frame, with Nervex lugs and 531 tubing. The downside was that the original paintwork had been ruined at some point. The color was the most depressing red I have ever seen. For a year the frame waited in the cellar and we kind of hated it.
Don't know what happened but one day the lady just decided to paint the frame. Two evenings later the frame had a beatiful new colour and finish. Since that day the frame was called "Banana". Don't ask why.
Based partly on the history of the frame and partly on the new colour scheme we decided to make new decals for the bike.
Then I started to put the thing together. I had almost all of the parts ready. The Campa crankset, pedals and the bottom bracket were NOS and absolutely mint. I had got them as gift from my dad. He had bought them in the 1980s for a bike he never built.
The wheels, seatpost and saddle I bought from here. My girlfiend hunted for a long time for that head badge. Finally she found one in Sweden. It's from an earlier Crescent model but it looks very nice in this frame too I think.
She also insisted on those leather grips. She sew them on by herself and now I really want those for my road bike too! They are soft goats skin and they have a very luxurious feel to them.
She says riding the bike is like taking out a very old racing horse that is eager to compete again. The downtube shifting takes some getting used to though.Frame+fork:
Crescent 92320, 54 cmHeadset:
Ofmega, French threadedStem:
Zenith, 60 mm, with a titanium wedge boltHandlebar
: Belleri Bar tape:
Velo Orange leather sew upBrake levers:
Campagnolo Super Record, new hoodsBrake calipers:
Campagnolo Nuovo RecordBrake pads:
KoolStop salmon Brake cables:
noname stainlessShift levers:
Campagnolo Nuovo RecordRear derailleur:
Campagnolo Nuovo RecordDerailleur cable:
KMC X8 Cranks:
Campagnolo Nuovo Record, 172,5 mmChainring:
Gipiemme 46TChainring bolts:
noname alloy Bottom bracket:
Campagnolo Nuovo Record Strada, French threaded Pedals:
Campagnolo Nuovo Record Hub skewers:
Campagnolo Nuovo RecordRims:
rear Miche, front Gian RobertNipples:
DT Competition 2,0/1,8 mm Tyres:
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 23-622Tubes:
Michelin A1 Saddle:
: Nitto Ritchey, 26,8 mm