Dear list members, I picked up a 70's vintage Viscount with 27" Nisi Evian rims......I read through 16 pages (over 400 posts) in THE ARCHIVES,concerning the LAMBERT-Viscount saga. It was a little bit of a walk back in time, some of the list members whose "archival posts" I read are no longer with us (Mike Richardson, Chris Beyer, and Dave Staub). Time has really flown but the CR list has been a great pastime for me over the last several years. Thanks Dale for providing this forum, and to the folk(s) who archive all this information and facts.
Anyways if anyone has any information on the Evian clincher rims (the label says "light alloy" and NISI Evian) that came on my newly acquired Viscount I would appreciate it. Are these the original rims for the Viscount bicycle? The 27" rims are laced to Viscount high flange hubs I did find that Curtis at Via Cycles has NOS Evian tubular rims for sale at "BIKEVILLE.COM".He states on his website the tubulars are from the 50's and 60's. The Viscount bicycle seems to have evolved from LAMBERT around 1972 to 1973. The Viscount bicycle I have seems fairly original with the small cage Shimano CRANE rear derailleur and the Shimano Titlist front derailleur ( which came out around 1972/1973 if I'm not mistaken) Viscount center pull brakes, a LAMBERT crankset.The original leather saddle is missing. The frame is the fillet style frame with the aluminum fork, mated to a steel steerer (THANKS KEN TODA for the informative photos of the "INFAMOUS DEATH" fork in the CR LAMBERT -VISCOUNT section of Great Britain).
The bicycle weighs in at 23 lbs. according to my bathroom scales. Not bad for a real budget bicycle of the time with clincher rims and tires.
Marty Walsh in Vienna,Virginia