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" At this point, I should have slammed my laptop shut. In the absence of such an easy tell (which, alas, is the case with the frame in question) there are other visual clues.

Specifically he is known as an early adapter of fillet brazed construction, and for his exceptionally lightweight machines. Well, our mutual friend - the one who got us together - challenged me as follows: To fit the Sablière frameset with period-correct components of the sort the builder himself would have used, and see how the result compared to my 2012 Seven Axiom - or, a typical carbon fibre bike seen at club rides today, for that matter. Of course, to fit the frameset with period-correct components, it must be known what the 'correct' period is. Often the date itself will be part of that serial number, or stamped next to it.

The spacing between the rear and fork dropouts are consistent with 1960s manufacture.

Still, after several tries I managed to get replicable measurements.

Still, its lack of markings makes it difficult to prove both this, and its age, definitively - which is frustrating, but also exciting, as it infuses the project with some degree of mystery.

The 1570gr frameset is a beautiful shade of shimmery cerulean blue and, aside from the tidy fillet-brazing, has some other cool features.

To confirm this, the measurements began - which for me, was pure torture, as I am hardly the most precise person in the world and seem to find it a challenge to even hold a ruler or a set of calipers straight.

" "Because maybe then you'll believe that a bike from the 1960s can rival a modern racer in weight and performance." "I already believe. I really, really don't need another fr..." "Another frame?! To my eye, the 700C frame - in its aesthetics alone - suggested the mid-1960s, and with this my friend agreed.

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