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Follis 072 faux Randonneur

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Follis 072 - Reynolds 531 main tubes & Bocama lugs, Simplex dropouts, 56cm - 2cm too small :-(, 1970s

Belleri drop bars, Nitto Technomic quill stem

Follis w/ Reynolds 531 blades, no name French treaded headset

Mavic 501 hub, Weinmann 700c rim, Panaracer Pasela TourGuard tires, 32mm

Mavic 501 hub, Weinmann 700c rim, Panaracer Pasela TourGuard tires, 32mm

Stronglight 49D crankset, 46/28, Stronglight French-thread BB

Ideale 80 - I've been riding on this one for 30+ years.

Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL (yes, I know...) / SRAM PC870 chain

Simplex Retrofriction downtube levers, EDCO (Simplex) Super L.J front derr, Huret DuoPar Eco rear derr

MAFAC centerpulls with Kool Stop Salmon pads

TA 46/28 chainrings (they call this a "compact" crankset these days ;-), 7-speed Sachs LY95 12-24 freewheel


My attempt at building a randonneur-type bicycle. Not really the right frame: 2cm too small, too short of wheelbase, and not quite enough clearance for fenders and large tires.

Still need to get a handlebar bag and put on the new shellacked cotton bar tape.

Other items of interest:
Honjo Koken "martele" (hammered) fenders.
Velo Orange aluminum French style bell
Silca Impero pump with Campagnolo head & umbrella
Specialized stainless steel water bottle cage
Jagwire Sterling Silver cable housings
Specialties TA Ref. 270 handlebar bag rack

This bike donated all of its major "organs" to the Peugeot PR-10E... RIP

People who friended this bike Steven Bell, van, swardenh, eaglerock, cannonhugodale, M0THER, blindtaterface, reticentremedy, slmn, the fumingator, thegrither, dphi, A-ko, Merllyn, campystamp, vqstaphbeard, non-fixie, tsintsi

Was the color detailing on the fenders

done by Honjo, or by you? I've been doing a similar project with a Raliegh International, and a little color on the fenders would be in keeping with the period.

I did it myself...

...lots of taping and spraying to paint the flutes.

Ah, I see... the frame paint is your work as well, yes? If so, it's a creditably clean job.

Thanks very much...

...of course, if I was doing it over again, I'd do it differently. I'm not too displeased,
but it could be better. It's not terrible for a first attempt at painting a bicycle frame, though.

I used Dupli-Color Engine paint - Chrysler Blue - thinking it would be durable.
Well, it really isn't. I'd have been better off having some 2-part paint mixed at my
local auto paint supplier - that stuff is really hard!

hot hot hot

i love a good footlong quill stem

Not the best look...

...but sadly forced by the too-small frame :-(

thats what she said

thats what she said

that just doesn't work here

that just doesn't work here


...but kinda funny just the same :-)

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