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Zieleman Concorde crit bike '78/'79

Bike tags: Road bike | 1979 | 4-hole FD | Amsterdam | campagnolo | more tags >>
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Zieleman 531? / 58c-t seattube & 55.5 c-c toptube / 1979?

Cinelli Campione del Mondo / Cinelli 140mm

Zieleman / Tange

Campy Record / Nisi / old tubular

idem dito

Sugino Super Mighty / Campy NR

Concor / Chorus

NR / ?

NR / NR RD Pat. 80 - NR FD (4-hole)

Campy SR / SR

Suntour freewheel 12-21 / 53-45

I wasn't going to post this one untill it would be finished, but the project is taking too long and it's pretty swell the way it is > will update naturally when finally changing the stem to a longer one and refurbishing the complete cockpit to something less unacceptable than exage levers on a Zieleman (ooh I'm such a snob). Will get to this as soon as I get my hands on a 7mm allen key!

This is a Zieleman Type Special in disguise, painted in Concorde scheme. It's not the first time a Zieleman has been repainted into a more commercial brand, cause Ko Zieleman didn't sponsor any teams but the sponsored rider didn't want to ride anything but his custom build Zieleman. A similar thing happened when Gerrie Kneteman was riding for the GAN-Mercier team but didn't want to trade in his custom build RIH frame (also from Amsterdam), so he painted it pink with Mercier decals (but still with RIH badge). Also one of my good friend scored himself what he thought was a Concorde, but it turned out to be a Rossin (with all the pantos) repainted with Concorde decals.

The geometry shows it's clearly build as a crit bike, with the tight geometry, toe-overlap, racetag hanger and all. Though the lugs have been filed down nicely, the seatstays are pretty beefy, making the ride kinda stiff and making sure every pedalstroke feels like it's right on the spot. This also makes the frame a little more heavy so it's not quite an alpinist I assume, but in the lowlands that will never be an issue.
Unfortunately the bike has done enough tours of duty and has been used so well that the paint shows a few spots. This is part of the interesting history of the bike of course so I don't really mind.

Ride fantastic, jumping through corners like a ballet dancer and riding fast and hard like an adolescent with his daddies Dodge Charger.

October 2014: This bike recently turned up in '1001 bicycles to dream of riding before you die' (without my knowledge nonetheless). Guess I have a 1000 to go.

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a dutch treat

Special Bike

Thanks for including the fascinating information.

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