monty dog wrote:
Alan were still making these up to a few years ago - and I believe they first came out in the late 80s - one of the first production carbon frames alongside Look, Vitus and TVT. Yours may be in the Teka colours as ridden by Malcolm Elliot? I bought one in 1995 from Dauphin Cycles when it was still run by Tony Mills and sold it about 7 years ago - I last saw it under a young rider from Hounslow CC a few years ago.
Thanks for the information - I will investigate the Teka/Malcolm Elliott link further.
I understand that Alan was probably the very first mass producer of carbon frames and they built the first one as early as 1976. Not sure if this is when they went into production though. Even earlier, Raleigh Special Products of Worksop built a prototype carbon-tubed frame, again using ALAN aluminium lugs and aerospace carbon tubes bonded into the lugs.
1996 TJ Flying Gate, 1989 Concorde Aquila, 1969 curly Hetchins Magnum Bonum, 1956 Bates BAR, 1955 Gillott, 1955 Claud Butler Avant Coureur Special, 1953 Ernie Clements Special Course, 1950 Granby, 1948 FH Grubb lugless, 1938 WJ Hood Palace Special