Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
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Sometime ago I posted a pic of an Alan frame which I had picked up from a roadside cleanup. (Too lazy to find the link to previous post.) I now have it cleaned and back together. It is a stunning bike. I have yet to take it for a ride as it is part of a display at the moment but as soon as it is home again I am heading out on it. I can pretend to be a bike snob with this one since it is covered in Campag components. -Something my other bikes do not have.
Karen, I hope I'm the first to congratulate you on the 're-birthing' of YOUR ALAN.
It looks great!!! I bet you love its ride qualities.
The annodised blue colour looks spectacular but I bet you are in two minds as to whether to put decals on it or not (available on ebay).
As for being a bike snob - I could never think of you as a snob of any kind - you're too helpful and interested in all things 'biking' (but secretly, it is nice to have an Italian thoroughbred).
The girlie bike says that 'Alan' is gorgeous!
I rode with a carbon tubed Alan on the weekend - it was pretty cute too, but I think that the blue looks better.
Litespeed Classic - 3Al/2.5V titanium tube set, Record 9-speed groupset, Open Corsa Evo CX
Alchemy Diablo - Columbus Zonal tubing, Ultegra 9-speed groupset, UltraGatorskins
Gitane Rocks T1 - U6 tubing, Deore/XT groupset, CrossMarks
The wheels are on loan from Jim (camag hubs, singles) Time did not permit me chasing up hubs and rims in time for the display. After next week I will sort out a pair of my own then take it for a spin.
It is a stunning colour and makes it very striking. How anyone could have thrown it out is beyond me but also lucky for me that they did!
I saw this bike at the Camden display last Sunday & it has truly come up well.
It is all Campag Record & Super record equiped.
A close look at the pictures will show that the pedals have been changed to the correct Campag items too.
Full marks for the effort in polishing as I know first hand just how much effort it must have been.
That's a nice, well posed picture too, must have been somene with an artistic eye for bicycles.
Carbine & SJH cycles, & Quicksilver BMX
Now that's AUSTRALIAN to the core.
I can't remember if I have shown you my ALAN - it's very similar to yours except it's black annodised. It's got Campy super record stuff as well.
I think the black just doesn't compare with the blue.
I am still waiting to hear what you think of your ALAN's ride qualities.
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