Mike's Bikes

Bikes I have or have had
Atala Cannondale T700 Cinelli Super Corsa (78) Cinelli Super Corsa (96)
Colnogo Super '73 Colnogo Super '79 CurtLo Touring Dahon Speed 7
Falcon Black Diamond Falcon San Remo Frejus Professional Holdsworth Special
Holdsworth Fastback Super Mistral Tom Kellogg Ross Koga Miyata Fore Runner Koga Miyata Valley Runner
Koga Miyata Prologue Koga Miyata Road Gentleman Dave Moulton Recherche Litespeed Appalachian
Litespeed Ultimate Mariposa Motobecane Grand Jubille Nashbar Toure'
Proteus Custom Raleigh Pro Raleigh International Raleigh Competition
Raleigh Prestige GS Redline MonoCog Schwinn Paramount P-13 (1964) Schwinn Paramount P-13 (1973)
Schwinn Super Sport Alex Singer Touring Jack Taylor Super Tourist Jack Taylor Tandem
Trek 510 Trek 610 Trek Tx700 Trek 710
Windsor Professional Woodrup Giro Touring    

The bikes in chronological order


Falcon Black Diamond

This was my first ten speed back in 1973... a bike boom bike with Simplex Prestige derailleurs, Weinmann brakes, a swaged Sugino Maxi crankset, and a gas pipe frame.  It has since been mutated many times into such things as a winter commuter, an around-the-block bike for my Dad.

It was set to become a City bike, but was pre-emptied by the Trek TX 700 below.

Falcon Cycles Ltd. is still around.

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Proteus Custom

My first "good" bike. Or, what I now call a toy bike. I got it in 1975 or so. It is a typical 70's Campy race bike, but has also lived as a fendered commuter, and as a not-so comfortable tourer with a TA triple. Now it's back to much as it started.

Proteus Designs is long gone, but you can read about them at  Classic Bicycle Rendezvous.

For more details on this bike,  click here

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CurtLo Touring

Back in 1977, two friends decided to start a company to build touring bicycles and I joined them before the torch was lit for the first time. At the time, you couldn't buy what we considered a touring bike. You couldn't buy a bike with cantilever brakes or braze on's for racks and all the frame geometry's were more suited to racing. This is the bike I built for myself. It was practically the only bike I rode between 1977 and 1998. The geometry is very relaxed. It is a very comfortable bike for long distance riding. A few parts have changed over the years, but not much. The only things that clamps on the frame is the front derailleur and the headlight.

Doug Curtiss is still building CurtLo frames.
For more details on this bike, click here.

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Schwinn Super Sport

This is the bike that got me back building bikes. I picked up the frame for cheap in 1998. I thought I could build it up with parts I had laying around and leave it at a friends house in Toronto to use when I visit there. Little did I know that rear wheels were now 130 mm wide and short reach brakes were now normal reach brakes... I ended up buying a lot of new parts. And besides that, the clearances are so tight I couldn't fit fenders on it... what good is a city bike (or any bike for that matter) without fender?

This was also my intro to indexed shifting.

For more details on this bike, click here.

Frameset For Sale

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Koga Miyata Road Gentleman

I got this in 1999. It sounded like an interesting frame. And it built up into a nice bike. I think it has had more rear derailleurs on it than all my other bikes combined! This is probably because I decided to try Mustache handlebars promoted by Grant Peterson at Rivendell bicycles. These bars seem to 'need' bar end shifters. I have always hated bar end shifters. Well, actually, at first I thought they were really Cool. I put some on my Proteus when I first built it up, and they quickly lost their appeal. I switched back to down tube shifters. (Shifting with bar end shifters is kind of like playing guitar with your feet... awkward?) Any ways, I have switched derailleurs many times and even switched to the 1976 vintage DuraAce bar end shifters I had on the Proteus. It has been so unreliable it drove me to try Campy Ergo for my Mariposa.

I'm now using Campy Ergo shifters on this bike with the M-bars. I wondered how they will work with 1/2 step gearing, and they seem to work just fine. Double shifts worked easily with them even on my first ever ride with Ergo.

This has been my main commuting bike. My commute is about a 22 mile round trip, but I've only been riding about 2-4 days per week. Actually, this is usually my most ridden bike. It has been quite reliable with the exception of a few breakdowns on the Ergo shifters.

This is also the first bike I have tried "clipless" pedals on. After reading opinions about various pedals on the iBOB list and other places, I selected Speedplay frogs. I like them a lot. They remind me how much I liked old slotted cleats with toe clips and straps.

For more details on this bike, click here.

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Mariposa

Ordered in December 2001.

Mariposa Bicycles are made by Mike Barry and Tom Hinton at Bicycle Specialties in Toronto, Ontario.

Maybe it was because I was so frustrated with the poor shifting on the Miyata Road Gentleman, maybe I yielded to marketing pressures, or maybe it was Mike Barry's description of Ergo as the best new thing in cycling in twenty years, but I scratched my plans to build this bike with Phil 7 speed freewheel wheels, TA cyclotourist cranks, and DuoPar derailleurs and went to the extreme opposite with a Campy 10 speed triple.

Along with this change the actual gearing changed from a half-step to a more current style gearing. In my experience, half-step, as much as I like it, just isn't usefull with cassettes beyond 7 cogs.

For more details on this bike, click here.

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Koga Miyata Prologue

Just ordered the frame on 1-Oct-02. Just couldn't refuse the price that Encore Sports was selling it for.

I set it up as a fixie bike. I'm going to use mostly parts I have lying around (yeah, I've heard that before). But it really was parts I had around save the rear hub and the spokes.

This was replaced as my fixed gear bike by the Trek 610 shown below

For more details on this bike, click here.

Frameset For Sale

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Koga Miyata Fore Runner

Just ordered the frame on 10-Dec-02. Again, a great price from Encore Sports.

This is my winter bike. I never could quite get myself to complete the rebuild of my old Falcon into a winter bike (maybe another fixie). Shimano Nexus 7 speed rear and Nexus generator front.

I had to make some parts to get the Nexus 7 speed to work with vertical dropouts. They have been fairly successful, but have given me some trouble. I really need a bike with horizontal dropouts.

For more details on this bike, click here.

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1984 Trek 610

An ebay purchase. The plan is to pull parts off the Miyata Prologue fixed gear bike and rebuild it on this frame. The advantage being this frame has eyelets and clearance for fenders. Ahhh, a more useful bike.

Very nice ride.

For more details on this bike, click here.

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Litespeed Appalachian

On a whim I got this on ebay. It's what Litespeed sold as both their cyclocross bike and their touring bike. Those seem like the have very different requirements.

Rationalizations:

  • Don't see Ti frames in my size often
  • Newer ones have integrated headsets
  • Cheaper than jut the frame for a new one
  • It's titanium

    Plans here are for non-ordinary Ti bike. Fenders, wide range half-step gearing, and maybe a generator hub are good possibilities.

    It has gone through more evolution than any other bike I have. The first build was mostly an experiment in gearing. It had a half-step geared 9 speed cassette. I wasn't happy with it. It looks like half-step ends with 7 speeds for me.

    The second build found it reborn as a commuter bike. I swapped the fork to make fender and light mounting easier. I liked this build, but I wasn't done yet.

    On the third build it remained a commuting bike. I swapped the fork again, this time increasing the trail and changing the front end geometry quite a bit. I'll add more here later as I decide if I like it. Many other parts were changed as well.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Trek 710

    Not sure why I got this one. But it's a nice bike with nice components on it.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Holdsworth Special?

    Again, not sure why. But when I finally saved up enough to buy a nice bike back in 1975 there were two bikes I wanted. A Holdsworth Pro or a Falcon San Remo. My local high end dealer was out of anything in my size so I ended up ordering my Proteus. So I guess this is sort of fulfilling an old dream.

    There's a lot of great Holdsworth information on the web. As best I can determine so far, it is about a 1982 Holdsworth Special. But most of the components on it are early 70's Campy NR, so maybe it's older than I think.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1968 Atala

    This is an ebay gamble. An unpainted 1968 Atala of unknown model. It's probably one of the better ones judging by all the chrome.

    It has been painted, but I haven't applied the decals yet. I think I have most of the parts required to build it almost as new.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    Frameset For Sale

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    1977 Trek Tx 700

    This is another ebay gamble. This had some disappointments. A chainring was badly bent in shipping, the stem was well stuck in the steerer, the tension bolt on the badly sagged saddle was broken, and lots of other little things wrong.

    On the bright side, I did learn how to repair Brooks saddles. It's original saddle can be seen on the Holdsworth above.

    Still, it is a good solid frame. I built it up as a city bike. I even rode it on a new years day populare with the Randonneurs Ontario.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Koga Miyata Valley Runner

    For some reason, unknown to me, I decided to build a mountain bike. I think it has something to do with trips to the Canadian Rockies. It really looked like it would be great to ride in the mountains. Unfortunately, there are no mountains in Ohio. There aren't even very many places where you are allowed to ride a mountain bike.... but I still got it.

    Since I like the ride of the Fore Runner above, I got this Valley Runner in a smaller size and have started collecting parts.

    The photo here isn't actually the frame I had. What I had was one size smaller. When I was going to begin assembly I measured things and decided it was really too small for me, so I passed it on to another iBOB who has since passed it on again.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    Sold

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    1996 Cinelli Super Corsa

    December 2004 and it seemed like a good idea at the time. The ebay title said "CINELLI road bike w/ Campagnolo Delta brakes - 62cm" but after the auction started the seller sold the Delta brakes out from under the auction and replaced them "with some nice low cost DiaCompe center pulls from a Nishiki or Centurion."

    I didn't really want delta brakes anyways.

    The other problem with the bike is that it didn't have the original fork. Mike Barry at Bicycle Specialties in Toronto, Ontario got me a real Cinelli fork and painted it to match my frame.

    I now, two years later, have all the parts to build this up properly. All I need to do is build the wheels.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Nashbar Toure'

    Starting the quest for a commute bike that will take bigger tires. I also wanted to convert myself over to "modern" crossover gearing. This bike is my first try. It didn't work out all that well, but I put quite a few commute miles on it anyway.

    This frame looked like it could handle at least 35 mm tires, but it doesn't. I tried 39 mm tires and they touched the brake bridge. 35 mm tires cleared the bridge but the only brakes I had (Nashbar/Tektro long reach dual pivots) wouldn't go around them. Finally 32 mm tires fit, but just barely, leaving room for a close fitting fender.

    The brakes were even a problem with the rims. They don't open wide enough for a 24 mm Vuelta Typhoon rims at least with the stock pads. I put in some threaded V brake pads with all the spacers on the outside. It just fit. Most of the problems were the brakes, not the frame, but I was pushing everything to the limits.

    The rest of my setup wasn't optimum either. The stem I used was too short for use with mountain bars, so the bike is a bit cramped. The fizik saddle made the color scheme for the bike, but of course, it wasn't comfortable. It was replaced with a Brooks Pro as soon as I had repaired a sagged old one.

    Really a nice frame; a nicely made Japanese lugged frame made by Maruish. I enjoyed the ride, the fat tires, and the gearing. It just wasn't what I wanted.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    Frameset For Sale

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    Litespeed Ultimate

    Another "good deal" bike from ebay. It's set up with a mix of Campy parts with carbon fiber and titanium bits.

    It seems that bikes without fenders and lights just don't get ridden much. I haven't ridden this one enough to decide if it was worth the time to build up.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Chrome Raleigh Prestige GS

    This is another ebay impulse buy. I placed a very low bid and somehow "won" the bike. Must have been a good deal. I had offers to buy it before I even had it in my hands.

    I believe it is a 1983 Raleigh Prestige GS, but I could be wrong. It seems to match the bike in the 1983 Raleigh Catalog , but that's the only thing I have to go on. The catalog pictures it all chrome, but list it as painted. If it is a Prestige GS, it is made of Full Chrome Moly Double Butted tubing.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    Frameset or maybe the Entire Bike For Sale

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    Cannondale T700 Touring Bike

    Continuing the quest for a big tire commuter.

    Another ebay bike I didn't expect to "win". Must have been a good deal too. Once again, I had offers to buy it before I even had it in my hands.

    I built this up on New Years Day 2006 and rode it to work on the 2nd.

    I was really disappointed that it couldn't fit anything bigger than a 32 mm tire with a fender on the back. There seems to be a trend here.

    I rode it nearly every day till mid April.

    After that, I took it apart and it's waiting to be reborn or be passed on.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    Frameset For Sale

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    1971 Raleigh Pro

    Another nostalga bike. I used to work on a friends 1969 Raleigh Pro. It was the same color and size as this one. A rough riding bike, but nice to look at.

    Well, this one isn't so nice to look at. The paint job is in bad shape and the decals are fraided. It's still awaiting restoration.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Dave Moulton Recherche

    I also picked up a Recherche by Dave Moulton.

    It's a really nice bike, it has seen a lot of miles and really needs a new paint job.

    Frameset Possibly For Sale

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    Falcon San Remo

    Well, I finally got my Falcon. Not sure was model it really is, but it's close enough. I can see the Reynolds stamp in the steerer tube.

    This photo isn't my bike, but what I hope it will look like in the near future.

    It was a complete bike, but in very rough shape when I got it. The components are OK, but the bike looked really bad because of a really BAD repaint someone had done on it.

    I'm not sure what parts it came with were original, but the Campy headset, seatpost, and hubs probably are. Maybe even the Sugino crank is and probably the bars and stem.

    Restoration is in progress.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Ross Signature Tom Kellogg

    A beautifully made frame and a nice ride. It's the relaxed geometry 'sport' version of the Signature frame. It came set up with a mix of High end Shimano touring parts and a Brooks Pro saddle.

    I may rebuild it with different components that suit me better. Friends are trying to convince me to build it up with Campy Super Record. That would be nice, but I think I would ride it more if it stayed more of a touring bike setup

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Modified 1978 Trek 510

    This is another nice old Trek that has been modified to be more of a touring bike with the addition of cantilever brakes, water bottles, and rack mounts. It was all done nicely with a nice repaint afterward.

    It may become a backup commuter.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    Possibly For Sale

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    1972 Windsor Professional

    This bike came to me looking a bit rough, but not as bad as the ebay pictures made it look. It is cleaning up nicely.

    It has almost all the original parts save the saddle and the rims. It looks like the wheels were rebuilt at the point of sale. The rims are branded by the shop that sold the bike. And a friend has supplied me with a Unicanitor 'Hecho en Mexico' saddle.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    2006 Redline MonoCog

    This is intended to be built up with the parts from my Miyata Fore Runner and become my new winter bike. This will enable me to build the Fore Runner up the mountain bike I intended to build on the Valley Runner into.

    Nice paint job. Nice color. Haven't built it up yet.

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    1979 Jack Taylor Touring Tandem

    The front end fits me! We thought the stoker's seat would fit Peggy, but now I'm not too sure. I had a little scare with a possible crack in the top tube, so I never assembled the bike. I need to assemble it now.

    I'm planning on building new wheels for this bike. I'd like to convert it to 700C wheels to take advantage of the selection of tires available in that more common size. I have Phil hubs and some nice rims. All I need to do is buy a bunch of spokes.

    I'll also replace the Phil disk with a drum brake.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1973 Jack Taylor Super Tourist

    Needs a few changes to fit me acceptably. It's really a bit small at 63 cm. The Simplex seatpost is not quite long enough to fit me and the toe clips are too short. So a few minor adjustments and it should be good to go.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1977 Alex Singer Touring

    May be too nice to ride, but that would be a sin. It was supposed to be a MINT condition 1977 bike. It won a first place at Larz Anderson for unrestored French bikes and at another show. It was assembled by Spence Wolf in 1978.

    An unusual, mostly Italian, build. Campagnolo headset, hubs, and derailleurs; Cinelli bars on a singer stem; and TA crank and pedals; and Mafac brakes.

    This bike used to belong to Mark Petry. It looks like it has gone thru a few changes over the years. Since it's not really all original, I won't feel too bad if I change components some. Mark tells me it is the same bike pictured on the Classic Rendezvous Alex Singer page. The interesting thing is that the bike is listed as a 1972 there.

    The front fender was damaged in shipping to me and repaired by Bicycle Specialties in Toronto, Ontario.

    I'm somewhat torn on this bike. I would really like to convert it from the Spence Wolf Campagnolo bike it once was, to a "French" bike. Mark changed the Campy cranks, and probably the pedals, over to TA cranks. The next steps might be...

  • 700C wheels with MaxiCar hubs
  • Longer reach Mafac brakes to work with the 700C wheels
  • Simplex or Huret derailers
  • Simplex seatpost
  • French handle bars
  • I might also like to change...
  • Longer crank arms; I like 180 mm arms.
  • Move the tail light
  • I have not been able to get myself to do this, even though I have all of the parts required for the change.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1972 Frejus Professional

    It has an somewhat messy repaint that was badly damaged in shipment, but I would have wanted to repaint it anyways. It was originally a red metallic paint with a white head tube and panels on the seat tube.

    I was told it had a Reynolds 531 butted main tubes decal and that the forks and stays were Columbus.

    It had been converted for touring use by the addition of a Pleicher rear carrier and the substitution of a 42 tooth ring for the 45 tooth, a Campy 1st generation Rally derailleur replaced the NR one, and the wheels were rebuilt from tubulars to 27 inch clinchers.

    It was originally red with white panels, but I think I will repaint it like this.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    Frameset Possibly For Sale

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    2007 Dahon Speed 7

    The first bike I've purchased NEW at shop since 1973!

    I was intending to buy a Boardwalk S1, but they didn't have one, so... It's a really nice ride.

    Completely stock and very usefull.

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    1974 Raleigh International

    Not quite all original. The brakes, bars, and stem have been replaces, as well as the wheels were converted from tubulars to 27" clinchers.

    The largest frame size the International came in was 24 1/2". That's a bit small for me, but the bike rides very nicely. As the 1976 catalog said "The frame has a longer wheelbase than the Professional for a softer more resilient ride."

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1986 Woodrup Giro Touring

    I got this as a frame only, and in need of at least some touch up, if not a repaint. I guess I usually buy project bikes because they cost less than nice ones like the Singer above.

    The geometry looks like it should be a really nice British ride, and one of the better fits of the non custom bikes I have. Lets see if I can touch up the paint and get it on the road before the next decade.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1979 Colnogo Super

    OK, just one more bike...
    Late vintage classic Italian. According to a Colnago timeline presented on the Classic Rendezvous mailing list,

    1979 - Thanks to brazing monkeys, Colnagos are now available via bi cycle shops, catalogs, tractor supply stores, Ace hardware, and select 7-Elevens.

    So you can see this is a valuable vintage.

    I complied my own table to help in dating Colnago frames from information gleaned from the Classic Rendezvous mailing list.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1978 Cinelli Super Corsa

    A 1978 Transition Era Cinelli Super Corsa.

    This was probably a really nice when it was new. It has defiantly seen some miles. But in 1990, it has had a few braze on's added and been repainted. The owner didn't cheap out on the modifications. He had Joe Bell do the paint. Unfortunately, they also gave it the new look by replacing the old style decals, that it likely had, with new Cinelli logo decals. Along with the decal change, the color was changed from silver to blue.

    The bike has braze on's for shift levers, water bottle, and top tube and bottom bracket cable guides. These may be original. I've seen other '76 - '78 Cinelli' with some or all of these braze on's.

    The bicycle also has braze on's for mounting a rear rack; consisting of eyelets on each rear dropout and above the brake bridge; and for a generator on the front wheel. My guess is that these were added before the frame was repainted.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1971 Raleigh Competition

    The serial number on the bike begins with the letter F, which according to Sheldon Brown's Retro Raleigh Page should be a 1971 (give or take a year).

    But wait! If you look through old Raleigh catalogs you notice Raleigh made a Competition model in 1969 , and then made a Competition Mk II in 1973 , but the catalogs don't list any Competition models between those two.

    Another unusual thing about this bike is the color. Most of the frame is a lavender color with blue panels. It appears to the the original paint. I've only heard of one other Competition in this color scheme.

    The components are about the same as pictured in the 1969 Raleigh catalog.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Motobecane Grand Jubille

    What's with the white Stronglight crank. It's unlikely it's original. I will change it to a 49 or a 93 like it should have.
    The seat and seatpost are probably not original either, but I don't know.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    Schwinn Paramount P-13

    A 1973 Schwinn Paramount P-13

    They stopped offering the all Chrome bike in 1972 and replaced it with the silver painted one in 1973.

    A few non original parts; the saddle, brakes, and rims; and the paint needs touch up.. I haven't decided what I'll put back to stock, but at least the saddle and brakes. I'll have to look for some rims.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

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    1973 Colnago Super

    I guess this is the show bike. It's a 1973 Colnago Super. It was originally blue, but was repainted red in 1978. At that time the rear derailer was swapped for a Super Record and the crank was swapped for a Mexico version crank with longer arms.

    It has just about everything pantographed that it could.

    The only non-original parts are the crank and the rear derailleur. Both were changed when the frame was repainted. The original pantographed crank was replaced with a "Mexico" crank with longer arms and the Nuovo Record rear derailleur was replaced with a first generation Super Record.

    For more details on this bike, click here.

    I complied my own table to help in dating Colnago frames from information gleaned from the Classic Rendezvous mailing list.


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    1964 Schwinn Paramount P-13

    I'm really stepping into the unknown here. This was made before I got into bicycles, so I didn't really have experience with this vintage of bikes. I have learned a bit in the restoration process.

    The correct bars, stem, rear derailleur, and a few other small parts have been acquired.

    Cleanup and new decals are next. I haven't decided how far to go with the restoration. This is always a problem. I have no issue with replacing the missing decals with the correct ones. The bike would have had a bit of pin striping and lug outlining. There are fragments of the lug outlining still there. So what do I do, redo all of the lining or preserve the artifacts? It's really a philosophical question.

    For more details on this bike, click here.


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    Holdsworth Fast-Back Super Mistral

    When I bought this bike, it was described as a converted cyclocross bike. It had previously been used for cyclocross by an "eminent owner/rider". The shop (Odyessy in Sausalito, Calif) that built it up for him in 1979 thought he should go with the Campy brakes and cut off the brazed on hanger for the rear brake :-(

    The only decal on the bike when it was purchased in 1979 was the Reynolds decal.

    As far as I can tell, it is the Fast-Back version of the Holdsworth Super Mistral. These were made from 1968 till 1974 and again in 1977 with no chrome.
    The only thing that does not fit the specs for it that it should have diamond reinforcements on the brake bridge.
    Except for the 1977 version, the Super Mistrals had a full chrome fork and chrome on the rear stays. I can find no mention anywhere in the catalogs on Norman Kilgariff's Holdsworth web pages about full chrome ever being an option. So this must have been a custom bike.

    For more details on this bike, click here.


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