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Old 11-21-07, 01:57 AM   #1
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING . . . Corky!

Just in time for the Holidays!

First shots of the fabled frame, right here, right now. All done.



Finally!
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Old 11-21-07, 03:10 AM   #2
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Beautiful blue, nice crest too.
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Old 11-21-07, 08:10 AM   #3
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I think cyclotoine will be very pleased. Me too. Means one less in line ahead of Shadowfax.
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Not to mention that this must mean that MsMixte is now at the front of the line.

Very nice! Cyclotoine will be very pleased .

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What a great job!

Time to search for the old thread for those who weren't around to see the before pictures.
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Here is the Identification thread... with some before pictures.

Another identification thread.

EDIT: Dr. D. After looking at the before pictures it reminded me... How does the seatpost lug look with the rattle can paint removed? With the old paint, I could never really tell if it was just a finely filed lug or if it was pushed into the top tube...

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Old 11-21-07, 09:18 AM   #8
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Well done!
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Fantastic.
Anthony is going to love it!
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... with some before pictures.
OMG!

That sure puts things in perspective!
It's been so long, I had forgotten how fugly it was to start with!

Thanks for posting those LD!
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Not to mention that this must mean that MsMixte is now at the front of the line.

Very nice! Cyclotoine will be very pleased .

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Patience my dear! Don't forget about the Super Sport that's in that mix!

Dr.D., Corky looks absolutely stunnnnning! Anthony should be pleased beyond all descriptions.
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Breathtaking for me... I nearly teared up. Thanks Dr. D.... it is a joyous day to be sure. Can't wait for the next set of photos, but I guess those have to wait for the paint to cure before you can install the headset.
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Patience my dear! Don't forget about the Super Sport that's in that mix!

Dr.D., Corky looks absolutely stunnnnning! Anthony should be pleased beyond all descriptions.
Oh yes . Sorry, did not mean to cut in there .

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beautiful job doc, now you just have to look out for the pastor and easthill, haha. They seem to be very excited!
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A little Background:

Corky was gifted to me almost a year ago. I am technically the owner of corky though I have never seen it and it still resides in the US.
Corky is made from Reynolds 531 double butted tubes stays and forks and measures 62x59 c-c. The drop outs are campagnolo as are the cable guides, the lugs are simple prugnat with tear shaped windows.This is what corky looked like when little darwin found it:

Corky was made on long island New York by Corky Gulbransen around 1971. Mr. Gulbransen built bikes that competed on an international stage, like the worlds in mexico. He had ceased building by the mid 1970s... Corky had taken over from dick power (did he apprentice?) probably in the late mid to late 50s.

Very little is known about corky other than he built the bikes of choice for local racers in the 1960s and early 70s. He is still alive today and residing in california. He was pleased to hear someone was restoring one of his bicycles and gladly supplied a set of original downtube decals for the project free of charge.

I have slowly collected a full period correct nuovo record group with cinelli old logo parts to finish it off (including a unicanitor saddle)

This bike was specifically designed for racing criteriums and is set up for barcons only:


for more pictures of corky before restoration please see my album:
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The other american builder of the same period who is more well known is Eisentraut. Up until the 70s there were few American builder doing the kind of quality work Albert Eisentraut and the almost unknown Corky Gulbransen were doing.
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Is the Corky who carves wildfowl the SAME Corky who made your bike?

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Is the Corky who carves wildfowl the SAME Corky who made your bike?

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Yes actually! unless there is another Corky Gulbransen.

Quite the craftsman, He does quite well in the advanced level in wood carving competitions (based on about half an hour if googling).

I was in the wood carving capital of Switzerland (the world maybe) in October... strange.
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Old 11-21-07, 02:25 PM   #18
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Wow, is all I can say Dr. D.!

Dr. Deltron, FANTASTIC PAINT JOB!!! The Decals look great. Thanks for letting me a part of this project. JR.

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Very little is known about corky other than he built the bikes of choice for local racers in the 1960s and early 70s. He is still alive today and residing in california. He was pleased to hear someone was restoring one of his bicycles and gladly supplied a set of original downtube decals for the project free of charge.
He sounds like a great guy, you could easily ride Corky down the coast and show it to him once it is built up. What components are you going to go with for Corky? I am a big fan of modern components on a vintage frame but I am not sure if this would work for Corky, perhaps period-correct would be nice but I suppose that gets into some expensive territory.

Great job Doc, the bike looks great.
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beautiful job doc, now you just have to look out for the pastor and easthill, haha. They seem to be very excited!
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I know, I know, I'm shuffling back to the end of the queue .

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What components are you going to go with for Corky? I am a big fan of modern components on a vintage frame but I am not sure if this would work for Corky, perhaps period-correct would be nice but I suppose that gets into some expensive territory.
full period record.

-no date code 177.5mm record cranks 52/42 patent campagnolo rings, incl. patent dust caps
-record steel pedals with extra strap loop (i.e. earlier model)
-christophe special toe clips old logo, black christope toe straps and i might put on black leather covers on the clips
-nuovo record thick cup BB, including correct sleeve and crank bolts
-Record high flange 36 hole hubs, proper flat QR skewers and sharp cone shaped nuts
-Fiamme Red label tubulars (new decals from cyclemondo)
-tires: undecided
-correct circular hole nuovo record brake levers
-correct early campagnolo record calipers (no rubber on brake blocks (removed by me), campagnolo brev. cams, brev. camp. center bolts, flat QRs etc etc...)
-Scott mathauser pads or original (undecided)
-cinelli old logo 115mm 1A stem with hex nut bar clamp and 7mm binder bolt (pre 1972)
-Cinelli old logo 66-42 campione del mondo handlebars
-record barcons with blue covers
-pat. 71 nuovo record RD
-first generation nuovo record FD (flat cage, no protrusion, no c-clip), i.e. pre-1973.
-nuovo record 2 bolt seatpost (unfortunately not period correct, it has the min insertion line, anyone want to trade? 27.2mm it's in great shape).
-Nos regina extra freewheel (2 prong remover type) 5 speed 13-19
-NOS regina extra oro chain.
-cinelli unicanitor #2 black suede no CINELLI on back (i.e. early 70s)
-I'll be using black cloth tape

Am I forgetting anything? I have a lot of polishing to do. oh, and I have to order some repo world logo hood from the fellow on CR. It was epensive but not that expensive. I had resigned myself to things not being 100 percent period and I had all the parts but when the opportunity came along I would pick stuff up. Like the calipers which were missing a set of holders but I got for $50 shipped, I had to clean them and replace some of the hardware (luckily I bought a lot of small NOS bits a couple years ago). The cranks are in rough shape though I had to grind them down around the pedal holes due to some really bad flaking and they aren't perfect but I hope to hide it by polishing them out. Dr. D. graciously provided the correct brake levers (which would have cost a fortune on their own) but the lever blades must be removed stripped and polished, I'll loose a bit of the campy logo but I want the bike to shine. The stem, I don't know how I got it so cheep but I did. It's got a bit of rust on the steel bits but it's probably 40 years old, it has it's share of insertion marks but I'll polish it out too. The handle bars and the stem I was originally going to use came on a bike I bought for a friend, I replaced the cinelli stuff with matching new logo (he agreed to this since he isn't a retro grouch and I was putting up my money while he sourced the money to pay me back). The derailleur came along on CR as well... I already hade one I was going to use but then a 1971 came up, which was perfect. and so it goes. The wheels are in terrible shape, I am still sort of look for a front hub replacement because the flange go gouged up in shipping. They're corroded too but again power polishing should cheer things up. The rims have to be power polished as well. On and on it goes... Some of these parts I had before Corky was on the scene (cranks pedals) and others have trickled in. Just last week I traded a turbo and a concor saddle for the cinelli straight up. Score! Oh and NOS TT cable clips of course... I already had the headset, but it isn't period correct, i need the lower cup with the <C> but I have to draw the line somewhere.
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Beautiful! Can't wait to see it fully assembled.
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John, you already received one bike from Dr.D. Some of us are still waiting on our first one. Ahem!

You have to admit though, that Corky comes with a great story and history. My Super Sport will just be another fillet brazed Schwinn from Chicago. This is much more interesting to read. For some reason, I always thought that Corky had been built in Ireland or Wales--- and not Long Island.
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some better "in the mean time" teasers before the REAL photos



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