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the follis

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durifort

wide bars, nitto technomic

something cheap from the quality catalog; tange headset

mavic open sport to formula 32-hole

mavic open sport to formula flip-flop 36-hole

sugino cranks, phil wood 110 mm w/ french rings (no more trolling eBay!)

something comfy, something french

egg beaters, 3/32" kmc

48:20

NEW UPDATE: i rebuilt the front end; see boring explanation here.

UPDATE: finally got a new front wheel built, to match (almost) the rear, promote smoother riding and accommodate studded tires for the winter. also, when trading campagnolo brakes for the tall bike i remembered i was using one of the barrel adjusters on the diacompe brake, so i had to give that up and i went back to the universal super68, which was actually original to the bike back in 1970 or whenever.

so now the may snapshots are joined by a couple from late august, which is a good time for rudbeckia but not much else.

i was resisting putting this bike on teh internet because i thought i was going to paint it, or something. but it is my 24-7-52 rider and i may never paint it, so here it is, a snapshot (as it were) of the bike as of late may, 2006; if you could only smell the russian olive blossoms! updates will be posted without warning (or cause, for that matter).

i bought this bike some 30 years ago, used, from a college student. at that time it was clean and mostly original (there was a suntour rear derailleur that didn't quite match). much has happened since then, however. it's on its third fork (never carry a garden rake on a bike!), for example. i resurrected it (recalled to life!) as a fixed gear a couple of years ago when i began bicycle commuting and didn't want to ride my track bike in the rain anymore. keeping it on the road has been interesting.

People who friended this bike trackmarks, junket, bio9, campystamp, vqstaphbeard

durifort tubing

A good url on durifort tubing is http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/Vitus_history.htm. I have a follis, bit it's a silver Roman coin, you want to to a swap ???

i'll keep the bike

thanks for the info on the tubing. and i appreciate the offer to swap, but how would i get to work every day?

Follis Tandem

I've got a beastly Follis Tandem, same color as yours with a gorgeous patina. It rides like a Russian tank and is about as heavy. One night I forget to lock it up. In the morning when I went out to check on it, instead of it being stolen, there were two Follis tandems sitting there. Now that's the true sign of a classic. Thanks for the pics.



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