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1975 Witcomb USA Bicycle SN 75103

1975 Witcomb USA Bicycle SN 75103

This frame arrived from eBay advertised as made by Peter Weigle as a one-off bike for the 1975 New York Bike Show. Peter has confirmed the pedigree. The SN says it was the 103rd frame built in 1975; it is a 23" frame with a 22" top tube, CTC, and 126 mm rear spacing. It is special for the contrasting red heart cutouts on all of the lugs, the bottom bracket, and on the reinforcing tangs that are mounted on the outside of the fork blades -- a lovely touch. It is fitted here with period Campagnolo components, most of which have red pantographing. Am still in search of brake levers with red lettering. The red bar tape is "Schwinn Approved," of course. (18.06.2012, 19 Photos)

1975 Eisentraut "A" Model Bicycle SN E130475

1975 Eisentraut "A" Model Bicycle SN E130475

The “A” model is Eisentraut’s custom line, built to order for an individual. From time to time he also had production lines, such as the Limited and the Rainbow Traut. The serial number indicates this frame is the 13th made in April 1975. It arrived from eBay repainted and with nonoriginal braze-ons. Ed Litton restored the frame in Molteni orange with original decals. It is fitted with a period correct first generation black Dura Ace group. This is a 62.25cm frame (center to top), at least partially of Columbus tubing, weighing 3111 grams, with a 27.0 mm seat post and Italian bottom bracket threading. Recently retired, Eisentraut is commonly acknowledged as the godfather of American frame building. The size of his business fluctuated a bit, with the market. Many famous frame builders earned their stripes in Eisentraut’s Oakland shop. (30.01.2012, 14 Photos)

1986ish Dave Moulton Recherche Bicycle SN 117

1986ish Dave Moulton Recherche Bicycle SN 117

Dave Moulton arrived in the US from England in 1979. He had four lines of bikes between 1981 and 1993, when he left the business – John Howard, Custom, Fuso, and Recherche’. The Fuso was his production line (about 3000 frames). The Recherche’ had FUSO materials and geometry, but was marketed as a private label through a CA bike shop, which added the odd name. A Recherche’ has a Cinelli Tratto model crown and a unique seat stay cap and dropout joint treatment. This example is SN 117 out of about 200 built between 1985 and 1987. It is 62cm (center to top) and 2955 grams. It picked up a two-tone fade paint job at some time. Dave Moulton advises that original decals are now available, so It is a candidate for restoration. In the meantime, the rear spacing has been widened to 130mm and the bike fitted with modern equipment for mileage. Moulton has a loyal following on the web, where he maintains a registry for his frame owners and actively blogs about life and, of course, bikes. (30.01.2012, 12 Photos)

1978 Merz Bicycle SN SW163

1978 Merz Bicycle SN SW163

This is frame #163 in a run of about 400 frames built by Jim Merz in Portland, OR, between 1973 and 1982, when he went to work for Specialized. June 1978 order sheets from the Cupertino Bike Shop are included, courtesy of Jim Merz. Columbus tubing, original finish, mostly original components. Merz machines are highly sought after in the very intense, upscale Portland bike scene. This frame, way too small for me, is in my wife's collection of one. (27.01.2012, 17 Photos)

1983 Ouellette Bicycle SN 0622044

1983 Ouellette Bicycle SN 0622044

Peter Ouellette, of East Longmeadow, ME, built in the early 1980s. Some of his frames sport much fancier lugwork than this one. It is 61 cm CTC, and 3060 grams, with clear coated decals. The rear dropout spacing has been widened by 4 mm to accommodate the modern Campagnolo Record 10 drivetrain. Peter saw this posting and added some details: This is a stock frame (rather than custom order), made of Columbus SP tubing, and sold with an aluminum F.T. headset to Narabeth Cycle in Narbeth PA. The paint is bright silver metallic Imron, with Henry James investment cast lugs, bottom bracket and crown. Peter made about 200 frames, this one on June 22, 1983; the SN indicates June (first two digits) 22 (second two digits) and #44 in the total production run (last three digits). Most of his frames are hand signed under the clear coat, but not this one. (27.01.2012, 11 Photos)

1979 Picchio Special Bicycle no SN

1979 Picchio Special Bicycle no SN

This is a 1979 Picchio Special, with no serial number, dated by markings on the second generation Dura Ace components. Angelo Picchio is retired in Turino, Italy, after starting in the business in 1946. Many of his frames were finished with professional team colors rather than his own name. This “Special” is actually relatively plain in its execution, as compared to others with much fancier lugwork. The frame is 58.5 cm and very light at 2.562 kg. Rear spacing is 126 mm; original finish and components. (23.01.2012, 14 Photos)

1979 Wester Ross Bicycle Track SN JSC167

1979 Wester Ross Bicycle Track SN JSC167

This is a 60 cm track bicycle built by John S. Connell of Wester Ross Cycles of Aultbea, Scotland, in 1979 for a customer who did not pick it up. It sat for about 20 years until bought by Steve Griffith, who sold me the frame in 2011. Here it is built up with a Campagnolo drivetrain (110 mm rear spacing; 151 BCD cranks; 3/32 chain; 47/20 gears) with a Brooks saddle and GB bars and stem. Wester-Ross built a total of 478 frames between 1976 and 1985, including one tandem and, I believe, just this one track frame. Nervex lugs; 74 degree head tube (for a bit of toe overlap) and 73 degree seat tube angles. The build sheet, included here, says it has a Haden crown and the "Colour" is "Takaloid Crimson" with gold lining. (22.01.2012, 15 Photos)

1974 Gus Betat Bicycle SN 4095

1974 Gus Betat Bicycle SN 4095

1974 Gus Betat SN 4095. Gut Betat of New Orleans opened its doors in 1896 and lasted about 100 years. Doug Haddock and Greg Gulotta built about 300 custom framesets, from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, using Reynolds, Columbus and Vitus tubing. This frame, thought to be of Vitus tubing, weighs about 3kg, dates from November 1974, and has 120 mm rear spacing, a 59 cm seat tube, a 26.8 mm seat post, and no braze-ons. It is shown here with period Campagnolo components, including a Rally touring derailleur. Owner: Dean Runyan, Portland, OR. (22.01.2012, 7 Photos)

1974 Bill Boston Bicycle SN 74J02

1974 Bill Boston Bicycle SN 74J02

A very early Bill Boston frame, this is the first of two frames built for Michael Feinstein, who was also building wheels for Bill while a student. The serial number shows this to be the second frame made in October of 1974. It suffered a head-on collision early on, then sat for a few years while Feinstein rode a replacement frame by Bill Boston. Bill eventually replaced the damaged front triangle and gave the bike its current Imron champagne color scheme and clearcoat over the decals, omitting application of the typical oval head tube and seat tube decals. It is of Reynolds 531 tubing, has a 55 cm seat tube, and period components. The Campagnolo Record front derailleur is a mid-1960’s slotted cable stop variety. I am impressed by the absence of a bridge between the lower stays. Owner: Karie Dozer, Phoenix, AZ. (22.01.2012, 7 Photos)

 

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