High Noon

Had a surprise visit today by a friend who showed me his new bike. OK, he has already ridden it in two serious events, a 360km Flèche and a 200km Brevet, so it´s not quite new, but still. This bike is real eye candy if it glistens in the sun.

It´s a Marschall built in Dortmund, but as the owner of the bike is the very same wizard of the lathe who made so many parts for my Ellis-Briggs randonneur, it is easily seen why this bike is so super nice, and very special.

Sorry to say that I haven´t quite come to terms with my new camera yet; many detail snaps I took went out of focus, so I´ll have to repeat them if/when the occasion arises. I didn´t want to bother you with those, so there is no photo of the typical Marschall star headbadge, for instance.

Sort of unusual angle, but the polished stainless b/b shell is a sight to behold. In fact, the complete frame is stainless. The only minor point of criticism on the whole bike is the far too hefty plate which serves as a bridge for the mudguard eye only.

This entry for the concealed cable in the top tube somehow looks nice thrown slightly out of focus, so here it is.

Watch the frame number plate brazed to the seat tube.

Werner chose a very intelligent mix of parts for the bike: New Success hubs, Campag rear mech and click downtube shifters, his favourite crankset, the Stronglight 100, a simple but effective SKF plastic cartridge bottom bearing, RX100 brake calipers and a stitched B17.

The light luggage rack is home made. Very nicely executed, too.

Lighting cables are all routed internally with entry and exit points drilled though the steel where it´s thickest.

The lamp holder is homemade, too.

A nice touch; hard to photograph, though: The star under the bottle cage.

And to prove that this bike is really being used, here´s the number from the Flèche.

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