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1987 Bill Holland now ready to roll but not me

Old 12-02-18, 10:15 PM
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1987 Bill Holland now ready to roll but not me

An impulse buy on this frame set 5 years ago from @shnibop , I started to build it up this past month as a diversion while I recover from a pretty bad bike crash at the end of September. Following Drís orders, I wonít be able to road test it until February.
Better photos later this week when the weather clears.

Here is a quick peek at what I got:
DS Profile by NBend, on Flickr

It is a 1987 Bill Holland, beautiful paint by Joe Bell. Both have worked together for many years in San Diego. Bill no longer works in steel, his titanium bikes are works of art and he now is producing frames in Carbon as well.
DT Ergo 10v by NBend, on Flickr
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Fluted Stays by NBend, on Flickr

The paint is luminescent, the chrome in great condition. There are some chips in the paint in a few places but from a few feet away it shows pretty nicely.
Thanks @gugie for aligning the fork for me :-)

Kind of a mix mash of parts
- Campagnolo 10v Drivetrain with Down Tube Shifters
- Campagnolo Chorus Wheelset w/Veloflex Record 25mm clincher tires
- Dura Ace Seatpost and Headset
- Gearing 36/50; 13-26
- Nitto NP Stem and type R bottle holders
- Soma Handlebar
- IRD Brake Levers
- Shimano XTR pedals
- Flite Seat
- Specialized Bar Tape (Iím not too thrilled with my wrapping job or the thickness of the tape but will wait until Iíve ridden it a bit before replacing it with something thinner. Maybe my mind will change).
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Old 12-02-18, 10:28 PM
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Great build. Like that gen crank with the carbon wrap.

Love the fork crown as well.
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Old 12-02-18, 10:53 PM
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L'Atelier misses it already.
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Beautiful Holland!!!
Remids me very much of my recently completed Davidson.
I'm just really into these American builder bikes now, after having only European bikes, all these years.
There seems to be a lot of similarities between these 80's American custom bikes. Makes me want to look for a Holland too, for a new project!

Classy understated beauty these bikes have are just so different from the Euro C&V bikes.
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Very nice.
Holland's work in steel is outstanding and you have done it proud.
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Best wishes for your recovery! Get better and let us know how it rides. It sure as heck looks great!

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(who, me, envious?? maybe a bit... )
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Beautiful! Here’s to a full and speedy recovery — that’s quite the carrot hanging ahead of the downtime.
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American customs porn thread! Excellent!
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That is the type of seatpost Ive been looking for in a 27.0...damn it!!
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Old 12-03-18, 12:29 PM
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Until Bill Walton got his Holland I was not aware of Bill Hollands work. I'm glad I found this one a few years ago. I agree with you on the Joe Bell paint, it is simply amazing.




Hoping for a full recovery so you get to ride this petty bike soon.
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Wow, that's a beaut.
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Thanks for the comments. @Chombi1, The resemblance is more than consequential. Bob Freeman for those who aren't familiar with him, used to be co-owners of Elliot Bay Bicycles with Bill Davidson. He remarked that the lugset on the Holland was designed by Bill Davidson. Look at your Davidson seat tube Lug. They are the same. Also, your fork crown looks like mine

I forgot to mention that the Gugieman also re-spaced the Rear to 130mm so I could run 10 Speed clusters.
It was cold and clear this morning so I drove over to the local park for some pictures in natural lighting. The local elk herd didn’t mind too much. In fact, they were downright indifferent to my interruption.

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@northbend, elk are not afraid of you or bicycles, very intelligent and very hard to outsmart.

Beautiful bike, elk and scenery, fabulous!
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Looks like Bill Holland sourced his signature decal from the same decal maker that Bill Davidson did, and the quality of the paint looks similar.....
The deeply scalloped seat stay caps looks to be the same too, except for the pantograph on the Davidson....
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Beautiful build. I especially like the bands on the seat tube, with little H’s...classy.

Great pics as always. I hope your recovery is going well.
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Nice idle bike idyll. Looks like things are looking up for you.
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