Chris, you haven't been paying attention to the CR website - Ernie Clement is of course the chap whose picture appears on the front page of the site, kissing the glamourous actress. As noted, he later became Managing Director of Falcon Cycles. Many Falcon headbadges/decals of his era as MD say "Designed by Ernie Clement". Don't know if his family was originally from Italy and Clementi was thus the original spelling, or if the added "i" on your decal is just a bit whimsical, perhaps intended to give the bike an Italian aire. The San Remo reference might imply that old Ernie once won Milan - San Remo. Anyone know if this is true? I wasn't aware of any British rider ever having won at San Remo, perhaps he just owned a villa there :-)
Jerry "Often eat at Italian restaurants" Moosi
Chris Beyer wrote:
> Good Morning:
> I stumbled across another bike over the weekend which I felt compelled
> to add to the pile in the basement. It's an early-'70s Falcon Special,
> 531, chrome fork, chrome 1/2 stays, Campagnolo dropouts, and little
> decals on either chainstay which read "Designed by Ernie Clementi San
> Remo". It came with a NR 26.0 seatpost, which was a vey loose fit;
> playing around with various seatposts seems to indicate that a 26.6 is
> more like it.
> Can any of you help with details about Falcon, Ernie Clementi, and what
> permutation of 531 this might be?
> Chris Beyer
> T00-Chilly-Too-Soon in Bloomfield, NJ