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Louis

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This old Falcon came to me last summer. A friend of my son's was remodeling an old house when he pulled this bike out from under a porch. The rear wheel was missing and the front wheel was toast. Conveniently, I had a set of 700c Mavic Open Pro wheels laying around so a 27 inch to 700c conversion was in order along with cold setting the rear triangle to 130mm.

This is a pretty nice Reynolds 531 (probably straight gauge) frame. At 5' 6" it fits me well. I did a lot of cleaning, rebuilt the headset with new bearing balls, and changed out the cottered crankset. Had to finally destroy the stem which had practically become part of the steerer tube (long story) but my generous stash of old parts came through with a suitable stem replacement.

The Dia Comp center pull brakes turned out okay so I stuck on some new pads and reused them.  New Tektro levers with QR needed to be purchased as the old levers were trashed.

This was my first single speed build. 100_0059.jpg  100_0060.jpg  100_0061.jpg

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anniebikes

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Very nice, love the color too. I applaud anyone that takes the time to renovate a beautiful classic bike.
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tallbikeman

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Louis, what a lovely paint job and I like the decals also.  Stuck stems can be a horror show all their own. Good job.  Remember, if 700c ever goes out of fashion you can still go back to the 27 x 1 1/4inch wheelset.  Falcon's were a race bicycle line but they did make some lower line bicycles.  Good luck with your beautiful bicycle.
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Dandy bike, Louis!  I really like the proportions, color, and set-up.  Doc.
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WOW! that is a beauty!
It was nice that the centerpulls had enough drop to move the pad too, that is always a bonus when converting to 700c. I love that fork, nice curves!
I think you did a great job on it. The modern brake levers are a real improvement, function and comfort.
I really like the seat bag, the size is perfect, it fits the bike. What bag is it?

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Louis

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Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. I was amazed by how well the paint held up after all these years and was especially glad I could save the fork. 
As I recall, my research indicated this bike was made around 1973; so who knows how many years it spent crammed under that porch. 
It cries out for a Brooks saddle...so I might have to switch around some B-17's.
Spencer, The bag is a small Minnehaha I've had for years. Not as fancy or robust as the name brand bags but quite functional. Evidently they still sell them:
Banjo Brothers Minnehaha Small Saddle Bag - BikeShopHub.com 
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CharleyGnarlyP290

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Wow... nice find. I am a total single speed kind of chap to be sure, and I love seeing the results after a conversion, and this is a great one. Horizontal dropouts sure make it a lot easier.
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