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Old 06-14-11, 09:51 PM
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What have I got here? Stephen Bishop track bike...

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Sorry for the crap pics and post. It took me an hour just to make this thread. I'm stuck on my woman's iphone because our internet is dead for who knows how long.

What I know:

It's definitely a high quality frame with attention to detail.

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

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Originally Posted by realestvin7
What I know:

It's definitely a high quality frame with attention to detail.
Campy dropouts front and rear.
Tange BB shell (Never seen one before).
Long pointed lugs with a nice file job.
American flag on seat tube (supposedly a bike used in the Olympics).
Fork is undrilled and rear brake bridge has windowed cutouts.
Most likely 27.2 seatpost .
Quite right: it's a hand-made thoroughbred, but I can't fill in any details. Did you see this velospace page?:
https://velospace.org/node/31805
Maybe that's your post (or the guy you bought it from) but that one reply seems to say that one guy knows this frame first-hand (probably painted it!) so contact him.
I was going to ask if the forkcrown was a 3Rensho, but the pic on velospace shows it's something else, but same forward-thrusted principle.
BTW: the chainline doesn't look so great in your pic, check into that
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Yeah, that must have been the previous owner's page. The details on this bike put many other track bikes I've seen to shame. I love the understated lug cutouts on the rear bridges and how the chainstays bulge out right as they come out of the BB lugs, then taper back down at the rear drops. Supposedly, this bike was raced in the '84 Olympics. Anybody got any photos to help me out?
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Looks like a good racing frame. Sad to to see it built up as a clown bike though. Hoping those are before shots.
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Clown bike? These are ''as found'' pics.
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did you beat down a hipster and take his bike?
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Anybody got the info I seek? How hard would it be to find good action pics from the '84 Olympics?
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That's a hot bike. I hope it fits you because I don't have the means to indulge if it came up for sale.
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It's smaller than it seems and may actually be too small or me, too. I'll know when I ride it.

53cm ST / 52cm TT
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Careless. . . Stephen Bishop?
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Careless. . . Stephen Bishop?
I don't get what you're saying.
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Originally Posted by realestvin7
I don't get what you're saying.
see below:


guess you missed the late 70's
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Lol. Yeah, I got pics of that ol boy when I googled the name.
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The bike as a whole.


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Anyone have anything to ad?
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Originally Posted by realestvin7
Anyone have anything to ad?
Are those brake pads upside down?
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Are those brake pads upside down?
Well of course. Lol.

It's "as found".
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That is quite the cludge to get a front brake on there. Cool bike.
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Haha. Sorry I can't be of more help. Other than spotting what I like to call "hipsterisms" like the brake pads, I don't know much about track bikes. This one looks good to me though, once you sort out that chain tension. Is the bolt missing from the seat post?

I did look at the US' 84 team, and couldn't find that bike. I did find this sweet bike pron that I have to post. This frame is almost NSFW.

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To be such a cool bike, it sucks I can't find any info on the dude (Stephen Bishop).
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I can't believe the fork hasn't been drilled. I hope you shook the seller's hand and gave thanks.
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I can't believe the fork hasn't been drilled. I hope you shook the seller's hand and gave thanks.
He was a bit hipster, but loved the bike, nonetheless. He just needed cash in a bad way. I was there to ablige.
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