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Tuesday
Dec292009

1975 Touring Bike

In 1975 while working from my framebuilding business in Worcester England, I received an order for a touring bike from a customer who was an American serving in the US Airforce, and stationed in the UK.

I built the frame with a custom rear rack. The bike was fitted with all Campagnolo equipment, and aluminum mudguards that had a hammered dimpled finish.

Dynamo lighting was fitted with the front and rear lights attached to the mudguards. The dynamo was attached to a bracket brazed to the inside of the left seatstay.

The above picture was taken just before the customer took delivery. I had no idea at the time that four years later I would move the United States myself; or ever hear about this bike again.

Recently I learned the original owner had given up riding due to ill health, and had sold the bike. The new owner, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska, had the frame restored to its original finish by Cyclart. Pictures below.

 

 

Reader Comments (12)

Really nice, beautiful paint job.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Cool bike. That yellow paint looks great.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDan O

That's a beauty, Dave. You must be proud to have frames like these, worthy of restoration and still going strong.

The rack is great component, reminiscent of the French "constructeurs." Love the paint too.

December 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRaymond Parker

Holy Cow, that is rare. Very nice pictures.

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRonald Lau

Wow! That really is a stunning bicycle.

December 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJan

This is great: fine bicycles should live forever. I guess the owner will get a lot of time to polish it up and get nice components as there isn't much riding in Anchorage around now.

Happy New Year, Dave!

December 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSprocketboy

I will keep my eyes open for a DM, here Down Under.

Happy New Year!

AMR

January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAMR

Thank you for the origonal picture of the bike!! I am still looking for the proper replacement lights to finish the restoration. They seemsed to be fairly common at the time, but all I have been able to find have "Peugeot" stamped on them. Hopefully it will be done before all of the snow melts.

Happy New Year.

January 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Lindamood

I find this simply amazing.One of your bikes pops up 35 years later,halfway 'round the world from where you built it,(In Alaska,no less)and is being restored so as to be enjoyed all over again.I could only hope to leave a legacy like that.Your fine work has paid off in more ways than money alone.

January 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJerry Hablitzel

Gorgeous bike and glad to see someone is taking the time to restore it to it's original beauty. Someone above said it best: great legacy, Dave.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaltese Falcon

I have a blue one just like that without the rack. I'm wondering what year it is.

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbottledale

bottledale,
On custom 'dave moulton' frames the serial number tells you the year it was built. See here for American built frames.
For UK built frames numbers stating M5 = 1975, M6 = 1976, M7 = 1977 and so on.
Dave

May 22, 2010 | Registered CommenterDave Moulton
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