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Old 11-30-18, 08:44 AM
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Cyclops Custom Build







I lucked into this one on my local CL (not getting a lot of sleep does have it's benefits!). From what little I can find about Cyclops bikes and Mike Mulholland, they are well regarded and were used by some highly ranked Canadian riders in the 1980's to 1990's. I also understand that Mr. Mulholland passed away in 2005. I googled the name of the person for whom this frame was built and a person by that name won a Canadian Open Seniors title in 1998. The frame is 50 X 50 and came with 650 wheels. It has Shimano dropouts on the rear and Gipiemme on the front drops. There are markings on the BB, but my old eyes can not decipher them. There are no other decals other than the Cyclops brand.
Can anyone tell me more about this frame and the relative rarity?
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Old 11-30-18, 09:24 AM
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Nice find! There's a few Cyclops threads on here but as you've found there's not a great deal of information. I have no idea the number of Cyclops frames built, but it's probably a relatively low number overall.

I lucked into a Jocelyn Lovell frame a few years ago. (The pictures here are from the day I brought it home with a mishmash of parts; I've cleaned it up and updated it but I'm at work and I don't have access to any recent photos right now.)

Jocelyn Lovell was a Canadian who kicked everyone's butt on road and track in the 70s. His specialty was the kilo record; he custom designed a crank setup that basically automatically shifted after he reached a certain speed so he could start faster (which was promptly banned LOL). He also apprenticed under Giuseppe Marinoni as a framebuilder before setting up his own shop in Toronto. He produced a very small number of frames -- I haven't found any conclusive evidence but there was an archive of an old message board thread that suggested it was somewhere around 100 frames. His cycling and framebuilding career was tragically cut short when he was run over by a truck on a training ride and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He died relatively recently.

(I understand that in the Marinoni documentary, The Fire in the Frame, they go into some detail on Marinoni's lifelong friendship with Lovell. I haven't watched it yet but it's on my list.)

After his injury, Lovell sold his business to Mike Mulholland, who produced Cyclops frames for a number of years. I don't really know a great deal about that other than he died in 1995, as you said, and I think maybe his son was involved too.






Not really relevant to your question, but if you're wondering how a frame built by a boutique racer-turned-builder ended up in the hands of some fred in Kansas 30 years later -- my bike was custom built for a member of the Canadian national team in the early 80s. This person raced for a few years, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Alex Stieda and Steve Bauer, before retiring from racing and pursuing a professional career which ultimately landed him in Kansas City. Fast forward several years, he preparing to move to another state for personal reasons and, having not ridden the bike in a number of years, decided it was time to pass it along. I just happened to see the craigslist ad at the right time and managed to jump on the deal before anyone else. Even though it was a custom build for someone else, it fits me like a glove and it was my first steel bike -- the experience of riding on the Columbus SL tubing was a revelation, after spending years an a stiff-as-hell aluminum Trek 1000 that would rattle the fillings out of your teeth. I've updated this bike with a modern campy group and it's my go-to road bike in the summer.
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Old 11-30-18, 11:20 AM
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I have been lucky enough to own two Cyclops bicycles and, in my opinion, they tend to outshine other Canadian built road bikes. I must admit that my opinion is a bit biased, however; I compare my Cyclops to top of the line Miele, or Marinoni or any of the other high end Canadian bikes that I have owned.

My first Cyclops was older than the second, the first being built in Toronto...


In later years, Cyclops bikes were, for a while, built in Vernon, BC and the OP's bike is a Vernon build. The one that I have now is a BC model, also, and I LOVE it...
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The Cyclops is one that is on my list of "adds" to my collection and the blue/black one that you have is stunning...looking forward to the build.
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That Lovell is a grail bike. He was one mean riding machine.
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I have a Limongi and a Le Croco. I am on the lookout for a Cyclops but have not found the right one yet.

They tend to be a bit spendy.
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post

I lucked into a Jocelyn Lovell frame a few years ago....He also apprenticed under Giuseppe Marinoni as a framebuilder before setting up his own shop in Toronto. He produced a very small number of frames -- I haven't found any conclusive evidence but there was an archive of an old message board thread that suggested it was somewhere around 100 frames. His cycling and framebuilding career was tragically cut short when he was run over by a truck on a training ride and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He died relatively recently....

I don't have an answer to the number of Lovell frames but know that his move into frame building was precipitated by the Canadian government's decision not to send athletes to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. That decision came in January 1980 and with his primary goal for the season having been thwarted, he decided to apprentice with Marinoni. We all know that his career was ended by his tragic August 1983 accident. This meant that he built frames for only about three years and most of this was performed in the off-season, so the numbers would be quite small.


I have seen literally ten of thousands of bicycles first hand and on this this forum. Of those, I have seen perhaps only a dozen of which I was truly envious. This is one them. The fact that it is my size and in the sky blue of the Canadian national team jersey, only makes it that much more desirable. This is a bicycle to be cherished.
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