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Old 05-29-11, 07:48 AM   #1
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Vintage Chinook built by Bruce Gordon

This is my first post and don't know much about road bikes but when I see vintage bikes(any bikes) at great prices I usually pick them up. I just picked up a Chinook road bike, 56 centimeter with the serial number being CO1984. After doing some research I have come to the conclusion it is a 1981 Bruce Gordon Chinook. From what I understand he built 101 of these framesets. It has all Campy Super Record components with Cinelli stem and bars. The bike is in fantastic condition that has a purple fade paintjob with a signature on the left chainstay that says "Cycle Art, Cad 1 finish, Chula Vista, Ca. all in a cool design. If anyone else has some info on these hand crafted framesets I would appreciate some input. I will post pics soon.
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Old 05-29-11, 08:51 AM   #2
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This is my first post and don't know much about road bikes but when I see vintage bikes(any bikes) at great prices I usually pick them up. I just picked up a Chinook road bike, 56 centimeter with the serial number being CO1984. After doing some research I have come to the conclusion it is a 1981 Bruce Gordon Chinook. From what I understand he built 101 of these framesets. It has all Campy Super Record components with Cinelli stem and bars. The bike is in fantastic condition that has a purple fade paintjob with a signature on the left chainstay that says "Cycle Art, Cad 1 finish, Chula Vista, Ca. all in a cool design. If anyone else has some info on these hand crafted framesets I would appreciate some input. I will post pics soon.
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It's a beauty with an interesting mish-mash of very nice parts. Bruce Gordon is one of the best at what he does. What are your plans for it?
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I like that seat cluster.
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Thanks! I will order a set of tires for it then ride it to see if I like it. Like I said I'm not much of a road bike enthusiast so I will probably sell it to someone who will love it for what it is.
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to sidetrack the thread (a little) BG is hosting an open house at his workshop in June featuring appearances by a bunch of local framebuilders and Bike Industry folks, plus beer from Lagunitas. If you want info (straight from the Horse's Mouth) about your Chinook as well as anything else related to Bruce Gordon products...show up.
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Old 05-29-11, 10:47 AM   #7
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I'm in Colorado. A little to far to go for info. Thanks though!
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There was a touring and racing version, I believe - yours being the racing version. Production bike similar to the Eisentraut "raindbow trout" or "limited." Nice, but not custom-Bruce-Gordon nice.
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I don't know about custom BG bikes but the production was limited to 101 in 1981. Who knows how many are left?
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It's a beauty with an interesting mish-mash of very nice parts. Bruce Gordon is one of the best at what he does. What are your plans for it?
I think it is a beautiful bike, I live the color (s?). is it the light or is there a slight fade?

other than an upgrade to aero brakelevers I see nothing "mish-mash" about the parts. odds are if a silver lever with white hoods were used no one would even notice
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Thanks! I was wondering about the mish-mash also. The components including hubs are all Campy except for the brake levers and hoods. The fade is cool. It has a fade on each tube from dark to light.
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looks like it's a repaint. you should contact Cycle Art, they might have more info from when they painted it.
http://www.cyclart.com/
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Great find - Nice pics - Welcome to the forum...
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I will check with them, great idea! I don't know if this is a fair question but does anybody know about the dollar amount this bike is worth?
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Well, the CL listing was for $425.

I assume you didn't pay that much.

You should be able to take away a couple hundred after you sell it on eBay.

Probably have to part it out though.

As another thought, I'd post it on the BG Facebook page. That may generate interest as well.

BTW, I just sold my Bruce Gordon Rock n' Road for asking on CL.

I was surprised by the amount of offers, and many well beyond asking.
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What Craigslist listing? I got this at a garage sale. Just picked up a Masi Alare and a early 90's Trek 1000 triple. It was a great 2 Fridays at garage sales.

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What Craigslist listing? I got this at a garage sale. Just picked up a Masi Alare and a early 90's Trek 1000 triple. It was a great 2 Fridays at garage sales.
Sorry man, there is another Chinook listed in Colorado Springs.

http://cosprings.craigslist.org/bik/2406395803.html

That's what I get for posting w/o readers.

Still think my value is about right though.
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