Old 12-20-20, 08:10 AM
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What??? Another Fishlips??!! Double DK masterpiece!

So this popped up on Ebay a couple of weeks ago from a local seller. Claimed it was built by the man, the myth, the legend David Kirk! Checked over on Paceline and the sale had been shared there and David had posted confirming he made it. So game on! Now the bike cave is way overflowing as of late and the bike budget was shot. But I've always wanted a David Kirk yet couldn't justify the cost. So I made a modest bid on this fully expecting to lose out. Then the morning the auction was ending my son came over with his mountain bike wanting me to work on it. So as this auction ended I was out in the garage freezing my butt off working on his Marin. My boy was inside, warm and toasty. Well, long story short I had the auction up on my laptop when he came over. I'm out working on the bike and he's inside bumping up my bid without telling me. Little bugger! Well, surprisingly it didn't sell for no where near what I figured and I won the auction!

The seller was the ex owner of Fishlips Cycles. Said he talked David into making this one and another one that was much larger. The larger one went to someone in Vegas. Then he said this bike was painted by Dave Kindig of Kindig It Designs. A local custom car builder that actually has a show I used to enjoy on TV. Haven't seen it since I cut the cord. So to me this is a double score.

Seller was super cool and met me halfway to deliver the frame. It came with an installed Cane Creek headset, Ultegra brakes, and a stem and handlebars. Frame shows plenty of honest cosmetic wear yet the superb quality of both the build and the paint job still shine through. I'm getting around 56.25 cm CTC for the top tube and 55.75 cm CTC for the Seat tube with a quick measure yesterday. Seems to be a fairly relaxed angle on the seat tube also. I threw on a saddle and wheels to make it easier to move it around as I gave it a quick clean and polish. Gotta do a little searching here to find the match for GIOS blue which is what the seller said the color was. Want to do a little touch up before I build it up. Right now I'm thinking silver parts with white cable housings, saddle, bar tape, etc. I've got a Chorus or Record 10 speed groupset on hand as well as a nice Dura Ace 7400 series 8 Speed STI groupset I could use on this. I guess I have to decide between this and the Olmo frame in terms of what get's what.

My understanding is that this would be a first half of the 90's build.

Anyway, some quick pics I grabbed outside on a cold wintery day here.

Going to be able to use a zero setback seatpost on this one.

I do have the adjusters also, took them out to clean.

Is it crazy to get excited over a BB

Fishlips Headbadge. Part of me says keep the decals and part says take 'em off.

The shine does not come through in the pics.

Sexy, sexy, sexy!

Nice detail


So nice!

From da rear!
Steel is real...and comfy.

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