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Old 12-03-2018, 12:43 PM
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Nice bike built by Martelly of Belgium

Saw this one advertised locally as a Ribble bike but looking at the pictures I spotted one seemed to be a quality built old frame. Posted some pics around and with some help from others I was pointed to Eddy Martens of Martelly bikes in Belgium as the builder. Contacted him and he confirmed making the bike back in 1995. Didn't know how it wound up looking like it does now but did say back then he made bikes for a Belgium wholesaler using the Diamond brand. Contacted Ribble and they responded twice but with no real answers. Anyway, I've wound up with a really nice 1985 frame with a pretty sweet paint job. Thinking of yanking the decals though. The bike was a respectable 21 lbs 11 ozs as in the pictures but I got it down to 20 lbs 3 ozs just by swapping on a set of modern wheels.

Now some pics of how it looked after I picked it up and wiped it down.



Has some sweet lugs on it along with an internal cable and race tab braze-on:







Mismatched parts:









Nice bars and stem:



Lightweight Columbus SL tubing:



I would be nice be nice to know how the bike wound up painted like this with the Ribble decals. The decals are going to be removed I think. Since not originally to the bike, they don't do anything for it.
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:55 PM
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That color is outrageous! I love it. Cool bike.
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:46 PM
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a beauty!
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:01 PM
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That color alone is worth owning!
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Old 12-13-2018, 03:16 PM
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I have a 1985 new track frame from Martelly. Been sitting for years , now is the time.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:56 PM
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I have a 1985 new track frame from Martelly. Been sitting for years , now is the time.
Build it up and then share it with us..
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Old 12-14-2018, 03:31 PM
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Wow that is great looking for some reason I actually like the Ribble decals. I don't think they detract from the frame and the font is kind of 80's style. The Shimano 600 is a good solid group. Now maybe a set of nice tubulars shod with Veloflex tires and that would really put it over the top.
Have fun.
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Old 12-15-2018, 12:01 AM
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Build it up and then share it with us..
Here is an old online pic. Not a good one.
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:42 PM
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Close up of stay cap
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:27 AM
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Nice, I like the name on the seatstay cap detail.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:42 AM
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Nice, I like the name on the seatstay cap detail.
Fork crown also.
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