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    Corky

    Taken to be built in approximately 1971 this bike was built on long island new york in the golden era of cycling and was the bicycle of many local heros I am sure, probably similar to Marinoni in the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, the early 1970s were the twilight years for Mr. Gulbransen, he learned from one of the great american builders, Dick Power, and took over his shop in the late 1950s (I believe) and continued to build into the early 1970s. He went on to become a champion wood carver, a true artist. I think this artistry comes through in the details of this frame found in 2006 on ebay by forum member Little Darwin and graciously given away for the cost of shipping.



    Over the following two year the bike was painted by forum member Dr. Deltron in Marina California. There were many setbacks with trying to get decals (Mr. Gulbransen provided original DT transfers). As many of you know velographics struck some hard times but right before then I got the 531 decals, we had many a mishap with the head and seat tube decals and I don't think we ever got it right. It's no suprise that when I opened up the box after the frame had been painted I immeditaly noticed a huge error in the 531 decals. They are single colour on clear vinyl and the 531 green is way to dark because of the blue paint behind the decal. It should have been printed on a white layer like the lovely Fiamme rim decals from cyclmondo. Aside from the 531 decals and the paint being a little to think I'm fairly happy with how it turned out.

    During these two years I collected parts, I was trying to do it cheep as a grad student (just graduated) so the parts are all used. Only a few are NOS as I happened to make lucky scores here and there. I mad many bad choice like a set of wheels on ebay that came with damage to the one good part and the rest of them were so corroded they would not do, I think I may have used one rim from those wheels in the end. However, both rims are old and not in the best of shape, I will keep an eye out for a deal on some NOS ones... not likely to happen anytime soon. I also did the same thing with a set of cranks. I purchased 2 sets of 177.5mm no date code record and in my mind I thought for a while I was going to use some TA cranks. I bought and sold a headset, several stems and freewheels, in fact the freewheel I used was only aquire a month ago. There are som marks here and there, little imperfections on most components, but I did the best I could with what I had, almost every component required polishing. In fact I think the only anodizing left is on the brake caliper arms. So here it is:




    Parts:

    Corky Gulbransen double butted tubes, forks and stays frameset with prugnat long point lugs and comapagnolo drop-outs.
    Cinelli Milano oval logo 1960s first generation 1A stem with 12mm nut and 7mm allen binder.
    Cinelli Campione del Mondo olg logo 42cm bars
    Campagnolo record period headset with <c> on lower cup and lines on locknut
    Campagnolo Nuovo Record period Bottom bracket, with NOS spindle
    Campagnolo Nuovo Record cranks 177.5 no date code (big ring has pin and should not)
    Campagnolo Record steel pedals with toe strap loop
    Christophe special old logo toe clips
    NOS AFA (christope) toe straps
    Campagnolo Record 1968-1971 Front Derailleur
    Campagnolo Nuovo Record patent -71 rear derailleur
    Campagnolo Record Bar End shifters
    NOS suntour wound cable housing and shift cables
    NOS Tressostar white bar tape
    Campagnolo Nuovo Record Brake Levers with correct early version circular cable hole
    Reproduction hoods
    Campagnoo Record Brake calipers, earliest version with logo on arms (brev. Camp center bolts etc..)
    Campagnolo Record 2 bolt, no insertion line, early and period correct seatpost
    Cinelli Unicanitor #2 saddle pre cinelli logo on back – period correct
    Campagnolo record high flange rear hub 1968
    Campagnolo record high flange front hub 1974
    Fiamme sprint red label tubular rims
    old wolber tubulars for display only
    DT swiss DB competition spokes and nipples
    NOS campagnolo chromed steel TT cable clips/guides
    NOS Regina Oro Chain
    Regina extra oro 13-17 5s 2 pring period correct freewheel
    TA specialties water bottle cage

    Some more photos, not great.. I'll have to go a better photoshoot outdoors, I'm not the best with a camera.










    A few more photos here, but I have to take some better ones still.
    http://s83.photobucket.com/albums/j282/abier622/Corky/
    Last edited by cyclotoine; 10-07-08 at 10:51 PM.
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    what is this thread about? are you gloating? are you rubbing in my face that you have an amazing bike with my name on it? That bike is great and using used parts requires no appology. I would hope that that bike had the crap ridden out of it and if your bike represents that bike 2-3 years into it's life is no less noble than building a bike that represents how the bike came off the floor. That freewheel is money! you have to be a champ to pedal a bike with that cluster on the back. nice bike, I hate you.

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    Fantastic!
    Such a beautiful build! And the attention and research (and funds no less) to build it up in that fashion.....Geez. Just stunning!
    My fav part of the frame is the rear dropouts......I love the way the seat stays end and the dropout kinda surrounds the ends. Awesome quality. That builder obviously knew what he was doing and truely cared about his craft.
    Dr. D's work is very nice too. Love the striping and extra lil dots to set it off a bit. That clear coat sure is flat! It's like glass.
    Love it!
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    It,s resto,s and rebuilds like this bike that make me proud to be a memeber of this forum,to take something close to death and give it a rebirth with such attention to detail with quality work performed at every stage is truely inspiring,I hope all the young guy,s who frequent this hallowed forum study the "Pics" and realize they are in the presence of greatness,you Sir are a magician and I for one salute you !

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    Anthony,

    Corky rides again! That is a triumph in itself! And it does so with great style and flair. We can never make a build perfect--- nothing is in life. We can just strive for the best and considering the resurrection history of Corky, which began with Little Darwin on ebay, you have breathed powerful new life into a well worn and rather rare bike.

    The Gulbransen family must be proud, because you had time, the patience, the money, and the dedication to collaborate with so many in order to bring Corky back from the grave. My hat is off to you for such a fine restoration!
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    That bike clearly wound up in the right hands. Spectacular job. I would shorten up the rear brake cable just a tad, which I'll hasten to mention I wouldn't have noticed were it not for the fact that every other atom is just as it should be.

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    The legend at last! Congratulations cyclotoine, that bike is a work of art and a labor of love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbonamici View Post
    That bike clearly wound up in the right hands. Spectacular job. I would shorten up the rear brake cable just a tad, which I'll hasten to mention I wouldn't have noticed were it not for the fact that every other atom is just as it should be.
    I also noticed that, and I will do so. I also should have washed all that NOS regina grease off the chain before installing it! It's everywhere.

    Thank-you for all the compliments everyone, this is over 2 years later, it's been a long road. I'm going to savour it a while before I glue on some better tires and ride it. I also have a set of wienmann concaves 27" laced to black dura-ace high flange hubs.... a friend of mine sold them to me and I have yet to go get them, they will likely be the wheel of choice for sunday rides. In the end it couldn't be in NOS condition because I'd never get to ride it. I have a wider range regina oro that isn't period correct and I have a regina G.S. extra freewheel in a wider range that is period correct. I decided in the end when I just happen to come across this freewheel in the used community bike shop in vancouver that it would be appropriate. I'm not going to climb any mountains on this bike and it is supposed to be a crit bike racing a few blocks in the streets of newyork, a straightblock would likely have been the freewheel of choice then.
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    nothing I can add to the compliments: it's a masterwork...job well done, to you and to the Dr.

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    Are those male bottle bosses? I don't recall seeing those prior to 1974.

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    Nice. So nice.

    Did you send some photos to Mr. Gulbransen? He will be thrilled, no doubt.

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    OK, I'm kicking myself for not checking the forum this morning before leaving for ork, but right now my living room looks about like Corky when Dr. Deltron stripped the frame, ready for paint.

    I'm looking forward to getting home and out from behind this pesky firewall to see the pictures.

    Congrats on getting the build done Anthony! I know there were a lot of hurdles along the way.

    And the unveiling did beat Rad's Tete, unless there is another photo thread waiting over in the Road Cycling forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    . . . (snip)

    And the unveiling did beat Rad's Tete, unless there is another photo thread waiting over in the Road Cycling forum.

    You have got to be kidding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lotek View Post
    You have got to be kidding.
    What thread is this? I must have missed it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    Are those male bottle bosses? I don't recall seeing those prior to 1974.
    No they are not, the bolts are standard M5, 8mm hex head, but they have slots in them so I could use a standard screw driver. Dr. Deltron painted them with the frame! A very nice detail and I appreciate it since I was wondering how I was going to tighten down an 8mm campy bolt.
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    Having followed the saga of Corky for the past couple of years, I am really pleased at how beautiful it came out! You did an outstanding job, as did Dr. Deltron.

    Thanks for posting the pictures!
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    Very nice Anthony. I do have to note that you have a great bicycle - while all I got was the t-shirt.

    Congrats to Little Darwin and Dr. Deltron for major assists.
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    Stunning!!!!!

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    Did you have trouble getting those brake cable clips on with the thick paint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop View Post
    Did you have trouble getting those brake cable clips on with the thick paint?
    Not sure if this is sarcastic of not. I mean no offense to Dr. D. he is a true artist, and for all I know, I don't know what I am talking about. I did have trouble getting the rear axle in and had to chip off paint to get it in, I also had to chip off paint on the rear derailleur hanger to get it to pivot freely. I also cracked the paint on the binder bolt area. I may try and super glue the chip back in place by the binder bolt though. But my comment was as much about that as it was about the obscurity of the words campagnolo on the cable guides and drop-outs. They're pretty "filled-in". That said I am still satisfied with the product I got. I thought about what I would say when I finished the bike and I thought I should be 100% honest. And to be 100% honest the paint is thicker than I would like. But I never saw the frame before, for all I know it had to be that thick to cover up the bondo in the small dents here and there and the pitting around some of the lugs etc...
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    Beautiful!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine View Post
    Not sure if this is sarcastic of not. I mean no offense to Dr. D. he is a true artist, and for all I know, I don't know what I am talking about. I did have trouble getting the rear axle in and had to chip off paint to get it in, I also had to chip off paint on the rear derailleur hanger to get it to pivot freely. I also cracked the paint on the binder bolt area. I may try and super glue the chip back in place by the binder bolt though. But my comment was as much about that as it was about the obscurity of the words campagnolo on the cable guides and drop-outs. They're pretty "filled-in". That said I am still satisfied with the product I got. I thought about what I would say when I finished the bike and I thought I should be 100% honest. And to be 100% honest the paint is thicker than I would like. But I never saw the frame before, for all I know it had to be that thick to cover up the bondo in the small dents here and there and the pitting around some of the lugs etc...
    That's twice you've accused me of being sarcastic when I've asked you a simple question. I only asked because I had trouble getting Campagnolo clips over the thick clearcoat on my Peugeot. I had better luck with Simplex clips.

    I can't see the pictures because they block them somehow here at work, but I'm sure it looks great. I saw the pictures of the bare frame.

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    That is truly gorgeous! True rebirth of a classic road bike. Congratulations to Cycletoine for perseverance, effort & patience, to Dr D. for a stunning finish and to Little Darwin for saving it in the first place - all in all a great partnership and look at the result.
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    SHe is a beauty. Reminds me of my 70's bike, fully campy record, Fiamme reds and Clement silks. What a sweet ride that was.
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    A stunning effort! What a classic, so much detail and beauty.
    I can understand the paint thickness causing some irritation. I've seen similar frustrations by custom motorcycle builders who get fine paint jobs applied, in even thickness and not thin. Only to discover the finish interfered with tolerances upon re-assembly.
    All mating surfaces must be chased, reamed, tapped. If this was done on Corky, you might have prevented the chips.
    Dr. D. probably could have feathered the paint in certain areas, but a consistent coat thickness is the goal.
    Overall, the paint looks gorgeous, and I love the pinstriping quality around the lugs.
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