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Private
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USA

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Bicycle Details

Bicycle Year
1989
Model
PICS Team Custom "PL"
Frame / Serial Number
Frame Tubing
Likely Tange Prestige (TBD)
Frame size
58 cm
Paint Color
Tri Color
Handlebars / Stem
Cinelli
Fork / Headset
Tange / Stronglight
Wheel Hubs
Dura Ace 7402
Wheel Rims
Mavic MA4
Crankset / Bottom Bracket
Dura Ace 7402
Saddle / Seat Post
San Marco Rolls /
Pedals / Chain
Shifters / Derailers
Dura Ace 7402
Brakes / Brake Levers
Dura Ace 7402
Gearing / Chainring
Other Notes
numerous unique features. For starters, the name on the top tube is Phileppe Lauraire. If you aren't old enough to remember the 1980's and pro cyclists back then, he was a domestique for 1987 Tour De France winner Stephen Roche on Team Fagor and rode in the Tour three times. Now that MAY be who the bike was owned by or built for back in the day but I have not been able to confirm anything yet. It could also have merely belonged to some French dude with a sticker fetish. Other odd traits include internally routed shift cables which are a first for me. I've never seen that on other Panasonics to date. The bike also has many extra Panasonic and Shimano decals which do make me wonder about the history. The head tube badge is a PICS label rather than the Panasonic label which is also strange. Over the years more than a few professional cyclists have ridden Panasonic bicycles. Panasonic DID have a professional cycling team for a while so that would naturally account for their bicycles being ridden by pro cyclists. In early December of 2012 I spotted a rather obscure text-only ad on a southern California Craigslist offering a Panasonic Team bike for sale. I had suspected it was another 1985 Panasonic Team since I see a fair number of them offered for sale around the country. I asked the seller for photos in order to see what he had on his hands and was more than a little shocked at what I got in response. The bike was a Team Custom PICS frame with full Dura Ace. Most unexpected! As for the name on the top tube, it is possible that this bike may have been owned by the famous French rider, Phillepe Lauraire who rode professionally from 1983 until the early 90′s. I had remembered his name from my childhood and for some reason associated him with a more famous rider by the name of Stephen Roche who happened to win the 1987 Tour de France. Lauraire was a domestique for Roche on Team Fagor and rode in the Tour three times. Certainly a more impressive cycling career than my own!
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