Thursday, October 8, 2015

For sale: 57CM Condor complete bike

     Here is a nice bike that needs a good home. 57CM seat tube CTC Condor in great shape. Condor is a well established British company that was started in 1948 Condor history that built and still does build great bikes. Tom Simpson rode for them and W.B. (Bill) Hurlow headed up their shop for a while. W.B. Hurlow
     This bike is from the early to mid 1980's I believe. Nice lugged construction with long points on the lugs and almost fully wrapping seat stay caps. It also is built with Campagnolo vertical drop outs. I am not sure if it is a re-paint or not. Nice gloss black finish. The measurements are as follows:
  • 57 CM CTC seat tube
  • 57 CM CTC top tube.
  • 33" stand over height (with air in the tires.
  • 700C clincher Mavic MA2 rims laced to Smimano Sealed Mech. low flange hubs.
  • Panaracer Pasela tour guard tires 700 X 23 size (new)
  • 6 speed drivetrain (freewheel)
  • 130mm rear spacing
  • Campagnolo SR rear derailleur Pat.81 with suntour sealed bearing pulleys
  • Campagnolo SR crank set 1982 date code 170mm arms
  • Campagnolo chain rings 50 / 42 combo
  • Campagnolo NR front derailleur
  • T.A. bottom bracket
  • Campagnolo SR clamp on shifters.
  • Campagnolo NR brake calipers and Weinmann aero brake levers.
  • Campagnolo NR head set
  • Cinelli 1R stem 120mm extension (missing front logo button)
  • Cinelli Giro D' Italia bars 42CM wide CTC
  • SR Laprade 27.2 seat post and Specialized road saddle.
  • Campagnolo top tube brake cable clamps
  • No pedals.
  • Black pleather padded bar tape
     Bike is pretty much ready to ride. Although I would suggest getting it tuned up as it is sold AS IS.
No stuck parts. You will not be disappointed with this machine. it is also extremely light weight.
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                                                     Cost is $750.00 plus S/H

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

For Sale: Bruce Gordon tig-welded touring frame and fork set 47CM

     This is a good winter project build. It is a Bruce Gordon tig-welded touring frame and fork set. Mr. Gordon is a highly skilled and well established American frame builder. Here is a link to his website where you can read about his history and see his work Bruce Gordon Cycles. He is mostly known for his lugged construction bikes, but he is one of the best when it comes to tig-welded frames in my opinion.
     this frame has one or two issues. one of the rear brake cable stops has some corrosion around it, nothing fatal, just some rust (see photo). Also, the underside of the top tube has corrosion along the length. again, nothing fatal, but it is there (see photo). The tube could be replaced if one was so inclined, but I think it will be OK.  Frame and fork are sold AS IS. That being said, here are the measurements:
  • 47 CM seat tube CTC
  • 54CM top tube CTC
  • 135mm rear spacing
  • English threaded BB shell
  • takes 26.8mm seat post
  • 700C wheel size
  • cantilever studs front and rear
  • 28 1/2" stand over height (at seat tube), 30" stand over height (at head tube) no air in tires or headset installed.
  • Lots of braze-ons for fenders, water bottles and low rider racks on the fork. 
  • Serial number is G05293 I talked to Bruce Gordon and he told me the frame was built in 1993.
     Dark grey paint with original Bruce Gordon decals.  Set it up as a touring bike or swanky single speed city bike with a chain tensioner. Frame has vertical rear drop outs, fenders, racks, the whole nine yards! I think this would make a great around town TCB bike!
                                                             Cost is $275.00 plus S/H 

Awesome Customer's Awesome Bike: Early' ish Richard Sachs

     We work on a lot of bent Huffys and other lower tier bikes here at Via Bicycle. So it is a special day when something of this caliber rolls through the door. This bike belongs to one of our best customers. He knows his stuff and lets us work on most of his ever growing fleet of bicycles. It is a Richard Sachs road bike, I am not sure of the model. It looks a bit like the later Strada Immaculata, which means clean road. It is unusual to see one in this dark grey paint scheme, I quite like it. This color was my father's preffered color for painting cars when I was a kid. So, it has that connection for me, personally. The serial number is 1234 with the number 57 stamped into the BB shell as well, which I assume is the size. I know little about Mr. Sachs serial number sequence except that this is maybe the 123rd bike he produced? I am sure the owner will inform me better. Richard Sachs is one of the finest American frame builders in the past 40 years, he knows how to build a bike frame and will tell you as such. His brazing and file work is near perfection, in my opinion. Not sure if this is a Joe Bell painted bike or not. The paint is great, very thin allowing all the detail work to show through. Enjoy the photos.