Old School Hero
It's really quite a good bike for that 2nd tier level, the equivalent to Ultergra equipped bikes of today. I was always amazed by the low weight, most high end bikes weren't much lighter in the early 80s, usually somewhere between 9-10 Kg.Hi Sid,
I am new on this forum and don't know how to pm you. I'd like to send this file to a decal producer and ask him to make me a decalset. My first 'serious' road bike was an Alimo 600EX/AE (this was also on the top tube). I was lucky to have a dura ace crankset on my bike which gave me a real pro feeling.
I found a frameset that resembles my Alimo, so a new project has started, building my old bike again.
I don't think that Ishiwata tubing was very well known in Europe or carried the same levels of prestige as Reynolds and Columbus but the 019 grade tubing of the early Alimos was the equivalent in weight to Reynolds 531.
It still feels fast and smooth when I ride it now, I can't wait until I can restore it, should be in spring time when I start. I plan to improve the appearance compared to the original which was crudely restickered on a basic paint job and add a few subtle upgrades, I need some new wheels so I'll get some lightweight ones custom built up, I want to run 28 mm tyres so will fit a wider rim than the original Super Champion Gentleman ones.
I sent you a private message about the stickers