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Old 06-28-15, 06:52 PM
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Old 06-28-15, 07:07 PM
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Good to see the Mooneys! I have one of course, but an sadly still digital camera illiterate. Set up not too differently than yours. Cantilever brakes, but same racks front and rear. (And returned from the farmers market this morning with them filled.)

I also have two American built built ti bikes (TiCycles). (Both have steel forks - does that qualify?) A road bike and a fix gear (designed with a very long road style horizontal/vertical dropout so pulling wheels for cog changes is fast). And a very American, very steel '83 Trek.

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They're spectacular bikes...I really like his work. Would love to see yours...
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Bruce Gordon


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Independent Fabrication


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Vonruden all the bikes are great, but that Bruce Gordon is Fantastic !
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Old 06-28-15, 09:09 PM
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A couple of mine from the 80s.

My 1980 McLean

[IMG]Untitled by gomango1849, on Flickr[/IMG]

My 1986 Kvale

[IMG]Untitled by gomango1849, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Gomango, two very hard to find beauties ! I knew you had looked awhile for a McLean and finally landed one , Congrats !
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Originally Posted by mississippimud
Gomango, two very hard to find beauties ! I knew you had looked awhile for a McLean and finally landed one , Congrats !
Thank you!

The McLean was super tough. Six+ years of looking and waiting for the right one. When I rode the bike yesterday with some friends they thought I was exceptionally cheery.

This Kvale was also a long process and was a three year wait to acquire. I missed the chance many years ago when it was available locally and it was sold to a fellow in Texas.

I was ready to ask Chris Kvale to build a similar frameset when it became available again, so I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

Its geo is very aggressive and it is a quick handler, so I have to mind myself when riding it at speed.

One certainly has to stay on top of matters on fast descents for example.

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1980 TS Isaac US Olympic Team frame:



Homebuilt fixed gear frame:

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Old 06-29-15, 08:15 AM
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@Vonruden I've been eyeballing an Indy Fab frame. Can I get the ride report?
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I used to have two bikes made by Alvin Drysdale. I no longer possess either, but I still have photos.

The first was an "Alvin," probably from 1936, from when Drysdale's bikes were branded "Velox." Made in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. It was an entry-level track bike (and too small for me):





The second was a "Standard" sports tourer, branded with Drysdale's name; made on Canal St, Manhattan. It came to me as a badly repainted frame with 1970's components, but with the original sale receipt that served as a handy guide when I restored it. I did a pretty faithful restoration, going with a 5 speed derailleur rather than 3, and 27" clinchers rather than tubular tires.

The bike fit me perfectly and was a lot of fun to ride, but somehow it just seemed too much of a collector's item rather than a rider. Though a lovely machine, I didn't see the point in owning it.



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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Bruce Gordon


Chris Chance


Ellis


JP Weigle




Independent Fabrication


Ritchey


Kirk


Richard Sachs
you have a very stunning collection. i love the blue and yellow weigle, but so many others are so nice.
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Another tandem (pic before going thru phase II change out of parts). Early Santana fillet brazed by Ross Shafer.



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Old 06-29-15, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Bruce Gordon


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JP Weigle




Independent Fabrication


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Richard Sachs
The one Weigle is obviously a solid 4-5 CM smaller than these other bikes...is it just a display bike?
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The smaller Weigle is about 2cm's below my preferred size at 57.5cm. It's actually the larger Weigle at 62cm that is a smidge out of my comfort zone. Both are getting quite a bit of outdoor love, however I would part with the larger one first. Ironically, the original owner of the blue smaller JP is the same height and inseam as me.
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Thanks Flog00 and Mzilliox, the BG is my favorite, with the JP a close 2nd.

Icepick, the Indy Fab is fantastic and has probably had the most miles this year. I"ll pm more later.
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1994ish Burley Duet (Eugene, Or). A work in process. We are currently in the riding stage while looking for a Powder Coat shop since Figure Finishing closed its doors.

[IMG]1994 Burley Duet in the raw , on Flickr[/IMG]

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American handmade from larger operations.


1973ish Schwinn Paramount


1986ish Serotta Nova Special X



1984ish Trek 400



1983 Trek 970



1978 Trek TX900


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Mt two main rides were both brazed in the US

Rivendell Road Standard, made by Waterford Cycles in Waterford, WI

Schwinn Project KOM-10, made by Schwinn in Greenville, MS

I also have a US-made Cannondale MTB, but I haven't ridden that one since I got my fat bike last fall.
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I made a frame, myself, in Oregon in 1975, but All the parts are from Europe , Spanish, French and Italian.

have a touring frame built in 1991, using a lot of parts from the materials used in Burly's tandems, those ,

some tubes, just US industrial chromoly ,

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Here is my 1984 California Masi built by Joe Starck, and My 1972 P-13/9 built by Don Mainland in Racine Wisconsin.
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My Johnny Coast just after I got it back from Peter Weigle who did the '73 Porsche "aubergine" paint

[IMG]Coast in fresh Paint by Mattballman, on Flickr[/IMG]

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