Henry's Winter Road Bike 2014 6

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    I have nicer bikes but on this one I spend many a winter hour. The steel frame is 40+ years old and of unkown origin. I bought it as part of a complete bike for 200 guilder at a Groningen thrift shop. A friend added the brazed-on fittings.

    The parts are a handy collection of more recent origins, all chosen for comfortable winter training in northern Europe and/or because I just had them hanging around.

    I see it as a logical choice for the job but my teammates find my ancient bike rather curious.


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    1. stevenbrandist 62 months ago | reply

      There is something nice about riding old bicycles or pre-purposing old stuff. Steel frames seem to go on forever. My oldest bicycle is a 1963 Moulton - can't help but smile when I'm out and about on it.

      Oh look, you've got a Moulton F frame on the wall in the background!
      If you could post a photo of it that would be great.

    2. @WorkCycles 62 months ago | reply

      Absolutely, most of my bikes are repurposed in some fashion: A hot rod 1960's folder, a TT bike around an old frame, my wife's 650B tourer, my touring bike with two child seats...

      I'll have to take some photos of my Moulton. It's a 1961 Deluxe in quite nice condition. I bought it five years ago, rode it once and hung it on the wall with a vague plan to restore it some day.

    3. sprocket316 62 months ago | reply

      My winter bike is also of unknown origin, but does the job admirably, the Campag 9 speed is getting a bit tired (just like me), the lightweight mudguards need adjusting from time to time, but the elderly Titanium frame is....my flexible friend :-)

    4. @WorkCycles 62 months ago | reply

      An "elderly titanium frame" somehow sounds funny.

    5. sprocket316 62 months ago | reply

      I say elderly....elderly compared to todays carbon stuff !

    6. @WorkCycles 62 months ago | reply

      It only struck me as funny until I thought about it. In 1989 I worked for Fat City Cycles. Across the way several Fat colleagues had begun Merlin Metalworks a couple years earlier. So yes, there are actually lots of 20-25 year old titanium frames out there. There are also a few older Speedwells and Teledynes, but not many.

    7. sprocket316 62 months ago | reply

      Ha ha, I thought mine was a Speedwell at first, but now I think not, the only marking I can find on it is....83 SEIPI XXX on the BB....so maybe it's an 83 model i.e. 31 years old ?

    8. @WorkCycles 62 months ago | reply

      Until the late 80's titanium frames were very rare. There was Teledyne in the US, Speedwell in the UK and a German builder I'm not familiar with. All were very limited in production and the frames weren't really very good since they were made if rather weak pure Ti.

      Then in the late 80's Merlin and Litespeed started building considerable numbers of frames from the 3Al/2.5V alloy, and soon many others began doing the same. Ti bikes also began coming from Russia and then later Taiwan as well.

      So the 83 might not be a date code.

    9. sprocket316 62 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the details, I must confess that I haven't really got the foggiest idea who made it. The only information I have is that it was acquired along with another one (since stolen) from an Italian racing team many years ago.

    10. @WorkCycles 62 months ago | reply

      Cool. That's definitely not a Speedwell, nor is it a Teledyne, Merlin, Litespeed or anything else I'm familiar with. It has details typical of an early-mid 80's frame: horizontal rear fork ends and three guide for brake cable housing on the toptube for example. The Ti fork is also unusual.

      I've no idea what it is but it looks perfect for winter training!

    11. @WorkCycles 62 months ago | reply

      I'm fairly sure I've solved the riddle: It's a Russian made frame, same company that makes the bikes called Kocmo now. A small defense contractor specializing in Ti build bikes for Colnago amongst many other firms in the 1990's. The Russian-Italian connection would explain some of the rather old fashioned details.

      Check out the fork crown on this much later Kocmo Aero frame. Look vaguely familiar considering how rare Ti forks with cast crowns are?

      Kocmo Aero titanium frame

    12. sprocket316 62 months ago | reply

      That's the most informative comments I've had in two years, many thanks for that. People often ask what it is and where it came from....at least I can say something now !
      Meanwhile, my tatty but original Reynolds 531ST British Eagle Touristique awaits restoration in readiness for sunnier times, when the lanes of Englands beautiful countryside are clean and green and echo to the sound of tweeting birds etc etc.

    13. sprocket316 62 months ago | reply

      Just found the "weightweenies.starbike.com" website and it pretty much says what you said, plus....two Russian blokes knocking out titanium frames for Colnago !

    14. @WorkCycles 62 months ago | reply

      Happy to help, especially when I get to learn something new too. Now you've a good story about your bike.

    15. sprocket316 62 months ago | reply

      Yes exactly. Once again....many thanks.

    16. AndrewWolfenden 14 months ago | reply

      This is a beautiful winter bike. So much beauty in usage.

      Did it come with the cantilever bosses? Its an unusual find.

    17. @WorkCycles 14 months ago | reply

      No, it's actually a late 60's or early 70's road race frame, and almost all the fittings including the cantilever bosses were added later. Probably not long after I posted this photo I learned that it's a Rih, probably the most decorated Dutch frame builder. The bike also looks totally different now, though it's still my winter/rain/tour/rando bike.

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