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I must confess, not today - but wrenching and riding limit posting time. This and a couple to follow are within the last week.
English Falcon. Long standing, still in bike building business.
Description? = Red, unusual decaling, lugged steel (531c), a mix of components (Campa, Modolo, Cinelli, Benotto, Nervar 52/42, tubulars, 6 speed 14/28).
59X57 and sprinty but stable.
Up to the trailhead, down the big hill for 3km of brake check, ride the flats, climb home to check the drivetrain in small ring/large cog combo under load and low cadence. 😅
A short ride of 10 miles on a rebuild of a bike I like. ‘82 Holdsworth Special manufacture, but sold under contract to an Irish company (Harding) that exported some to USA, mostly the Los Angeles area.
The rebuild included new narrow, narrow bars that flare to th drops, brake levers, rear der, crankset, chain…
Here is the 1959 Rickert (posted in Lightweights) on the road. Mixed build, mostly 'close to Era apropo'. Campa Gran Sport derailleurs/shifters, but with 46/30 chainrings for riding gravel in hilly terrain. Universal brakes, Galli levers, Ambrosio stem, 3t bars w/ Newbaums cloth.. 27mm Veloflex tubulars in pic, but 32mm also fit. The bars have yet to be shellac’d - if you don’t, yellow doesn’t last long on gravel roads & trails. I need to shorten the chain. It clearly has been re-decaled with later decade design, so 99.9% it is a repaint. Unfortunately, the true history is unknown to me, except it had a S. California life for a while, not sure if imported or brought from Germany as personal property. Excellent condition. The repaint with black lug embellishment is tasteful enough and a quality job, even if a bit thick.