[CR] Specialized Allez in American Flyer

(Example: Framebuilders:Tony Beek)

Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 09:02:51 -0800
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <66DE00E1-F4AD-4B13-9328-D76796AF1ADC@gmail.com>
Subject: [CR] Specialized Allez in American Flyer

We had a recent thread discussing the classic or at least KOF lugged steel Specialized Allez frame, some of which were built by Yoshi Konno of 3Rensho, others by Miyata, with some suggestion a few might have been built by American custom builders.

Last night, I was surprised to see American Flyer on cable TV, and watched it, for the first time in several years. I had forgotten that the stars of this piece rode all-red Specialized Allez, lugged steel. Anyone know whether these were Konno-made, Miyata-made or something else? Is anyone aware of the actual bikes used in this film being on display somewhere? For that matter, anyone know what became of the CA Masi from Breaking Away? Was more than one Masi used in that film?

I believe this film was made in 1982 which would make the bikes in it actually On Topic. The reason I say that is that much of the film used footage from the Coors Classic and I know that filming for some movie was being done at the 1982 Coors Classic, which I attended.

BTW, the one thing the film was a bit weak on was sense of color, as most of the bikes in the film were red. Kevin Costner and his co-star were in Shaver Sport kit on red Allez, the chief rival and his 7-11 teammates were on red Murrays, and the Soviet team were on red Colnagos. However, this may be accurate, as I know both 7-11 and the Soviets were indeed in the 1982 Coors classic, quite probably on those bikes, and while I don't specifically remember whether Shaver Sport was in that race, they well may have been and may have been on red Allez.


Jerry Moos
Big Spring, Texas, USA