Viscount bicycles!!

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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Whippet » 6 Sep 2019, 12:54pm

Very nice, looks like an Aerospace to me. Don’t know if it’s a Sport or a Pro. Looks like it has the original “Death Fork” as well. You’d do well to check which version of fork it is before you do too many miles on it. Version 3 is generally considered safest, but it’s up to you how much you want to risk a 40 year old fork that had a slightly notorious reputation.

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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby martin biggs » 6 Sep 2019, 12:58pm

Whippet wrote:Very nice, looks like an Aerospace to me. Don’t know if it’s a Sport or a Pro. Looks like it has the original “Death Fork” as well. You’d do well to check which version of fork it is before you do too many miles on it. Version 3 is generally considered safest, but it’s up to you how much you want to risk a 40 year old fork that had a slightly notorious reputation.


It's a mark 3 version so more than happy to ride on it

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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Whippet » 8 Sep 2019, 3:43pm

Few snaps of my Metro 3 £50 eBay bargain. It’s in great condition for 39 years old.
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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Niallmo » 14 Sep 2019, 7:09am

So I have a Viscount.

A late model, possibly UK made, not an Aerospace, a Grand Prix. Shimano Altus LT derailleurs and shifters, SR chainset, ‘bars and stem. Shimano hubs with Rigida rims. Added ESGE mudguards.it looks all original, has a World Champions 1980 sticker. I rode it 20 miles home from picking it up and it felt really good. It has Michelin 1” tyres but they are beyond saving. Needs adegrease and polish but it should come up very well.
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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Whippet » 16 Sep 2019, 6:28pm

That looks just the job Niallmo

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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Niallmo » 7 Oct 2019, 3:19pm

I think it came up nicely! I’ve put a sealed BB and 50/34 chainset on it for practical reasons. It’s a great ride. Did 40 miles the other day and have done a few commutes in it and it’s excellent.
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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Branchinho » 12 Nov 2019, 6:58pm

Hi, I’ve found this in the back of my garden. Any idea if this is one of the better ones being aerospace and any idea how much this is worth. I realise only the frame is worth keeping.. thanks!
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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby martin biggs » 12 Nov 2019, 8:27pm

Branchinho wrote:Hi, I’ve found this in the back of my garden. Any idea if this is one of the better ones being aerospace and any idea how much this is worth. I realise only the frame is worth keeping.. thanks!


That looks good , as long as the stem and seat post are free to move anywhere between £50 and upwards for the complete bike

Where are you based ?

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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Niallmo » 20 Feb 2020, 12:19pm

Hi Gang, I be just picked this up. Aerospace Sport. Drivetrain and rear wheel changed but pretty original. Late 70’s? I think it should have Shimano 600 derailleurs...

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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Niallmo » 20 Feb 2020, 12:22pm

I’ve tidied it up a bit and given it a basic clean. It’s wearing the wheels from my Viscount Grand Prix now. Looks well used but treated well, good drivetrain upgrade and it’s had the paint touched up in places.
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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Niallmo » 20 Feb 2020, 12:32pm

Frame number!
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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Callahan » 7 Apr 2020, 12:15pm

I was a Viscount dealer in the US. I kept the Dealer Manual provided by Yamaha. Here’s a link to it.

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Re: Viscount bicycles!!

Postby Cyril » 7 Apr 2020, 10:36pm

Viscount Sports. Bought 3 in 1976 from Langsett Cycles in Sheffield on my return to cycling having last cycled in 1957 prior to call up for National Service. Having 2 young sons; 11 & 12 at the time, and being an absolute duffer at ball games, decided that cycling would be my best way to relate with them in a positive way. All three of us are still cycling so worked out well. Seem to remember that for mine I paid, like a previous contributor, £89 with the boys being cheaper. The youngest boys having a chromed steel chain set with 160mm cranks the others being aluminium. All single ring. Quite light for the time. Recollect had a good evening ride with several considerable younger men into North Derbyshire and on the climbs left them standing. Doesn’t happen these days regrettably. My boys grew out of theirs and I swopped mine, which had a slight crease by that time in the bottom side of the down tube where the changer stop was located, for a bigger replacement for the elder boy. We all have good and fond memories of our Viscounts.