[CR]Possible MKM/Kitching frame - any experts out there?

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From: "James C. Chaney" <jchaney@thechaneyfirm.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 08:57:56 -0800
Subject: [CR]Possible MKM/Kitching frame - any experts out there?

Hey folks; I'm a noob at this forum. I just picked up an intriguing bike which I've decided to restore to something like its former glory, and I'd like some ID help.

It's been stripped and repainted (and then let go to rust, but that's another story for another day) so there are no identifying marks other than the number "8648" stamped into the bottom bracket shell.

It's VERY light (the bike, as it sits, is just a few ounces over 20 pounds), and only has braze-ons for a rear derailleur, telling my uneducated brain that it may have been a time trial machine back in the day. There are skimpy top tube braze-ons for the rear brake cable, which I've never seen before, most bikes of this era opting instead for removable cable clips. And, the reason I suspect this is an MKM is that it has simple, long-point lugs, really cool wrapover seatstays, and three-pointed crown forks which match photos of the MKM machines on Classic Rendezvous PERFECTLY.

The components may or may not be a clue. Rear spacing is 120mm.The rear derailleur is a Patent 72 Nuovo Record; there is no front derailleur, and the crankset is pre-1973 Campy Pista 165, mounting a single 52 no-name chainring. Pedals are Suntour Superbe, which may or may not be original. Headset is Campy. The wheelset has Campy high flange hubs laced to Mavic MA-40 rims, and a 14-16-18-20-22 Maillard freewheel. There's a single Campy bar-end shifter, which I'm guessing is original equipment based on the braze-on configuration.


James C. Chaney

The Chaney Firm LLC



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