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dave moultenkerry
Aug 30, 2001 9:54 AM
My neighbor has made the occasional comment about biking when he sees me coming or going. The other day we were talking and he took me to his basement where he showed me a most interesting bike. It's a Dave Moulten. He said he bought it in the early 70's and only rode it for a year. The bike is in perfect shape. It has super record components and to my amazement a black anodized rear derailleur with "titanium" bolts. He said it was the first super record gruppo. He let me take it for a ride and after a few adjustments I felt completely comfortable on it and loved the way it handled. Well he then offered to give it to me. I can't just take it and need to get an idea of what it is worth. I've done internet searches and have come up empty. Does anyone know of websites or businesses that can help me determine this bikes worth? He is a good neighbor and I want to be fair to him.
re: dave moultenLone Gunman
Aug 30, 2001 10:06 AM
I did a similar search for a 1972 Schwinn recently and came across a site for a bicycle museum and also a business in Colorado that sells vintage parts. A place to start...
An Englishman who moved to SoCal.MB1
Aug 30, 2001 10:10 AM
It should be a really sweet frame with nice lugs and great workmanship.
re: dave moultenAlpedhuez55
Aug 30, 2001 10:18 AM
I posted this the other day to another question. It is a link to Sheldon Brown's site with information on old bicycle pricing.

I could not find Dave Moulton on the list but think you will find something comparable.
re: dave moultenTig
Aug 30, 2001 10:30 AM
I remember the bikes, but they are before my time. Maybe you can offer this cool neighbor a barter or trade. I doubt he'll take $, but maybe a few favors or something neighborly. If he insists, go ahead and take the bike.

Consider it to be like a classic car... they look great but should be driven occasionally since that is what they were built for. It makes a nice piece of art/bike history.

I did a few serious internet searches and didn't come up with anything of value.
re: dave moultenTom c
Aug 30, 2001 11:26 AM
Dave has since retired which is why you're having problems finding much about him. After a long spell of making frames in this country on a custom basis, Moulton tried his hand at producing an off the rack frame. It was dubbed Fuso( Italian for molten- a play on words). As I recall 3 stock colors were offered with the usual size range offered. Moulton frames do have some collectable value, especially pre-Fuso ones. A few in good condition have sold for over $500 on E-bay.As mentioned Moulton retired in around 1990. He would be around 70 now. By the way, if that SR derailleur is in fact 1st generation, it would be worth molto denaro. If the lettering is raised script and not the usually seen printed black body then he's got one.
re: dave moultenkerry
Aug 30, 2001 11:56 AM
the front and rear pieces of the derailluer are black anodized and the face plate has a raised campagnolo on the top and a smaller raised super record on the bottom. I was surprised at the shifting quaily after i got the hang of the down tube shifters. One of the things I'm worried about is if the components are rare and expensive. I need to let him know if they are and be fair about this. The bike and components are so interesting that I would love to have them.
Here's a startLive Steam
Aug 30, 2001 12:23 PM
I think that Alex Moulton Bicycles are somehow related to Dave Moulton. Check these sites:

the guy in this article may know more

The Moulton Bicycle Club

No relation, although they were both British. nmMB1
Aug 30, 2001 12:30 PM
Kerry, go to this site..tom c
Aug 30, 2001 2:04 PM there is a list of classic lightweight framebuilders by nation. Go to us builders. Even though Moulton is British by birth, as mentioned, he is listed as a US builder. Cheers!
Indeed, Classic RendezvousCliff Oates
Aug 30, 2001 2:19 PM
Great site! Thx -NMTig
Aug 30, 2001 2:21 PM
re: dave moultenSteveS
Aug 30, 2001 3:32 PM
I had a Dave Moulten Fuso brochure for ages, or maybe it was a Moulten fitting guide, anyway, I will see if I have it in my files and if there is any specific info there. I did see a Fuso at the Connie Carpenter-Davis Phinney cycling camp I attended long ago, it was a pretty high grade frame. Now, if I could just find a neighbor to offer me something similar. (An old friend did recently give me his Austro Daimler Vent Noir mid-80's bike that I plan to build up once I get back from the UK. More toys, please)