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1983 Custom

Here are some pictures recently sent to me. It is a 60cm. custom ‘dave moulton’ built in January 1983, with original paint and chrome; which means it was not only built by me, but I painted it also.

It was finished with a Candy Apple Red over a White base coat. I found this was the best way to get a true brilliant red that won’t fade to orange as most red paint does. The proof is evident, the red still as bright as ever after 26 years.

The frame was built in the Masi shop in San Marcos, just North of San Diego, in Southern California. I did not move into my own shop until around July 1983. This was one of ten custom frames built that January; a productive month.

My thanks to owner Mike Carney who has owned the bike from new, and like most owners of these rare custom frames, says he will never part with it.

The rear brake bridge re-enforcers (Above.) are hand cut from a piece of tube. The barrel shaped center boss was one that was made in a machine shop in England. I brought a number of these with me when I moved to the US in 1979.

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Reader Comments (10)

Great looking frame! The colour scheme is brilliant... down to the matte gray detail in the chromed fork crown.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermander

That is a really beautiful bike Dave and one of the reasons I come back to your site every week.



October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Lamb

amazing. what a beauty Dave!!! Im in love with the color and its mint shiny condition.
cheers /xo.m

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermeligrosa

I just noticed your logo and the Mace logo are very similar.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

dave, beautiful bike. can't miss the pride of workmanship in your description above. curious, though, whether if the owner rode that bike often? the paint condition is just so mint/perfect that it looked like a museum piece. nevertheless, drool-worthy is how i would describe it. cheers.

October 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjack


to your query about the bike being ridden....I have ridden my red rolling work of art many hundreds of miles. As Richard Sachs said to me, "That man was on the top of his game as a frame builder." The bike bespeaks of art, pride and dedication to a craft.... Mike

October 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike C


October 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRider

What a treat it must be for you Dave to have created things of lasting value and beauty. And to know that they are still giving pleasure.
The highest compliments to you.
This has certainly got me thinking that when I add a steelie to my current Ti and CF menage, I will look for a vintage Dave Moulton.
that is one of the most beautiful bikes I've ever seen.

October 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterskylab

The bike still looks great today. The red paint really stands out - nice.

Setting this up with modern gear - maybe Campy Chorus - would be a dream bike for me.

Thanks for posting.

October 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan O

One of the nicest I have ever seen. Work of art.

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan
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