Vintage Falcon road bikes

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by southcoast, 11 Feb 2018.

  1. PHL67

    PHL67 Senior Member

    Location:
    Frinton on Sea
    My colleague will paint the frame and yes doing it in green. As close to original as possible with original Decals.
     
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  2. Mogie

    Mogie Member

    Location:
    West mids uk
    Hi guys. I've been give this bike. I think it's a Raleigh but not completely sure. It's been repainted with stickers. I was wondering if any one could give me clues to year and manufacturer and model. The frame numbers 25B76.thanks. Few photos
     

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  3. PHL67

    PHL67 Senior Member

    Location:
    Frinton on Sea
    I don't think it's a Raleigh as they usually have nine digits. Two letters, 7 numbers.
    This would be for location, month, and year with remainder being quantity built in that month for particular models.
    Fantastic looking bike.
    Are you going to ride it !
     
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  4. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    @Mogie was thinking it might be a Falcon.....
     
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  5. Mogie

    Mogie Member

    Location:
    West mids uk
    Oh yes. But was looking forward to painting it original colour plus stickers.
     
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    southcoast

    southcoast Well-Known Member

    Could the letter B in the frame number, be an 8?
     
  7. Mogie

    Mogie Member

    Location:
    West mids uk
    Yes it could. Tempted to scrap some paint off but its a lovely bike to look at, I don't want to spoil it.
     
  8. The_Cycling_Scientist

    The_Cycling_Scientist Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Back in 2006 I had an old Ernie Clements 5 speed red roadie that road a dream, unfortunately due to a change of logistics and storage allowances I sold it and regretted it!

    It's taken me a few years to source a replacement but after going through bikes like there's no tomorrow I got offered one by a friend and who could refuse one in the colour I love the most! (purple no less!) The new edition that I collect next Sunday on the bank holiday weekend a 70's Black Diamond!
     

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    southcoast

    southcoast Well-Known Member

    Nice looking bike, really like the purple colour. :smile:
     
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  10. I have very long lasting memories of seeing a purple and black Black Diamond in the cycle sheds at school in the 60's . It is strange just how that colour scheme could have had such an effect. It made me think " I want one ! "
    I was toying with the idea of respraying mine in that colour scheme .
     
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    southcoast Well-Known Member

    It’s amazing what a lasting impression things can have on one at that age. Probably why we like vintage bikes, always looking for things we wanted when we were younger. Your red Falcon looks nice. Why not look for a purple bike and keep your current one original. Can’t have too many bikes. :smile:
     
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  12. The_Cycling_Scientist

    The_Cycling_Scientist Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    seconded! I've usually had things for yellow ones... had 3 yellow bikes in the past now.. my favorite was a yellow Dawes Chevron. was a perfect fit and I was stupid to sell it!

    Purple is one of the colours I've always wanted to own a bike in so it's a dream come true getting offered one by my good friend!
     

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  13. The_Cycling_Scientist

    The_Cycling_Scientist Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Funny how now there seems to be so very little of them left! must have been what we call a "disposable bike" to the owners back then. (I personally think no bike is disposable and always deserves a new lease of life!).
     
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  14. When you consider nearly every town had a factory employing a lot of people who cycled to work ,especially in the 1960's it makes you wonder where they all went . In my town when the workers went home the traffic came to a standstill as they would all pour out in a huge mass. A bit like the Tour Dr France .
     
  15. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    It's strange but we sold the Black Diamond BITD and the black version was not the best seller lol.

    The purple did well as we polished them to gleaming and for once Falcon did a nice finish. They sent them off for silver powder coating and then had them sprayed in a semi transparent purple lacquer. Completely against the grain as Falcon usually spent their time shooting themselves in the foot!
     
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