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Anyone Familiar with Tim Paterek Bikes?

Old 06-24-17, 01:44 PM
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Anyone Familiar with Tim Paterek Bikes?

I know Tim Paterek is known for his frame building manuals but is anyone familiar with the bikes he made? I am looking at a mid to late '80s bike that he built and wanted to hear from others that know about his bikes. Any opinions would be helpful.
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Originally Posted by rjhammett
I know Tim Paterek is known for his frame building manuals but is anyone familiar with the bikes he made? I am looking at a mid to late '80s bike that he built and wanted to hear from others that know about his bikes. Any opinions would be helpful.

I think his work was highly under-rated.

I owned one of his track bikes thirty-five years ago.

The lug work was outstanding.

Fantastic performer back while I still had legs for that sort of folly.

FWIW I bumped into a fellow at the Nature Valley Grand Prix 7-8 years ago.

His TP was super nice. imho

DSCN3816 by gomango1849, on Flickr

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I would love to find one of his sport tourers.
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For the princely sum of $130, it would be in the car by now.
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Originally Posted by nesteel
For the princely sum of $130, it would be in the car by now.

True, but check the fork closely on the bike.
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I passed on the bike. It was huge (66cm ctc). It looks like the left blade suffered some trauma. Below the crown there was a 2 inch section where the paint was missing. I also held a piece of string down the center of the headtube and down the blade and it was pushed back a bit on the left side. The right side seemed ok.
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Originally Posted by rjhammett
I passed on the bike. It was huge (66cm ctc). It looks like the left blade suffered some trauma. Below the crown there was a 2 inch section where the paint was missing. I also held a piece of string down the center of the headtube and down the blade and it was pushed back a bit on the left side. The right side seemed ok.

Good call.

The fork looked shot and that was a humongo tt.

Still, a nice piece of Midwest lore.....

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Tim did very nice work - too bad this one didn't work out.

Back in '84 I helped manage a small bike shop for someone and it was a shop that Tim had started in River Falls WI. He lived nearby and would bike in every so often and chat. I learned a lot from him and he was a great wealth of bike knowledge. I would occasionally stop at his home workshop and see what he was up to.

He used to have people come in for a week and work with him to build their own bikes. Unfortunately I didn't have the coin at the time to do it and sure wish I would have. He would build all styles and had a beautiful tandem he'd ride into the shop with his daughter along. Cool thing about it was it was set up for touring and he put a fill cap and a petcock in the oversized connecting bottom tube for storing camp stove fuel.
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I bought his frame building book direct a few years ago. Several months later, another appeared in the mail. Two days later an email came from Tim, saying he accidentally sent me a book that was supposed to go to another person. I was just about to send it back when he emailed again and said he'd be in the Beaverton area that weekend and could come by and pick it up. Turns out he lives in Vancouver, WA, just across the river from Portland, OR. He came by, we talked for a good hour before he left with book in hand. Real great guy, encouraged me to build a frame, I'd only been moding them. About 6 months later I had the opportunity to take the UBI course.

Reading through his book it's obvious that he has a bias towards a certain range of frame designs. I'm good with that, you can't put everything there is about frames in one book. It's good to start with a tried and true method and branch off from there.
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I spotted a Paterek tandem a couple was carrying on the back of their motorhome near Duluth, MN two weeks ago! Gorgeous frame, polished SS seat stay caps, tons of classic parts (Campy, Phil Wood x Wolber wheels, Jim Blackburn rack and cages, etc, etc. I didn't talk to the owner but I creeped on the bike early one morning!
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I have had 2 of Tims frames. One was too small, my fault and I still have the other.He hung up his torch back in 2000 something or late 90,s I will have to look up my paper work because I have one of his last frames.He moved to Vancouver Wa. and teaches metal classes at a local college. When he built mine he was working out of his garage and just getting ready to sell off his big gear,mills ect.If you are looking at a frame from an orginal owner then he should have all the data sheets because tim used his cad program to design each frame.He was and is great. Treated me like family when working with him. It rides like a dream. Stiff and light for steel. It is OS tange prestige and jp wingle drops along with henery james stainless lugs.Joe bell paint. If you find one grab it.
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I just bought one


On my way home from work last Friday, I detoured for a yard sale, saw a bike in the yard, got out of the car to take a look. The bike had no headbadge or serial number, and no marking save for a decal on the top tube with Tim Paterek's signature. The women running the sale thought it was a French bike. Another man shopping the sale declared it was a Schwinn Varsity. As if! But the women told me the owner of the bike would know more, and fortunately for me, he arrived shortly thereafter.

This man spoke with a clipped accent, so I may have misunderstood him; but he stated firmly several times that this bike was a Peugeot (he pronounced it with accent on the first syllable), and the name on the bike was a racer who had the bike custom-built for him.

He said invited me to take a ride on it, so I did. Still believing it to be a Peugeot, despite the absence of any supporting evidence, I took a quick spin up the block and back, and my, was it smooth. Put a big smile on my face.

I rode back and parked it and demurred on buying it because I had promised my wife to bring home no more bikes until I unload a few more. But when I got home, I looked up Tim Paterek online and learned what you all know, so I knew the owner gave me misinformation.

So I went back Saturday morning, found the bike still there, sign saying "$65 OBO". I offered $50 to the nice lady and she accepted.

Somehow I forgot to take a picture of the entire bike. It has a Simplex FD, Suntour RD and 3TTT handlebar, Grand Compe brake levers, Avocet cranks, and my photos are too out of focus to see the rest. I will take better photos when I get home after work.

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More about the Tim Paterek bicycle

I sent an e-mail to Tim Paterek with a couple photos of the bike, asking him for any information about it. Through a series of exchanges in which he requested more close-up photos, he has determined that it is one of his early frames, pre-1982. That disappointed me a little bit because I was expecting it was made with Reynolds 753 tubing, but he was certain this frame was built before he was certified on 753.

Tim said he lost all his records in a hard drive crash in 1998, so he could only guess at the age of the frame. But the presence of a Zeus 2000 fork crown, which was designed to accept continental oval fork blades, suggests that the frame cannot be Reynolds 531, leaving Columbus -- probably SP -- as the likeliest tubing. Still a nice light frame.
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