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Old 06-02-08, 11:22 AM
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Rick Laban frames

anyone have any info about this builder?
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LaBan

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i live in Tucson and i ride a LaBan i purchased at a consignment shop here in town. as i rode it around town i learned more about rick laban. apparently he made ~100 bikes. my serial number is 54. originally he started building in the back of fair wheel bikes,and uberspandex dork centrum here, and rented someone's garage. i've heard from another bike builder in town that he now makes jewelry in sta fe, nm.
the bike i own is really really great. the whole group is durace and it's totally smooth. for me the geometry, which is a 54 is just perfect. the bike turns heads all the time because of it's beautiful lines and unique features.
do you ride one?
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Pictures!
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Pictures!
Yeah guy's. We want pic's from the both of you.
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I bought a bomb-@$$ frame from a bike co-op during my 10 years in Tucson. Since Fairwheel Bikes was one of my bike shops at the time I had it in there and the owner id'ed it as a Laban frame. Although it has the initials "PW" cut out of the BB shell and no other identifying marks on it he was able to id it from the lugs. In subsequent years I ran into a couple of guys with Laban frames that were "Laban" decaled and they had very similar lugs, so I guess I'm inclined to agree. I'd heard he was doing steel work in TX, but this was about 7 years ago.
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Laban bike

Sorry, I saw this years late. I'm apparently not allowed to post pictures.

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Originally Posted by aglaeca2 View Post
Sorry, I saw this years late. I'm apparently not allowed to post pictures.
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Rick worked as a mechanic at Fairwheel Bicycles in Tucson Arizona in the ~late 1970s - early 1980s.

He is one of three (at least three) Fairwheel Bikes alumni to build high quality steel frames under his own name.

Mike Walton, who had trained as a machinist and worked at Fairwheel as a mechanic, built "Walton" frames - very nice quality.

Glenn Berry, one-time manager of the shop, built "G.J. Berry" frames.

Ron Cipriani did a lot of the painting for these builders. Ron was Andy Gilmour's main painter for several years.

These builders were the generation immediately after Jim Pickering, Colin Laing, and Andy Gilmour.

This generation of
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I have one that I have restored. I bought it from the original owner who built it up with full Campy C record. I live in Tucson and it is surprising how many people still know of Ric Laban when I show up at the typical cyclist beer/coffee spots.
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Finally got my 10 posts, here is my LaBan.


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Originally Posted by aglaeca2 View Post
I bought a bomb-@$$ frame from a bike co-op during my 10 years in Tucson. Since Fairwheel Bikes was one of my bike shops at the time I had it in there and the owner id'ed it as a Laban frame. Although it has the initials "PW" cut out of the BB shell and no other identifying marks on it he was able to id it from the lugs. In subsequent years I ran into a couple of guys with Laban frames that were "Laban" decaled and they had very similar lugs, so I guess I'm inclined to agree. I'd heard he was doing steel work in TX, but this was about 7 years ago.
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Sorry, I saw this years late. I'm apparently not allowed to post pictures.
With "PW" cut out in the bottom bracket, if the frame construction is first rate, I would be contacting Peter Weigle to find out if it is one of his.
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Rick LaBan co-authored a book published by Kalmbach Publishing about building an N scale model railroad. Titled "N Scale Model Railroad That Grows", it is a step by step guide to build your first N scale model railroad. The "About the Authors" section mentions that LaBan had built bicycle frames in another life.... I often wondered if there was any truth to that.
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
With "PW" cut out in the bottom bracket, if the frame construction is first rate, I would be contacting Peter Weigle to find out if it is one of his.
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Someone had that idea. Ralph said it wasn't. Not Peter Wilke either.
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
With "PW" cut out in the bottom bracket, if the frame construction is first rate, I would be contacting Peter Weigle to find out if it is one of his.
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Since mine doesn't have a decal or number on it, and that is mid to late 80s it may be a pre-series before he started production numbering.
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
Rick LaBan co-authored a book published by Kalmbach Publishing about building an N scale model railroad. Titled "N Scale Model Railroad That Grows", it is a step by step guide to build your first N scale model railroad. The "About the Authors" section mentions that LaBan had built bicycle frames in another life.... I often wondered if there was any truth to that.
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Originally Posted by gilamnstr View Post
Hey,

i live in Tucson and i ride a LaBan i purchased at a consignment shop here in town. as i rode it around town i learned more about rick laban. apparently he made ~100 bikes. my serial number is 54. originally he started building in the back of fair wheel bikes,and uberspandex dork centrum here, and rented someone's garage. i've heard from another bike builder in town that he now makes jewelry in sta fe, nm.
the bike i own is really really great. the whole group is durace and it's totally smooth. for me the geometry, which is a 54 is just perfect. the bike turns heads all the time because of it's beautiful lines and unique features.
do you ride one?
cheers,
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Originally Posted by aglaeca2 View Post
Since mine doesn't have a decal or number on it, and that is mid to late 80s it may be a pre-series before he started production numbering.
I contacted Weigle. He confirmed what Ralph said: he never had anything to do with my frame.
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Old 01-29-23, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Century Bob View Post
I have one that I have restored. I bought it from the original owner who built it up with full Campy C record. I live in Tucson and it is surprising how many people still know of Ric Laban when I show up at the typical cyclist beer/coffee spots.
I'm envious of your paint job. Presumably that's not your only road bike? I miss the typical cyclist coffee/beer spots in Tucson.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post

These are some of the interesting bits.

My seat stays are different from century bob's.

Race number braze on's make a good place to latch in my frame pump.

No internal cable routing, but some cool cable guides.

And this weirdness.
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I kinda question if that is a LaBan frame. I dont see any common details. My lug work is very simple. Very clean and thin but plain and simple compared to yours. My bottom bracket does not have any cut outs and the serial # is stamped in with a common number punch. I have seen another Laban frame here in Tucson and its details were just like my frame. My frame is 88-89 vintage, yours looks quite a bit later than that so things could have changed. I`m not an expert, I only know my bike and bought it from the original owner who had it custom built.
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