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My retro is a bike again!

Postby cludence » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:57 am

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.


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Postby GaryF » Wed Sep 26, 2007 1:39 pm

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).
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Postby europa » Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:15 pm

It looks lovely Karen. Don't foget to give us some ride reports on her :D

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Postby silverlight » Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:11 pm

WOW that looks heaps nice,
Well done on bringing the bike to life :D
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Postby mikesbytes » Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:59 pm

Nice bike Karen

What wheels did you manage to score?
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Postby LuckyPierre » Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:48 pm

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.
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Postby Mulger bill » Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:51 pm

Beautiful work Karen, she's come up a treat.

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Postby cludence » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:11 pm

Hi Mike,

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!

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Postby Kid_Carbine » Thu Sep 27, 2007 5:44 am

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. ;-)
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Postby GaryF » Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:40 pm

Hi Karen,

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.

Here's mine:


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