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NORCO MAGNUM SE - INTRO

FINDING THE MAGNUM SE

BUILDING THE MAGNUM SE

RIDING THE MAGNUM SE

 

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FINDING THE NORCO MAGNUM SE

The Norco Magnum SE is the first bicycle, that has entered my personal collection of bicycles, through my volunteer work with Bicycles 4 Humanity (B4H).

B4H is a volunteer organization with a simple vision.  Salvage unwanted bicycles, repair them and then pass the bikes on, to people who really need them.  The Thunder Bay Chapter of B4H has managed to send approximately 3200 bicycles to Namibia, so far, and the next shipment of 500 bicycles is destined for Sierra Leone.  Both, of these impoverished countries, are in desperate need of fundamental transportation opportunities for health care workers, teachers, students and anyone else who can't get around to do their jobs.

B4H sends all kinds of bicycles to these third world countries, mountain bikes being those most preferred.  Children's bikes and even old "Ten Speeds" are included in the B4H offering to needy recipients.  However, considering the poor road conditions in places like Namibia, the "Ten Speed" style of bicycle is somewhat impractical.  With that in mind, my reward for volunteering my time is my choice of any old "Ten Speeds" that are donated to the cause.

I should add, that I find and donate about 200 bikes, a year, on my own.  Following my bicycle finding procedures, I come across hundreds of bicycles each year.  In a single week, I managed to salvage 103 unwanted bicycles from our local Landfill Site, better known as the Dump.  I find a great many bicycles at Yard Sales.  I also pick up bikes that people donate to our endeavour.  I really like being a part of B4H and urge, anyone interested in learning about the vision, to seek out information on the Internet.  B4H chapters are springing up all over the world.  Get involved, you will help to save lives.  You will help to protect Mother Earth.  You will get a good feeling, from participating in such a worthy cause.  You will meet new people, who share your bicycle interests.  And you will get an old road bike or two, if you want.  Or, perhaps an old roadster, or something like it...

At B4H meetings, we plan what we are going to do, to acquire, repair and ship bicycles.  Each Wednesday evening our shop is open for bicycle drop offs.  It was during one of these evenings that Momo, a young man who hails from Sierra Leone, walked through the shop with the Norco, cradled in his arms.  As he came towards me, my interest was immediately captured.  I might add that Momo had a big smile on his face as he approached.

He handed me the bicycle frame set, suggesting that I might be interested in this one.  Momo's accent is strong and my old industrial damaged ears, cannot always understand what he is saying, to me.  But, I had no problem understand what he said that evening.  He told me that an elderly lady had just donated the bicycle and did so with tears in her eyes.  She was sorry, to see her beloved bicycle go, but very happy that it was going to a worthy cause.  She had not used the bicycle, in a long time, and hated the idea of throwing it away at the Dump.  We all hear this same story, time and again, at B4H.

The Norco had no wheels or handlebars, as I recall.  The bottom bracket was also missing but everything else was there.  A Suntour Cyclone transmission caught my eye immediately, as did the Cinelli chromed forks.  The rear drops were also chrome plated, another feature suggesting a quality frame set.  The old bicycle proudly wore its metal head badge, a feature that I really like, and the Norco name was pantographed into the seat stay tops.

The frame set is a beauty, with its long tapered lugs, outlined in gold pin striping that matches the simple gold artwork on the bicycle's down tubes.  Other than that, the only other instance of art work the Magnum Special Edition documentation, written in flowery script, found on the top tube.

All in all, the Norco Magnum Special Edition is a pretty nice bicycle.  Though no tubing decal is present, declaring any material virtues, a finger nail flicked against the tubing brings forth a rich ringing sound, suggesting a chrome moly double or even triple butted frame set.  My Norco Avanti SL is a lesser steed and it sports a full triple butted chrome moly frame set, stays, fork blades and all.  Best guess for my Norco's tube set would be Champion Chrome Moly and double butted tubing.

I rarely drive to the B4H meeting night.  The ride there, and back, is just under twenty miles and I want to be a good example, to the other volunteers.  And the example is working.  Several people now ride to the meeting and proudly announce that they have done so, gently scolding those who chose to drive.  It is, of course, all in good fun.  And the evening the Norco showed up, I had no way of transporting it home.  I had to wait, until the next day, to pick my new favourite bicycle up, and get into putting it together, as quickly as I could.  I really wanted to test ride this great old road bike.

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