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Anyone heard of a Bielstein bike?

Old 04-09-20, 11:23 AM
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Anyone heard of a Bielstein bike w/ Zero Uno frame?

My brother found this frame and wanted to know if I wanted it. There appears to be very little to no information on this bike. Any thoughts...low, middle upper end type of bike? Worth restoring?






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Old 04-09-20, 11:29 AM
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One more pic...


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Old 04-09-20, 11:35 AM
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Mid to later 80ís frame possibly. Can you find out the tubing, seatpost diamension and BB sheíll length?

I like those lugs!
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Old 04-09-20, 11:38 AM
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Hmmn
I think I've heard of a Bialystock and Bloom
Didn't Bielstein make performance suspension? (for cars)
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Old 04-09-20, 11:51 AM
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Harold Bielstein is a custom builder out of Rapid City, South Dakota. He hangs out on the frame builder's list on Google Groups. The lugs are from Pacenti back in the era when Kirk used to provide investment cast lugs to custom builders. Just to be clear that is the very upper end of quality. PM me and I will send you Bielstein's email address.

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Old 04-09-20, 07:57 PM
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That is a very nice looking frame, I hope we hear more about both it and the builder!
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Old 04-09-20, 09:18 PM
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I ran across one in a thrift store in San Diego many years ago. I loved the lugs. I sold it to a friend for cheap after a hasty rebuild. It had the appearance of a very high end bike. It was very light and I think had a Columbus tubing sticker. It also came with tubular wheels and tires.
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Old 04-09-20, 09:24 PM
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Didn't Bielstein make performance suspension? (for cars)
Bilstein, and they still do.
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Old 05-06-20, 05:26 PM
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So I was able to contact the original frame builder. Heís still in Rapid City. I plan to visit family there later this summer and Hal said he is willing to take a look at the frame to make sure everything is still in order. I plan to repaint the bike as Hal said he thought he still had some decals for that bike.

Should be a fun project.
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Old 10-09-20, 11:45 AM
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I also have a Bielstein frame he made for me in 1993. I am trying to reconnect with him about the bike. Would appreciate contact information if you are willing to share.
trying to get back into cycling after over 20 years. Need to repaint hsi beautiful old frame and was hoping to get some Bielstein decals if possible.
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Old 10-09-20, 12:03 PM
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That is frikkin' Wow! If I was taller, burglary would come to mind.
Amazing frame, great story, and one to hang, build, ride.

I'm not sure I'd do anything to the frame.
1. A good scrubbing with soapy arm water.
2. A good rubbing down with a rag and WD-40, probably 2-3 times.
3. waxing with some of the spray/wipe products not available.. or
4. Maybe even a hand-rubbed DuraGloss treatment (very tedious, but makes a huge difference).

You may just find out that you can spend a lot of money and time and not really improve it that much.

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Originally Posted by gstein View Post
Worth restoring?
OMG Yes.
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Originally Posted by gstein View Post
So I was able to contact the original frame builder. He’s still in Rapid City. I plan to visit family there later this summer and Hal said he is willing to take a look at the frame to make sure everything is still in order. I plan to repaint the bike as Hal said he thought he still had some decals for that bike.

Should be a fun project.
That's awesome. I'm originally from Rapid City. I don't remember hearing about him back then (I moved to Seattle in 95), but I was only into mountain biking back then. Now I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for one so I can represent the hometown. Do you know if he still builds frames?

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Old 10-09-20, 03:54 PM
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That is indeed a very nice frame, and like others I don't see the need for a repaint--looks to be in great condition to me. Hope to see more in the future!
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Old 10-09-20, 05:45 PM
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The jack for the VW bug (the authentic one, from 1936 through 1976) was made by Bilstein.
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Old 10-09-20, 11:08 PM
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I do remember that VW jack, could be very precarious if you really lifted it to fullest height.
The Dedacciai Zero Uno tube set with this decal was their second from top of line and might have a wall thickness (depending on which tube) of 0.8/0.5 or 0.8/0.6
"Zero" was their top-line and had even thinner walls
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Old 07-03-22, 08:49 AM
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Extremely late update but thought I would post that Iím finally ready to begin the Bielstein rebuild. Due to COVID it took longer than expected to pickup the frame.

I was able to find some nice Shimano 600 Tri-Color components. Iím thinking these should pair nicely with the bike (wanted to find Campy Nuevo Record but wasnít able to find a good set). I figure I can always upgrade later if i end up finding the Campy components.

Once the bike is finished Iíll post some pictures.
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