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VINTAGE MOULDEN ROAD BIKE
This page discusses a vintage Jim Moulden road bike that I purchased in August of 2003. It is from approximately 1986 (as far as I know at this point), and is my everyday riding bike. Below I will describe the components in some detail. It is my hope that this page will be both interesting and helpful for others who are researching vintage bikes. If you happen to know more about any of these components, or have some information that you feel I would be interested in, please do not hesitate to email me. Also, if you would like to correct anything that you see here, please do -- I cannot claim to know much about these things... Thanks to those who have emailed me comments to date!
Overall, this bike is not a "period correct" or perfectly matched piece of machinery. To use the terms of one of my readers, it's an "eclectic" mix of parts, likely obtained from various sources. My feeling is that Moulden sold the frame and fork only, and the original purchaser built up the bike with a mix of parts from several different bikes, likely of slightly different vintages. For example, the pantographed Guerciotti parts were almost certainly from a Guerciotti bike at one point, and transferred to this frame afterwards.
We'll start with the frame! The frame and fork were custom made by Jim Moulden of Moulden Bicycle Works of Edmonton, Ontario, Canada. Apparently Jim is now no longer building frames, but instead building houses in Edmonton. What a shame, as he did beautiful work! The frame is all Reynolds 531 steel. The frame is complete with original Reynolds tubing stickers, which say (on the top of the down tube):
1935-1985 Winning on 531
Manufactured by Ti Reynolds Limited, England"
You can kind of see the stickers in this picture:
The frame itself is a beautiful green colour, and the paint and decals are all in quite good condition. This bike is the 47th that Moulden made under his own name (he had made ~90 bikes under the Proctor label prior to that as well). It's a 54 cm frame, measured centre-centre. Both of these numbers came from the values imprinted on the bottom bracket, with the "047" printed along the left side of the BB, and the "54" in the center:
Both rims are Araya 700C rims from Japan.
Both hubs are "Sunshine Gyromaster" hubs. They are stamped with the code 12 83, which corresponds to the manufactured date of December 1983. Apparently Sunshine was the brand name used by Sanshin, a hub manufacturer closely tied to SunTour. (Information obtained from www.vintage-trek.com, and from various reader contributions)
The front quick-release mechanism is marked "Sunshine" on the handle. The rear, however, is marked "Suntour Japan." My guess is that one has been replaced, although they both appear to be of the same approx. vintage.
The original front tire that was on the bike when I obtained it was a "Specialized Turbo/R 700x18C". The original rear said "Matrix CD5 700x20C". I'm guessing that neither of the tires are original, as they appear to be newer than the rest of the bike. I replaced these tires after a string of flats, on May 3, 2004 with a pair of Continental Ultra Sport 25s. So far, these have been completely flat-free (4800km and counting.. touch wood.)
The saddle is an Avocet Racing II. According to First Flight Bicycles, this model of seat first appeared in either 1980, or 1986. Based on the rest of the components on the bike, I'm guessing 1986 is correct.
The single bolt seat post is marked "Campagnolo Brev. Inter." horizontally along the top. There is also a small "272" on the top rear of the post. However, as well as the Campagnolo marks, the post is pantographed with the "Guerciotti" (pronounced "gwer-chee-OH-ty" according to Sheldon Brown) name running vertically, and 8 vertical lines (2 white on the front and 2 on the back, 2 red on the left side, and 2 green on the right side). Apparently the act of pantographing names onto Campy parts was quite common in the 70s and 80s, and was done in the factory by Campy. Colnago, DeRosa, Merckx, Ciocc Olmo, and Basso are some of the other brands that had similar work done. This seat post also appears to be rather short (again, most likely to save weight.) This seatpost is likely either Super Record or Victory.
The brake levers are marked "Campagnolo," and are also pantographed with the Guerciotti "G in a Star" logo, and green/white/red diamonds below.
Both the front and rear brakes are Campagnolo brakes, and also have the Guerciotti pantographing.
The shift levers are both marked "Patent Campagnolo" on one side, while the other side has the Guerciotti "G in a star" logo, and the green/white/red stripes pantographing again.
The chainrings are Campagnolo, and are marked "Brev Campagnolo Made in Italy" The large 'ring is marked "-53-A5-" while the small is marked "-41-A5" The first number indicates the number of teeth, but I'm unsure about the meaning of the "A5" designation. Check out the picture below to get a look at the chainrings.
The front derailleur is a Suntour Cyclone M-II. It is marked "Maeda Ind. Ltd. Japan." It also has the code "ZK" marked on the back of the cage. According to www.vintage-trek.com this corresponds to a manufacture date of November 1983. Check out the picture below to get a look at the front Derailleur.
The rear derailleur is also a Suntour Cyclone M-II. It is marked "Maeda Ind. Ltd. Japan." It has the code "YC" marked on the back of the cage. According to www.vintage-trek.com this corresponds to a manufacture date of March 1982. The jockey pulleys are marked "Suntour Japan Maeda Industries Ltd." You can get a look at the derailleur in this picture of the rear drivetrain:
The original rear freewheel was marked, as best I can tell, "Made in Italy REGNA FX/CX-5" Some readers have mentioned (and I have since verified that they were correct) that it more likely read "Regina", and "CX/CX-S" The freewhell was thus made by Regina in Italy. The CX/CS-5 marking would imply that these cogs were made for the Regina Corsa and Extra Corsa six- and seven-speed freewheel bodies. The individual cogs are marked (large > small) 18A1/17A1/16B1/15A2/14D1/13C1. As of June 2005, I noticed that there was some side-to-side play in the freewheel, so when I was getting a spoke replaced I also got the freewhell replaced. I found that freewheels are difficult to obtain, and ended up with a Shimano CX 14-24. The lower gearing is much better for the riding I do, and is a lot more manageable on hills! However, I don't think the quality of the Shimano freewheel is as good as it could be, and it unfortunately doesn't fit the "vintage" feel of the rest of the bike.
The cranks are Campagnolo as well. The inside of both the right and left crank are marked "170 32(in a square) 9/16"X20F" Near the bottom bracket, both have a small, raised "2A." It is possible that these are Campy Super Record Cranks. According to www.campyonly.com, Super Record had a "laser etched" logo, which appeared as a smooth black marking. These cranks have a logo that fits that description, although I could be wrong. It is also possible that these are Nuovo Record or Athena. See for yourself:
The handlebars are "Sakae Custom" "SR Road Champion" bars. According to a source that I've now misplaced, SR joined with SunTour in 1990 to form SR Suntour.
The only marking on the stem is the word "Custom" printed horizontally across the front. "Custom" may also be a SR product.
The chain has various markings on some of the links. Some are marked "FRANCE," some "I," some "Z," while some have the "SACHS" name inside a triangle logo, while others have the "SEDIS" name inside a triangle logo. It is my understanding that these two companies combined into one at some time, although it appears that for a while they used both names.
Here's what the bike looks like as of October 2005. Since the last photos, it's got new tires, the new freewheel (not that you can really see that...), a wedge pack, and two new (matching) black bottle cages. A good looking bike, although I'm looking for input on the bar tape colour!
As I said earlier, I welcome any and all comments on this bike (or any of the selected components). Please email me with anything you may have. I will try to post better pictures at some point, and will attempt to update this page as I learn more about the components.
For those interested in vintage bikes and specifically Campagnolo, check out the book Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion!
Thanks to the following people who have emailed me with information regarding this bike: Paul from Hillsdale NJ, Paul from Cologne; Cornel from Henderson, Nevada; Rick from Oregon and Walter from http://www.bikeforums.net/
|This page was last updated on March 25, 2011 at 02:28 PM|