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(Wooglin & Rufus et al) More Allez pics(12 posts)

(Wooglin & Rufus et al) More Allez pics128
Jul 16, 2002 10:05 AM
As we've speculated, this bike should represent an original '87 set up. 52/42 ("a clean machine")
Jul 16, 2002 10:07 AM
"Ain't Superstitious, black cat cross my trail"128
Jul 16, 2002 10:19 AM
Kinda blurry but there on the flat back part of the brake arm is where the 'jj' stamp is after the usual mfg stamps. Still wonder what the 'jj' stands for.
More Allez pics128
Jul 16, 2002 10:26 AM
A little bit of 'auto-shift' in a few spots but generally still going strong...
The Girls.The pup on the right is ALLEZ all the time!128
Jul 16, 2002 10:31 AM
I missed out on the 'post your dog' picture a while back so here they are!
green grass, beautiful dogs & cool bikes .....Spirito
Jul 16, 2002 10:23 PM
man you are rich. just like peter fonda said in easyrider - "you got a cool spread here, man".

dalmation's are such cool dogs. look cool, act cool, friendly, playful ....... both my cats would be chop suey in a minute if i could keep a dog in my apt.

thanks for the pics

Finally, a wee bit of classic (Schwinn Le Tour III) junk128
Jul 16, 2002 10:52 AM
& a daring restoration project for the clinically bored. This was a one piece trash-pick that became the object of my frustration one night when I dismantled it from stem to bearing. I cleaned up the RD real well and I love it. Actually had a guy show up at our pick up game last Sunday riding one of these road weary beauties with Suntour. This one pictured has Schwinn approved!! Shimano stuff....
And this one does have the World Champion stripes on it! :)
Hmm. No shift bosses. I see a fixie project..... nmDave Hickey
Jul 16, 2002 10:56 AM
Myopia is bliss.(your bike work is very nice btw,sweet stuff) nm128
Jul 16, 2002 11:23 AM
On left chain stay is 'jim merz' from the Rendevous site I find128
Jul 17, 2002 3:50 AM
some info about the guy:

Jim Merz built bike frames in Portland, OR from 1975 until late in 1982, when he shut down his shop and went to work for Specialized as a designer. Merz could build a track or 'cross bike, and built superlative road racing bikes, but touring bikes were where he stood out. He made bikes with tubular steel racks--generally shorter and quicker steering than most other touring rigs of his time--and matching panniers also made in Portland. Jim worked as a machinist before becoming interested in cycling, learned about frame building at Strawberry Cycles under Andy Newlands, and opened his own shop at NW 21st and Everett producing IMHO a vastly superior product to his mentor. I think about 150 frames were produced, he mostly used Columbus tubing with some Reynolds 531 and 753 bikes also coming out including two 753 frames for pro rider George Mount. Merz used BCM lugs and crowns, finished seat stays with flat tops a la Schwinn Paramount, and decorated the bikes with simple graphics and paint. His painter was Virginia Church, one of the few other mechanics with whom I'd trust my own bike. To this day, many Portland bikies hold Merz machines in high regard. I'd consider them one of the best bikes ever made, myself. Jim now lives on Bainbridge Island, WA, and works for the Browning company.
David Feldman
On left chain stay is 'jim merz' from the Rendevous site I findwooglin
Jul 17, 2002 6:39 AM
Thanks for the pics. I see some differences (including the sig--Jim Merz is definitely not mine), and between you and Rufus' posts I'm happy with 84-86 on my end. Now I've just got to rent American Flyers to confirm.

Oh, a vcr might help, too.
oh, it's definitely "american flyers" vintage.rufus
Jul 17, 2002 6:55 AM
maybe not the exact same bike, but i'd bet it was. the allez's that were first built were fairly high end racing bikes at that time. i'd assume yours is somewhere from 81-86.