quiksilver wrote:This is mine before conversion.
Thanks for the photo.
Dead easy to ID this one. I should know, I had one!! It is a UK 1978 Viscount Sebring or - but it is extremely unlikely - a re imported 1976 US only Viscount Sebring. The frames were lugged and made in Taiwan. Bottom bracket shell was threaded for conventional cup and cone bearings. Not a bad frame really but it is worth bearing in mind that it was not made from "Aerospace", Reynolds or Columbus type tubing. Considering the parts Viscount Sebring's came with e.g. Shimano 600, Tourney, SR, etc. it was amazing value at £85 in 1978.
The Viscount "Aerospace" bikes - Pro, GP, Victor, Sport, Grand Tour, GPM - were the ones with the posher fillet brazed frames made of aerospace spec. chromoly steel tubing. The first year of Viscount's production, 1974 saw just 3 models for sale: Aerospace Pro either with tubs or clinchers and an Aerospace GP.
It may sound hard to believe with all the factually incorrect stuff circulated on the internet but the Aeropscae Pro was a hugely successful road and cyclocross race bike. In the US for instance Mick Ives and other team mates really showed the home grown racers the backs of their tyres in 1976. Even more amazing was the fact that most of the race wins were on completely stock 'Pro's plucked off the shop floor. Viscount wanted to build a £100 race bike that actually won races. They did. Lots. It must have been a real worry for the bigger British manufacturers seeing their race division bikes which cost as much as five times more being wiped out by £100 Campy free local bike shop sourced bikes!!! Heady days.