ALAN Appreciation Society

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ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:18 pm

whaddaya got? post 'em up!
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Re: Alan Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:20 pm

Onya Munga - great thread idea.

My ALAN is one of my favourite riding bikes. I just love it. 1983 vintage with a Campy Super Record gruppo.

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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby funnybike » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:02 pm

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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby Saro28 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:25 pm



So now we need a Steve App' thread :lol:
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby frog » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:45 pm

All of Gary F's bikes are my favourite bikes
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:29 pm

frog wrote:All of Gary F's bikes are my favourite bikes

Thanks frog. It's the result of many years of collecting and refining. I commuted on this ALAN for about a year and I enjoyed every minute of it and It hasn't changed much since that time. All the components remain the same except the seat post. I changed to a Nuovo Record post due to its greater strength.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Wed May 22, 2013 1:24 pm

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ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby Dan » Wed May 22, 2013 2:18 pm

frog wrote:All of Gary F's bikes are my favourite bikes


Times 2356. P.S. I've seen Munga's Alan - one of the nicest builds I've seen in a long time.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby jacob_T » Wed May 22, 2013 2:50 pm

Yeah, I've seen munga's Alan too. That bar tape is a work of art!
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Wed May 22, 2013 3:31 pm

yeah, looking at the pics, i prolly should have washed it.
thanks for the compliments guys - it pretty much builds itself when you start with nice clean components.
if i could change out the frame for a 2cm larger one, i'd be a happy camper.
it just rides so nicely. i was no-hands-ma at 60+ km/hr and it's just so stable.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby Velo13 » Wed May 22, 2013 5:04 pm

Original Rovals as well. Nice.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Wed May 22, 2013 5:40 pm

cheers, mr velo. they're such nice wheels. both of them spin for a very long time, and before they do stop, they rock back and forth looking for the lightest part of the wheel. quality hubs, and i had second thoughts about selling them.
it's missing the crankbolt dustcaps, and the dropouts could do with a polish, so let's say it's 95% complete.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby DavidI » Thu May 23, 2013 2:22 pm

munga wrote:......it's missing the crankbolt dustcaps......

Back in the day, NO ONE kept the crank bolt dust caps... so it looks about right as it is :D
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Thu May 23, 2013 4:41 pm

true, true. bear in mind that the bike was built to be ridden and you can forgive such blemishes as the missing caps, rust on the caliper qr bolts, the rusty stem bolt head, the unpolished lugs, the 6402 lockring on the 7400 bottom bracket etc.
i'm sure someone more pedantic could bring out the details a bit more than i have. the rear derailleur was a genuine 30sec rub with the autosol cloth while it was on the bike. you can see the grease on the chain. there's brake dust around the calipers, dirt on the dt. it's nice but it's no show pony. anyone want to swap frames? :|
i will certainly buy another one day.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Fri May 31, 2013 1:14 am

Such an eye catching ALAN Munga - simply fantastic.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Fri May 31, 2013 6:57 am

Thankyou, Mr Fountain :)
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:47 pm

Here's a new one for those who are keen.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/281116413168 ... 26_rdc%3D1
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:05 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Here's a new one for those who are keen.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/281116413168 ... 26_rdc%3D1


It looks like an old one Scott. My guess is that it's a 70's version. I understand the early ones had issues with bonding but at that price it must be an attractive proposition. Postage is a bit 'jaw dropping' though.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:27 pm

I was only going off the auction title. I guess any aluminum frame that's 30 years old is going to have some oxidisation. Shipping is cheaper than what it would cost ship from Australia to there.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:34 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Shipping is cheaper than what it would cost ship from Australia to there.


Wow, I didn't know that! I wish I was in the postal business.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby Dezza » Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:26 pm

I know this is an ALAN thread but here's my 2/100 of one dollar.

I recently bought what was advertised on fleabay as a Vitus 979. Pics showed what I thought were bizarre Peugeot badges stuck on some time in it's life but clearly the frame & forks were same as Vitus 979 Duralinox . 3 minutes googling after taking delivery I verified it as a Peugeot PX10DU, apparently sold only in 1982/3.

Looking at this old 2011 listing with some great pix of a pristine PX10DU http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rennrad-Peugeot-Vitus-979-/220812157358?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT isn't my bike but it's pretty close, certainly the alu frame colour seems to have been exclusive to Peugeot. Mine has a mishmash of parts (Simplex rear mech, Modolo Speedy brakes/levers, Zeus hubs, etc) and I'm in two minds what to do with it right now.

So beyond that little tale, here's your chance to tell me what the heck the diff is between an ALAN, a Vitus 979 and my new Pug, let alone what I could do with it.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:48 pm

alan's italian.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:48 pm

Alan's are much better because you don't get cute animals going around saying Peugeot or Vitus

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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby Dezza » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:54 pm

munga wrote:alan's italian.


Quelle horreur! Je m'excuse.

Thanks Munga, your ALAN is a shining magnificence.
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Re: ALAN Appreciation Society

Postby GaryF » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:00 am

I swapped the wheels around on a couple of bikes and ended up with these Mavic Heliums on my ALAN. What do you think?

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