Re: [CR] Aluminum and life of a frame


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From: Fred Blasdel <blasdelf@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 18:24:38 -0800
To: M-gineering <info@m-gineering.nl>
Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR] Aluminum and life of a frame


On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:14 PM, M-gineering <info@m-gineering.nl> wrote:
>
> according to the list rules:
> "the CR focus is on the beginning of the twentieth century to 1983"
> That encompasses quite a few aluminium frames!

Most certainly! I used to own an on-topic Vitus, and now have a thoroughly on-topic 1980 Alan Super Record that I am purging of its few non-euro parts (anyone want a Dura Ace 7400 crankset, Italian-threaded BB, or freewheel?).

If you go back to before the lightweight road bikes that are the main focus of the list, there were a bunch of pre-war and midcentury aluminum frames being built in France: the Herse demountables, Nicola Barra's Barralumins, Caminade Caminargents, Gnome Rhone, and more. Around the same time in America, Monark was making their Silver King cruisers.

There is nothing new under the sun -- for almost every off-topic whizbang bike part, there's a long history of on-topic predecessors.

-- Fred Blasdel in Seattle, WA