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What have I got here? Stephen Bishop track bike...

Old 02-26-13, 08:09 PM
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Bumping this bad boy up.

After some research and talking with Joe Skrivan, I finally got some more info on this frame.

Campy dropouts front and rear
Tange BB shell (Never seen one before)
Takahashi lugs with a nice file job
Columbus rifled steerer
Mike Melton style seat stay caps (Handmade and hollow unlike solid caps)
American flag on seat tube (Genuine modified Team Huffy decal)
Cinelli CCA style fork crown is undrilled
Rear brake bridge w/ window cut reinforcements
Rear chainstay bridge is Gipiemme w/ window cut reinforcements
27.0 seatpost
BB serial: SJB 4188 (Stephen J. Bishop March 1, 1988)
Corresponding serial on fork steerer
Imron paint - Paint and water-slide decals by Joe Skrivan

I've had this frame for almost 2 years now and decided to dig deeper in to my search of its history. After a few hours, I connected the dots and found my way to Joe Skrivan. I got to talk with Joe on the phone and by email. I sent him pictures of this frame and he remembered this frame like it was yesterday. He, Stephen Bishop and Mike Melton were the three main guys working for the Huffy US Olympic team during the 80's. Stephen Bishop was the head mechanic for the team. He learned his frame building skills from Mike Melton and Joe Skrivan and worked alongside them. He rarely built frames unless they were for close friends or for himself. Part of me actually wonders if this was a personal frame of his. Joe said he was about 5'8" and he had red hair. His painting ability wasn't quite up to snuff with that of his mechanic skills. Skrivan ended up doing the paint and decals. Joe said he might have had this bike painted this way to match his "personality" and his "hair". He also liked red Ferraris. All together, I found these details quite humorous.

Are there any new eyes out there that may have some interesting tidbits to add? Maybe someone knows where Stephen Bishop is today. I haven't been able to get in touch with any of his other past associates that know his whereabouts.

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Old 02-26-13, 09:03 PM
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Holy Canoly that's a story and a bit of history. Could you confirm that it was built for the 84 Olympics, in LA LA land that year, if memory serves.

I was at some of the swim events and women's basketball. But we partied too hard in Huntington Beach with friends/winos.
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No, it wasn't in the Olympics. It has a build date of 4/1/88.

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Holy Canoly that's a story and a bit of history. Could you confirm that it was built for the 84 Olympics, in LA LA land that year, if memory serves.

I was at some of the swim events and women's basketball. But we partied too hard in Huntington Beach with friends/winos.
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Nobody? Hard to believe.
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