Ca. 1978 Doug Fattic

Some stories are weird, some wonderful, and some top them all. Like this:

A few years ago I received an email from Doug telling me that he himself had gotten a message from a German cycle dealer who was about to sell up and who was wondering what to do with an old frame he had had knocking about his shop for years. The dealer had found out Doug´s email as it was his name on the down tube.



It became clear that the dealer had a great number of rare items in his shop besides the frame, so I motored down to Southern Germany to help him get rid of it all which wasn´t very complicated as it just took the opening of my trusty 740 Volvo´s tailgate, shoving in a great number of boxes filled with things like after market titanium bits for Campag NR/SR, and the handing over of a rather moderate amount of money. Oh yes, the tailgate had to be closed again, too, which wasn´t too easy.


It seems that the Fattic frame is very lightweight indeed (the bike as pictured in this post weighs 8.6 kilos) and made from Tange tubing. Doug remembers that it was one of his first frames, and that he did not yet paint his frames at the time. How it got to Germany? My guess is that a serviceman must have brought it over as the bikeshop who sold it to me was rather close to a major US base.

XFreardoXFZeusdoThe frame is equipped with Zeus 2000 rear dropouts for weight reasons.





Not to be discovered easily: A lily under the bottom bracket. Also the gear cable routing was progressive for the time: Many frame builders would still route over the b/b during the mid-seventies.

XFlwrheadlugAnd another one, more easily noted.


And here´s for the bits I´ve hung from the frame for the time being.XFCampaftder XFCampaftderalloybolt

The alloy bolt is from one of the weight weenie boxes, as is…

XFfiledCamparhcrank… this filed SR crankset c/w lightweight b/b axle and nut.

XFMafacsThese did not come in the stash. They were from the private boxes of a wholesaler I cleared out about 18 years ago.



XFpotence XFCampaseatpin XFDelta


All pretty much standard and will have to undergo lightweight treatment eventually if I find out how to. The Deltas were already in the frame when I got it.XFfrontdo:alloywasher

The knurled ring under the wing nut is alloy – another weight weenie bit as they usually are made from steel. Saves two grammes per piece.     XFqrlever  XFrearhub

The Normandy/Simplex combo is lighter than Campag.XFrimScheeren XFScheerenbunt XFScheerenstandard One front, one rear – sensible with the Weltmeisters being that lightweight.

Still a lot of work to do, like rebuilding the rear derailleur with some bits from the boxes, but already it´s a wonderful bike, to say the least.


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