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Alan Fixed Gear 80ish from Istanbul

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Alan / 49cm / around 1980

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Alan / Campagnolo Super Record

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Suzue / FiR GL125 / Continental Competition GP 19mm tubular

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MKS Sylvan Lite / 3/32


Campagnolo Record Victory

Stronglight 44T chainring / Dura Ace 14T Cog

Bought the frame (in a "not so good" condt), rims and saddle from Lazzaretti Rome.. Then collected the other parts mostly from ebay thru 7 months.. Did all the polishing, sanding, cutting, grinding and of course the assembly myself (alright except for the tire installation ;)) Did not have the original fork but I found a close one. Turned up to be quite a shiny bike :)

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Are you willing to sell?

Are you willing to sell?


Nice one!!!!!
Is that a paul comp lever?

custom cowhide cutting

Aww, you even went and made li'l cozies for the tops of the seat stays ;)

Seriously, a beautiful build! EXCEPT for that abomination of a brake lever. [like a booger hanging out of the Mona Lisa... there, i said it]

The custom elements are truly works of art, though! and a classy match to that Swallow.


Great looking alan! My alan got nothing compare to this.


where did you buy those leather wraps? or did you make them yourself? gorgeous bike by the way!


Yeah, made them myself from a large bulk of leather.. It was not easy though, especially as I found out that the leather I bought was quite thick for the purpose.. If you are thinking about making your own, make sure that you buy a really thin and soft leather ;)

Nice bike, good job! i have

Nice bike, good job!

i have a question for you:

Thanks ;)

Hi there, thanks a lot!
Regarding your question: Yes, you need shorter chainring bolts for that.. But I bought a nos set of regular (long) bolts and what I did was; grind each part with a hand grinder to length (you need to shorten BOTH the bolt and nut, that makes 10 parts ;)) Just throwing in some shims might work too but would really look bad.
You can see the whole story of build here in this thread, it's in Turkish but the photos will tell it all:

awwww!............W O R D !

awwww!............W O R D !


Where did you get that brake lever?

Gran Compe Shot lever

That's a Dia-Compe Gran Compe Shot lever. It can obviously be used from either side of the stem.

Very nice looking conversion, by the way.

Shot Lever

Thanks! But I have to say that the short lever does not provide any braking power at all.. You can only use the long one anyway :)


Flawless !!! If I find a fork I let you know.... I see them occasionally on ebay.

Well I do too, but they are

Well I do too, but they are always attached to another Alan frame :D I have searched hard for a few months but could not find the fork for the job. Anyway this one is from a later year but close enough, and as long as this was not a restoration prj I decided to go with it. I spent most of my effort on the fork; removed the anodizing on the lugs to match my frame, and had to cut and rethread the steerer tube cause it was for a 60cm frame! I even had to drill the inner diameter some more to accept the stem!
So I will hardly consider to replace it but Thanks anyway ;)


Hello! I love your build, it's actually quite similar to my most recent project! It is a Maurizio lugged aluminum frame that I built up with many leather and Italian parts. I will be posting pictures up of it soon. Anyway, I got a silver anodized aluminum lugged fork with my frameset that I will be replacing with a steel fork. Are you interested in purchasing the aluminum fork? It is in great condition and I am willing to work out a reasonable price. I believe it would go perfectly with your Alan. Message me if you would like! Cheers,


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