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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:35 pm 
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Just checking what dates the cut-off ?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:44 pm 
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I doubt if the fork is from that age. I really think it is from a later era.


This sort of uninformed comment is best kept out of the public domain because it unnecessarily denigrates an excellent bike. I have done a lot of research into Falcon San Remo bikes and this frame and fork in particular, which I have discussed with a frame builder of that era and there is no doubt in my mind that the fork is original. I am sufficiently impressed with this bike to have included it on my website of classic racing bikes: http://classiclightweights.net/

And if you scroll to the bottom of the page where this bike is shown, you will see an advertisement from that era that includes these words in the San Remo model description: "Italian-style sloping fork crown, all chrome-plated" - http://classiclightweights.net/united-kingdom/falcon/1963-falcon-san-remo-equipe/

I think this forum is a great place, but it is not helpful to express an uninformed opinion because of the risk that it will be accepted as fact. In this case, it might seriously devalue the bike if anyone were to believe it and I would expect the owner to be upset by it. Better to ask a question through a PM if you are not sure of something.


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Checkout this link please about the Falcon. :wink:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=913190


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:08 pm 
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huggie wrote:
dutchie wrote:
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I doubt if the fork is from that age. I really think it is from a later era.


This sort of uninformed comment is best kept out of the public domain because it unnecessarily denigrates an excellent bike. I have done a lot of research into Falcon San Remo bikes and this frame and fork in particular, which I have discussed with a frame builder of that era and there is no doubt in my mind that the fork is original. I am sufficiently impressed with this bike to have included it on my website of classic racing bikes: http://classiclightweights.net/

And if you scroll to the bottom of the page where this bike is shown, you will see an advertisement from that era that includes these words in the San Remo model description: "Italian-style sloping fork crown, all chrome-plated" - http://classiclightweights.net/united-kingdom/falcon/1963-falcon-san-remo-equipe/

I think this forum is a great place, but it is not helpful to express an uninformed opinion because of the risk that it will be accepted as fact. In this case, it might seriously devalue the bike if anyone were to believe it and I would expect the owner to be upset by it. Better to ask a question through a PM if you are not sure of something.


It is not my meaning to devalue the bike nor to upset the owner. I wrote words like 'guess' and 'think'. And I base this because in that era (1963) to my knowledge forks were build with separate crowns. Also seen on the mentioned pictures even more.
My apoligies if someone has been hurt. :wink:


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My 1978 Gitane Olympic Record. All 531, all Campagnolo Nuovo Record, just like Hinault's TdF winning bike. Less than 100 miles on the clock:

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Gitane is fantastic. Why'd you ride it so little, though?


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 Post subject: My humble nomination...
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I was attracted by the sound of all these gauntlets being thrown down! Here is my modest effort from 1988 - but it's got a nice story. Bought new by me in 1989, raced by me as a teenager, re-discovered 20 years later, restored with the Mavic equipment I always wanted back then but couldn't afford, including wheels built with my own fair hand, and ridden up to the top of its namesake (the Col d'Aravis) earlier this month. Brings a tear to a glass eye, as we say round these parts!

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1988 Peugeot Aravis
Reynolds 531 Professional Frame and Forks
Cinelli XA Stem and Champion del Mondo(sp!) bars
Selle Italia Turbo Saddle in Miami Vice White!
Mavic 631 chainset
Mavic 851 Front and Rear Mechs
Mavic 501 hubs
Mavic Open Pro Rims
Michelin HiLite Super Comp HD (slick) tyres
Mavic/Modollo 440 Brakeset
Benotto Handlebar Tape
TA Bottle Cages
Zefal Pump
Fat 38 year old ex-racer as a rider...

Build Thread in Forum somewhere!


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 Post subject: 1978 Gitane
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:50 pm 
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Johnsqual wrote:
Gitane is fantastic. Why'd you ride it so little, though?


Well the problem is that I have a stupid number of bikes and don't get round to riding them all a lot and I will have to move about 10 bikes to get at this one. It had no miles on it when I bought it a couple of years ago. But you're right - there isn't a lot of point having a bike and not riding it. I am a member of the Veteran-Cycle Club (V-CC) and try to take a different bike to every ride and it's time for this one. I share my bikes (and other people's) online with a couple of websites that might be of interest to lovers of classic bikes: http://classiclightweights.net/ and http://classicvikingcycles.com/


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PERFECT!


Last edited by bikenut2010 on Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:27 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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bikenut2010 wrote:
PERFECT!


No need to show us the pictures again ! We get the message 8)

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