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Old 04-24-20, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by somepetalhead View Post
IS THAT THE ALL TERRAIN saddle?
Here's my "relative" of that one....


No, the stem is not too high. It is about at the minimum insertion line. Helps me to not have to bend over as much.
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Old 04-26-20, 07:52 PM
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This here is a 1976 Cecil Walker, frame built by the late George McDonald here in Melbourne, Oz. Restored by man he taught to build frames - Gordon Hill - paint by Kevin Wigham and lining from 83 year-old Kenn Dickie - by hand. With NOS Sugino Mighty Comp cranks & 50T chain wheel, and other bits and pieces that were lying around.
I'm sure that some CF contraption would be lighter and faster, but it ain't the bike that's holding me back.



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I wonder if any relation to Don "the Don" Walker probably not but would be cool if they were some distant distant relatives or something, both making neat track bikes : )

@Speedway2: You should go for it. One of the first things I did with my old langster was get a Zipp Vuka Alumina Base bar and some SRAM s500TT levers and loved that bike. I really want to build another bullhorned bike again. I love my drops on the new Langster but I do miss the 'horns. If you do end up swapping stuff get some really top notch cables and housing and improve your braking!
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My new SS project. Picked it up with a broken swingarm for $150 on Wednesday. That night I ordered a NOS swingarm for $25 off eBay. It arrived yesterday and this is where I'm at so far.

That gives me an idea. I've had a '90-something Trek Single-track 990 frame sitting in my garage for years. I can't decide what to do with it but I have considered something similar.
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Originally Posted by nemo57 View Post
This here is a 1976 Cecil Walker, frame built by the late George McDonald here in Melbourne, Oz. Restored by man he taught to build frames - Gordon Hill - paint by Kevin Wigham and lining from 83 year-old Kenn Dickie - by hand. With NOS Sugino Mighty Comp cranks & 50T chain wheel, and other bits and pieces that were lying around.
I'm sure that some CF contraption would be lighter and faster, but it ain't the bike that's holding me back.



Wow, just wow!
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My first non-department-store bicycle bought at a bike shop. My dad gave it to me when I graduated High School in 1987 - it’s a Schwinn Premis that I had repainted by Rick Stefani at D&D cycles and rebuilt into a fixed gear / single speed. Unfortunately he didn’t put the ‘Schwinn Chicago’ head tube badge back and filled in the rivet holes - I’ll put the badge on again one day, I just am loathe to drill his beautiful paint work. I still love this frame and it has a lot of emotional significance to me.



Repaint beautifully done by Rick Stefani, owner D&D Cycle Services. He paints Rivendell’s bicycles.



Newbaum’s cloth tape sealed with homemade beeswax oil cloth sealant



Here’s another Premis posted by @corrado33. This is exactly how my bike looked stock with the white components. I still have the original brake levers on mine. The original hoods are in a drawer.

I rode the Premis through university into the late 90s until I bought a new bike. It’s sad how vain and silly I was back then - all my friends were riding European and Japanese bikes as well as Cannondales and Treks and they really took the piss out of my 80s Schwinn. I garaged it and eventually it ended up behind a garden shed, paint bleaching in the sun and starting to rust. One day, ashamed that I’d let it degrade in the weather and remembering how proud I was when my dad bought me the bike - I pulled it out and began assessing what I could salvage. So, I stripped it down to the frame and rebuilt it with mostly new components and a stronger wheel set. When I rode it again, it was a joy; I realized what a fantastic frame it really was. I rode it like that until 2008 when I had it repainted and made it into a fixed gear. I love riding this bike and it elicits a lot of curiosity.

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Old 04-28-20, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
I wonder if any relation to Don "the Don" Walker probably not but would be cool if they were some distant distant relatives or something, both making neat track bikes : )
Cecil Walker was born in Sydney in 1898. He didn't want to work in the family's grocery store, and had some talent on the bike so sailed for the US in 1920 to have a go at what was then massively popular professional track racing. Had great success, particularly as a sprinter, before returning to Aust in the mid-30s, opened his bike shop in 1938. It's still there, tho why he settled in Melbourne I don't know. Still rode off scratch at age 40 back home.
That's about as much as I know. Cheers!
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Nice! That looks like a lot of fun!
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I like it, a lot. I'm a fan of the "army green" color with black components. The orange really pops. Slightly bigger tires and it would be even better for me. YMMV.
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I like it, a lot. I'm a fan of the "army green" color with black components. The orange really pops. Slightly bigger tires and it would be even better for me. YMMV.
Thanks. Tires are for CX racing only Might not even see use this year....
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So. Damn. Nice.
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That a 57? If you ever think of selling it, I might be your guy...
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That a 57? If you ever think of selling it, I might be your guy...
Indeed it is. I might sell it,haven't had a chance to test ride it yet. It's TT is a full inch longer than the frame it replaced.
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just acquired this character ridden gem!

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Nice build - seems like a very comfy frame
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Must be one of the most beautiful builds i've seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing

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This here is a 1976 Cecil Walker, frame built by the late George McDonald here in Melbourne, Oz. Restored by man he taught to build frames - Gordon Hill - paint by Kevin Wigham and lining from 83 year-old Kenn Dickie - by hand. With NOS Sugino Mighty Comp cranks & 50T chain wheel, and other bits and pieces that were lying around.
I'm sure that some CF contraption would be lighter and faster, but it ain't the bike that's holding me back
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Unfortunately he didn’t put the ‘Schwinn Chicago’ head tube badge back and filled in the rivet holes - I’ll put the badge on again one day, I just am loathe to drill his beautiful paint work. I still love this frame and it has a lot of emotional significance to me.
What worked well for me in this situation was to put some Shoe Goo on the badge and zip tie it to the head tube for a couple of hours You can even snip the heads off a couple of brass brads and glue them to the holes in the badge and no one will know it is not rivited on.
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Ok,last pics of finished bike.





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And it's brother. The SS formerly known as Prince.
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And it's brother. The SS formerly known as Prince.
Those are some thicc tires. How did they feel compared to the skinnier ones?
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Those are some thicc tires. How did they feel compared to the skinnier ones?
They are 35c so not too bad. I can keep a higher pressure for road and still get decent traction when I go in the hardpack.
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Originally Posted by GeezyRider View Post
What worked well for me in this situation was to put some Shoe Goo on the badge and zip tie it to the head tube for a couple of hours You can even snip the heads off a couple of brass brads and glue them to the holes in the badge and no one will know it is not rivited on.
Thanks @GeezyRider! I’ve also used silicon cement to adhere things before, I was thinking about trying that - the brad heads idea and zip tie are great. Shoe Goo and Barge are both good adhesives. I like the suggestion.
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Ok,last pics of finished bike.
That is the cleanest threadless conversion I've ever seen.
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