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Old 10-07-22, 05:02 PM
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Bill Vetter touring bike

Just brought this home. Wow. Anyone know anything about the bike or builder?




When I picked the bike up it looked to have been garage kept until the original owner downsized and lost the garage. The in-laws that ended up with it had put it outside, and I think it got soaked during the recent hurricane remnants, thus the minor flash rust. This morning I pulled the seat post and there was a 1/4 cup of water in the down tube. It wasn't too rusty, but I realized that the vent tubes on the stays are all sealed, so I think I will pull the bottom bracket and fork and get the frame fully aired out. I had almost convinced my self I would be riding it this weekend.....

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Old 10-07-22, 06:23 PM
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Bill Vetter worked out of Vermont in the 1970’s. He is most known for his touring bikes. Bicycle quarterly did a profile of his work in issue vol. 3 #4 (summer 2005).
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Wow, indeed @barkeater . Nice bike. The condition looks very good. It looks like a little cleaning and some wax and this will shine. You may need rubbing compound on the fork crown or maybe it is an reflection in the picture. Otherwise that looks great.

It is good to see a custom or semi-custom built frame once in a while. Not that we don't like those production bikes. But these builder set the trends. So it is always good to see what they were up to and of course keep their history going.
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Old 10-08-22, 03:21 AM
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Any relation to Craig Vetter?
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Any relation to Craig Vetter?
Wouldn't it have a fairing on it then?
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Bill Vetter revealed to me some of the mysteries of framebuilding in an article in Bike World magazine in the early 70's. He had visited Bill Hurlow in England to get his information and brought back a couple of Hurlow frames (including the model with his initials cut into the head lugs). Just as background information, America had just started to become interested in good bicycles around 1970 and most knowledge about how to make frames existed in Europe and not here in the US. Bike World magazine had just come out as competition to Bicycling magazine in this new-to-us sport.

I met Bill Vetter when my wife and I were doing a cycle tour of Vermont in the early 80's. We were resting at a scenic overlook when Bill and a friend of his from DC just happened by at the same time. He invited us for supper and we spent the evening chatting about building frames. What I recall is that Bill and his sister lived on a typical Vermont small dairy frame. That is how he made a living. Bill in his middle years had just got married to a younger city girl. The dynamics of all this was interesting. Sadly just a few years later Bill was killed in an auto accident.
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I found this picture from BQ. I think my bike has a different geometry, but shares a lot of the details.
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