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Cleaned up my 472 Follis

Old 01-20-21, 06:58 PM
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Cleaned up my 472 Follis

I picked this baby up in Phoenix about 3 weeks ago and just finished getting it back into riding shape. New cables, tires (Veloflex Master 28ís), tape and saddle, thorough clean and polish and sheís ready to hit the road again. I sold my 172 which was in nice shape but too big for me when I found this one, I love these bikes !










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Old 01-20-21, 08:51 PM
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Lovely job! Good luck with that Ideale 2002.
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Old 01-20-21, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by bertinjim View Post
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Lovely job! Good luck with that Ideale 2002.
Are you not a fan of those saddles ?
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I fear that Ideale 2002 saddles and I are not in the least compatible. Love the design but simply cannot survive a ride on one.
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That's a sweet bike. Love those brakes. Reminds me, I gotta get one of those leather seat bags...
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Quality old school frameset with quality new school supple 28s make for a cloud-like ride. With the cockpit and feet made comfortable, it becomes blissful on a nice day.


Find and repeat - with tubulars. N+1.
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Beautiful bike!
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Old 01-21-21, 03:48 PM
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Are my eyes failing me or is the seat tube crimped?

And that is a gorgeous bike. You did good.
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Are my eyes failing me or is the seat tube crimped?

And that is a gorgeous bike. You did good.
I think itís that the seat tube decal has wavy top and bottom borders.
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I think itís that the seat tube decal has wavy top and bottom borders.
Correct
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Originally Posted by CV-6 View Post
Are my eyes failing me or is the seat tube crimped?

And that is a gorgeous bike. You did good.
No crimping, the decal has a wavy design youíre seeing.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Quality old school frameset with quality new school supple 28s make for a cloud-like ride. With the cockpit and feet made comfortable, it becomes blissful on a nice day.


Find and repeat - with tubulars. N+1.
It also came with the original tubular wheelset so that is a possibility.
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No crimping, the decal has a wavy design youíre seeing.

Okay. Looking at the full drive side shot, I can see what you are referring to. Again...nice bike.
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Nice, but can you turn those bars down a bit?
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Nice, but can you turn those bars down a bit?
Slack. He's coming off a bicycle injury.
He's not Spring's chicken.
He rides brifters with a flat ramp.


Besides = darn fine bike. Well done.
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Nice, but can you turn those bars down a bit?
60 years old still recovering from multiple broken ribs due to a free wheel failure, residual issues from multiple other past injuries including a parachute malfunction. Iím lucky Iím riding a bike at all so the answer would be....no.

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Old 01-21-21, 08:01 PM
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Gorgeous bike. Two questions, though: how do you tell one model from another, and what's with the terminal 72? I know there were 072, 172, 472, 572, and 672 -- were there 272 and 372? OK that's 3 questions.
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Gorgeous bike. Two questions, though: how do you tell one model from another, and what's with the terminal 72? I know there were 072, 172, 472, 572, and 672 -- were there 272 and 372? OK that's 3 questions.
What the obsession with ...72 was I have no idea 🤣. There are some links posted on other Follis threads that show their spec sheets but it basically boils down to groupsets, wheels as I think they were all 531 builds.
172 was the first level generally accepted as a ďseriousĒ road bike, came equipped with internal cable routing on the top tube (also in the 072) chrome fork and chain stays, Suntour DLís, Mafac brakes and Nervar crank and was the cheapest model to include tubular wheelset.

For some reason there was not a 272 or 372, the 472 was identified by its Campy DLís, external cable routing with tube clips,(same for 572,672) Mafac Competition brakes and more ornate lugging. 572 was full Campy DL, brakes, crank and the 672 were custom orders that could have been anything the customer wanted.
However take what Iím saying with a grain of salt as Iíve seen features on some models that should not have been there so ????


CORRECTION... 072 and 172 used braze ons for top tube cable, not internal !!


They are highly overrated junk bikes that you should pass on after letting me know where you found one. (Especially a 572)😄

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Old 01-27-21, 10:40 AM
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in case any readers have an interest in these there is a member over at thecabe who is getting ready to put a 472 from this time up for sale -

https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/fo...o-sell.185627/


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