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    1988 Falcon Equipe

    Do you still have this bike?
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    The Road Bike How Much Thread

    I would date it between 1968 and 1978 by the head badge and the seat tube decal. It doesn't look like a 531 tubed frame but looks as if the components could be original. The more likely model is the black Diamond. Did you buy it?
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    Cotton bar tape question

    I remember at school in the 1960s we used to put multiple wraps of cotton tape so the bars became really thick and cushiony, apparently just like the pros (or so I was told). Does anyone else remember that technique?
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    FALCON 753 BANANA TEAM FRAME

    Not at all. In 1983/84 the Falcon team bikes were actually built by Paul Washington at Brian Rourke's. In late 1984, 1985 and 1986 the team bikes were built by Terry Dolan (formerly of Harry Quinn, later of Cougar and later again Dolan Cycles). I have a 1984 Falcon, built with Reynolds 531...
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    FALCON 753 BANANA TEAM FRAME

    Thanks for the reply. I havn't seen another one since.
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    FALCON 753 BANANA TEAM FRAME

    So what happened to your Falcon 753 frame then?
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    The make of the hubs is not specified but Maillard is quite likely. Maillard hubs have the date...

    The make of the hubs is not specified but Maillard is quite likely. Maillard hubs have the date of manufacture engraved on the outside of the barrel, using a dating system of the form NN NN. The first pair of numbers is the week of the year, 01-52. The second two numbers are the year of...
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    The beautiful SR drilled chainset was fitted to this model as standard. I am attaching a copy...

    The beautiful SR drilled chainset was fitted to this model as standard. I am attaching a copy of the 1980 catalogue entry (frame is pearl green) and the 1982 catalogue (frame is clear blue) which has a description of the spec. Both pictures show this chainwheel.
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    I am sure that is a Professional with the CRMO tubing and the Bocama lugs. I think the frame is...

    I am sure that is a Professional with the CRMO tubing and the Bocama lugs. I think the frame is identical to the SuperPro except the latter has a chrome fork. Catalogues show that the Professional was made first in 1978 through to 1982. Yours is an earlier one as it has the rear brake cable...
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    The CRMO of about that date would probably be a Professional - a similar frame to the SuperPro...

    The CRMO of about that date would probably be a Professional - a similar frame to the SuperPro but with no chrome forks and no Campag drivetrain, brakes and seat post. Generally were light blue metallic,
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    That's a nice early 1980s Falcon by the look of it. New wheels and other upgrades but in...

    That's a nice early 1980s Falcon by the look of it. New wheels and other upgrades but in keeping with the original spec. Usually pretty affordable too.
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    Mystery frame ID help

    I don't think you will get better confirmation that it's a Mercian than from the firm themselves. Congratulations! Now for the interesting, and often lengthy and expensive, search for period parts! Great fun though.
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    Mystery frame ID help

    My Falcon San Remo 1980/81
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    Mystery frame ID help

    A great decision! Keeping the frame and the fork together was essential and now a quality refurb. What colour scheme are you going for?
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    Can you identify this frame?

    I have also noticed that the Reynolds transfer has the gold base which only was added in 1973. It suggests a respray in the 1970s?
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