AGE / VALUE:    posted by: jr on 8/4/2008 at 11:49:43 AM
Can anyone tell me more about this Ernie Clements Falcon?

components: Campy hubs & headset, Sugino crank, Weinman brakes, Suntour shifters, Shimano 600 deralleurs, tubular tires.


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   RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by Alonzo on 8/5/2008 at 8:32:17 PM

This may help. Via the late great Sheldon Brown,

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/falcon.html


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:    posted by David on 8/6/2008 at 6:19:02 AM
Looks like a good quality one. Check for the remains of Reynolds 531 stickers at the tops of the seat tube and fork legs. Also check for Campagnolo or ? dropouts and fork ends. I suspect Shimano ders are upgrades (shimano AND suntour shifting seems unlikely). Reverse the front wheel and put a Brooks B5/B15/B17/Pro saddle on it and it will be very presentable.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by jr on 8/6/2008 at 11:00:48 AM
It does have an intact Reynolds decal at the bottom of the seat tube, and Ernie Clements decals on the stays. Will check the dropouts.
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: posted by jr on 8/7/2008 at 5:36:28 AM
It does have Campy rear dropouts. No markings on the fork ends that I can see. Tubing is double butted 531.
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AGE / VALUE:   Fuji Special tourer: Forgot to mention posted by: Nick on 8/3/2008 at 7:25:31 PM
The Fuji special tourer: Forgot to mention that the head set is NITTO w/ drop handle bars. The serial number is also on the BB shell, but I haven't been able to find any sites that help. The main frame is not one piece, but appears to be separate pieces welded together. Thanks, again, for any help.
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AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by: Nick on 8/3/2008 at 6:49:49 PM
I just picked up a 12 speed fuji "special tourer" at a garage sale and am trying to figure out more about it (e.g., year, frame composition, etc.). It is Burgandy with a metal name plate. The saddle is Silpa, the DRs and shift levers are Sun Tour, the brakes are Dia Compe drop forged(the rear brake looks like some sort of drum system, but it is encased in metal and I haven't taken it apart to examine it), the rims are steel UKAI 26x1 1/4 W/0, the tires are Schwinn nylon, and the reflectors are cateye. I didn't see any marks on the crank set, but as with the other parts, I have never seen anything like it! It does have a city registration sticker that has an expiration date of 7/1/1979 on the frame. Any ideas? I'm not well versed in bicycles and am a beginning enthusiast, but for $10.00, I figured "Why not?". It is actually a very clean bicycle with just a bit of rust on the rims and dry rotted tires. I appreciate the opportunity to "pick" your expert brains!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by David on 8/4/2008 at 5:03:46 AM
Low end Fuji from (probably) late 70s. I suspect the tires are actually 27 (not 26) x 1 1/4. You can easily and cheaply get new tires. If you can find old aluminum alloy wheels to fit, you'll get much better braking when wet. It should be solid and reliable, but not a rare collectible! A good deal for $10!
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by Nick on 8/10/2008 at 4:12:12 PM
Thanks for the reply. The tire size is 37 X 597 (Schwinn). Unfortunately, I bought a standard size, but I can take them back. Old British club bike size? It also has a disc brake on the back, although its not functioning properly and I read where the early disc systems were not all that reliable. I'm looking forward to getting it going though. It should be fun to ride compared to the Trek 800 Antelope that I've been cruising around on!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   1970's Fuji Special Touring 12 speed posted by David on 8/11/2008 at 4:25:52 AM
That is a very oddball size for a Japanese bike/rim. I wonder if it has wheels transplanted from a Schwinn; the Fuji Special Tourers I've seen have been typical bike-boom bikes with 27" (630) wheels. (See http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html ) The brake you describe seems odd, as well. Do the wheels look somewhat small for the frame; e.g. big gap between the tire and brakes?
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AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Prestige posted by: Richard McElroy on 8/3/2008 at 3:19:29 PM
I have aquired a Nishiki Prestige. Don't know how old it is. Everything works great on it and I heard they are worth something. It has a little surface rust on it, but nothing is wrong with it. Does anyone know how much it would go for?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: Nishiki Prestige posted by Warren on 8/4/2008 at 3:57:38 PM
You can't really evaluate a bike like that without a detailed description and a good selection of pictures.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Prestige posted by David on 8/6/2008 at 12:23:43 PM
I think they're late 80s and they seem to have a following. Of course, that doesn't mean that you can sell one for a lot! I'd guess more than a hundred, probably less than five, certainly less than a grand. As usual, all depending on condition and luck in finding the right buyer.
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AGE / VALUE:   Nishiki Prestige posted by: Richard McElroy on 8/3/2008 at 3:19:29 PM
I have aquired a Nishiki Prestige. Don't know how old it is. Everything works great on it and I heard they are worth something. It has a little surface rust on it, but nothing is wrong with it. Does anyone know how much it would go for?
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