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"77 Mystery Frame(7 posts)

"77 Mystery FrameNiall
Aug 28, 2003 8:11 PM
I am a mechanic at a northern minnesota bike shop, i was ecstatic when i recently received an older bike from a friend of mine, when he gave it to me he said that it had been custom built for him in 1977 the bike was outfitted entirely with campagnolo nuovo record components mounted in a beautifully fabricated lugged steel frame, although i will not be at ease until i can find the origin of this frame because the original paint had been removed and replaced by solid blue leaving the only markings on the bike to be the campagnolo dropuots and the number on the bottom bracket that reads "OKC 7704" with a solitary "F" on the opposite side of the B.B. shell, if someone could please tell me what this is it would be very much appreciated
Can you post some pics?Straightblock
Aug 29, 2003 7:50 AM
Good clear pictures of the lug work, bottom bracket and fork crown might jog someone's memory. Could be, too, that it was built by a small local framebuilder that would be hard to identify.

I've got a mystery frame, too. I picked it up for $25 for the Nuovo Record crank that was on it. It had a mismatched fork and a bad repaint. I'll put that one up here sometime.
pics posted (kind of)Niall
Aug 31, 2003 3:44 PM
i am having too much trouble with my computer to upload the images requested of the bike in question so i have posted them at a remote address wich can be accessed at : http://groups.msn.com/interlocution/bikes.msnw . please bear with it, it was the easiest solution. you may notice the bike is not original spec, but rather as i ride it, and yes the bad paint is my fault; i have every intenion of haveing it properly (professionally) repainted once i find out the origin of the frame.
re: "77 Mystery Framemoschika
Aug 31, 2003 4:22 PM
can't you ask your friend? he should know since it was custom built for him. if it's a custom job it could be some obscure builder back then.

either way it looks like a nice bike.
THE ANSWERNiall
Sep 4, 2003 5:40 PM
for those interested, i have found the origin of my frame, it is a Kvale Cycles original, built in april 1977, it was the sixth frame built by chris kvale, now a reputable custom frame builder. the serial number reads "OKC 7704" with a single "F" on the opposite side of the b.b. shell i have deciphered this as so: O= ?,KC= Kvale Cycles, 77= 1977, 04= april, and F= i assume is the 6th letter in the alphabet, and therefor represents the sixth frame built, i could be wrong, but if this is not so, the "04" suggests that its his 4th frame built rather than the month of fabrication, either way, its nice to know what it is, and i can breathe a sigh of relief, thanks to all for their interest and supportive suggestions; and to anyone interested in purchasing the bike: beware! i have a high asking price, nonetheless if interested further, please e-mail me at 'the_niall@hotmail.com'
THE ANSWERmoschika
Sep 4, 2003 10:54 PM
is this from your assumptions or did you confirm this with Kvale Cycles?

just wondering how you figured this out?
THE ANSWERNiall
Sep 5, 2003 10:02 AM
no, i was actually able to get a hold of the man it was built for (at an extent of labor), and being an old man he did not recall immediately, but was eventually able to conjure fourth the name of the man who fabricated the frame, i then affirmed this by talking with chris kvale himself.