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Eisentraut built for Jon Dawson co-founder of the band NRPS

Old 02-03-21, 07:00 PM
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Eisentraut built for Jon Dawson co-founder of the band NRPS

I am posting a rather unique 1973 Eisentraut built for John Collins Dawson IV (June 16, 1945 – July 21, 2009), nicknamed "Marmaduke", the leader and co-founder of the country rock band the New Riders of the Purple Sage (NRPS). What is unique about this bike are the hand-cut lugs and one-of-a-kind paintjob resembling the band's album cover. Attached is a link to a complete set of photos and description of the bike (https://www.flickr.com/photos/6521432...57683257626695). Dawson also autographed the bike on the non-drive chain stay.




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Old 02-03-21, 08:06 PM
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Beautiful.

And a fun history.
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Thanks for sharing! Such fine craftsmanship. Never seen a fork quite like that. I dig the unusual and striking paint design & color scheme. That stay bridge opening is so cool. Nice photography, too.
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Good to hear that you enjoyed the history and story behind this bike.
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Thank you, much appreciated.
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While the colors might not be everyone's idea of cool, I absolutely love the combo. Thanks so much for sharing the pics.
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I was just listening to Brian Jonestown Massacre last night. The San Francisco music scene has such a rich history, and this is one of the (formerly) local bands that really captures it and lets it evolve. I love everything about this bike.

On another note, I'm trying to decide which color to repaint a recently acquired Eisentraut Limited that needs a strip-down and refinish, and sage green was among the eliminated choices. I may put it back on the table after seeing this one. Thanks for sharing this lovely bike.
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When I first saw a seat stay bridge treatment like that I thought pretty novel.
a few months later it was in to have a crack repaired.
The cross tube is too big to be sensible.
Nice piece of history, a coffeehouse bike in my ledger.
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Yes, the hollow chain stay bridge was supposedly prone to failure. Maybe that is why one does not seem to see them more often. Glad you like the bike.
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Uniquely beautiful.
Classic bike with a good story.
Agree with the careful Sunday rider comment.
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Very cool!
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8 tracks, now we're talking. Quality muck better than the cassettes that followed them. Thanks for posting the picture.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
When I first saw a seat stay bridge treatment like that I thought pretty novel.
a few months later it was in to have a crack repaired.
The cross tube is too big to be sensible.
Nice piece of history, a coffeehouse bike in my ledger.
Curious - can you elaborate. Seat stay bridge seems fairly normal, no? Or should it be more arched?

And what is the "cross tube". You mean the chain stay bridge?
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I guessed “New Republican Political Scandal”. I only got one word right. Cool bike!
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Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post
While the colors might not be everyone's idea of cool, I absolutely love the combo. Thanks so much for sharing the pics.
I really like contrasting paint jobs like this. All too often, when using muted colors like sage, the default is black, rather than going the opposite, and getting a bright color that really pops. Love the orange.
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That seat stay to seat tube as seat post clamp construction is the only I have seen with the exception of my unusual Ron Cooper.
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... seat post clamp construction is the only one I have seen with the exception of my unusual Ron Cooper.
The pics are protected or I could post the image...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/652143...7683257626695/
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