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Spring, ahem, er, Summer Cleaning Sale!

June 16th, 2014

This is the first post of a few that are long overdue with just some of the goodies I have for sale. Some great stuff for pennies on the dollar!

Before we get all excited, let me get this out of the way; CASH OR PAYPAL ONLY.  (oh, and don’t ask to wire me money, or if I take cashier’s checks, or if I can send your cousin in Nigeria the bike and some cash leftover from your Money Order.)

Anyhow, if you are interested in any of these, email me at Don at donwalkercycles dot com

 

Thanks

DW

 

Pics 1/2;  My 2009 Richard Sachs. its a 60×59.5 lugged with PegoRichie Tubing.  Its currently built with SRAM Red, but I’d prefer to seel as frameset only. Get this, it has a grand total of 5 miles.  That’s not a typo. 5 total miles (or less, even!) I’d really like to keep this bike, but I have an unexpected expense coming up and it just doesn’t get ridden like it should. Last I heard, Richie is charging $4800 for frameset, this one is yours for $4200 and I’ll even pack it up and ship it to the lower 48 included in that price. If you want the gruppo, I’ll sell it minus wheels for $5000.

Pics 3/4;  Its labeled Eddy Merckx, but after looking up the serial number, or lack thereof, its a contract build for a team that was riding the Merckx brand.  Its Columbus Max, lugged (1 inch steerer) and 60×61 top and does have a little ding on the toptube, but hey, with a good repaint, it’ll never be visible.  Asking $350, NO FORK. (But I could make you one for another $250 that could be painted to match.

Pics 5/6/7;  1983-84(?) LeConte Track bike. 54 CM. made in Japan at a well known NJS shop as a contract build.  Used for a season and then hung up in the garage. $850 (Ishiwata tubing)

Pic 8; One of mine from the 90s. 56cm x2, lugged BB shell but fillet brazed with Allstate #11 (Nickel Silver) out of Reynolds 731 OS.  It was powdercoated (the WRONG color) and then painted over with a flame job.  1 inch steer column on a generic carbon fork. $750

Pic 9 2010  Cinelli Zydeco Cross frameset. Its a leftover from my shop in Speedway. Its a L or XL, whichever comes with e 57.5 toptube.  A little shop wear on this Aluminum CX bike. Light and nimble, or so I am told. Would make a great B bike for on the cheap. They retailed for $1300, asking $795.

Pic 10 Another leftover from my shop, 2010 56 cm DeRosa Avant Carbon Road bike. Built w SRAM Red, Stella Azzurra cockpit and wheels.  This bike retailed at $5200 back then. Asking $2900, firm.

Pic 11. Yet another leftover, a 2010 DeRosa Avant Carbon Road framset in sloping geometry with a 53.5 toptube. Retail was $2195, asking $1000 firm.

Pic 12. Yet another leftover, a 2010 Cinelli Willin SL Carbon Road frameset. Compact geometry with a 53 toptube.  Retail was $1995.  Asking $900 firm

 

 

 

Just a quick update…

October 8th, 2013

Well, its October and I only have 3 bikes left in the queue. This is good for a few reasons; the first is that I will be cleaning, organizing and retooling the shop and will be able to deliver bikes much, much faster. Secondly, with no queue, I will be able to deliver bikes much, much faster. That being said, NOW is a great time to place your deposit for a spring delivery on your new bike!

I was recently featured in Road Bike Action. The road test is located below.

Also, I am planning my NAHBS bikes for the 2014 show in Charlotte. If you’d like your very own bike displayed in my booth, please contact me soon!

The bikes I am planning on are as follows;

  • Lugged Road Bike
  • Lugged Track Bike
  • Track Tandem
  • Cross Bike
  • Mountain Bike

If any of these were something you were planning on anyhow, shoot me an email or call me. My contact info is on the main page of my website.

 

super fast and charming words to describe some sort of magic

 

super fast and charming

 

 

Its been a wild year….

September 1st, 2013

Howdy Y’all,

Its Ol Dub here. I have had so much happen during this year, I hadn’t had any time to update my blog.

Anyhow, the short of it is that I’ve come out of the dark period in my life and come out of it with a “bang!”.

First, I ended up adopting another dog. (see pic below) As you can tell, he’s a Black Labrador Retriever and his name is Strummer. He’s named after one of the coolest musicians to grace planet earth. Anyhow, Strummer has had a hand, er, paw, in helping me recover from my loss of Elwood and more importantly, Jake has someone to wrestle and play with and that’s helped Jake with being alone after Elwood left us.

In July I went to Japan for 10 days because I was asked to give some brazing seminars at the Tokyo College of Cycle Design.  I met so many wonderful people there that share the same passion as I do for bicycles and cycling. I had the time of my life and quite frankly, it was an integral part of the turnaround in my life. I am so thankful to my hosts for the invitation and the new friendships I have forged.

Once I got back, I was so jetlagged that my sleep was messed up for over a week and I was walking around like a zombie, so I went on vacation with my girls. As we seem to do every other year, we went to Tybee Island, GA. It was great being back on the island for the week and in some great company. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, despite barfing on the deep sea fishing trip. In my defense, it was kinda choppy and I forgot to take the Dramamine the night before. Ooops.

This leads me to the current timing; I had one of my best pals and fellow framebuilder, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove Bicycles come down for a week and help me bust out my team bikes. 10 bikes in 7 days, minus the finish work, which is killing me at the moment, but I digress. Anyhow, I am thankful to have friends like him help me out in a pinch.

Well, its two weeks until Cross season, so look for the Orange and Black tent at the Don Walker Cycles Racing camp at all the OVCX races!  See you soon!

DW

 

Jake, Strummer and Julianna chilling together.

Jake, Strummer and Julianna chilling together.

The College of Cycle Design.

The College of Cycle Design.

I super cool vintage shop in Aoyama, Tokyo. Owned by a guy named Chebby (spelling?)

A super cool vintage shop in Aoyama, Tokyo. Owned by a guy named Chebby (spelling?)

I love seafood!

I love seafood!

 

Noren finally gets to see what Sushi Friday is all about....

Noren finally gets to see what Sushi Friday is all about….

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Back to work!

June 3rd, 2013

Just less than 2  months from the time I had to put Elwood down and had to file for an annulment of my marriage, I am back in the shop.  Its a long, complicated, effed up story and I don’t want to get into it, but I am finally able to focus again on my work. This is a good thing for many reasons. One, I am attempting to clear my queue to ZERO so I can spend a couple weeks organizing the shop, liquidating old stock and doing a bit of re-tooling, so-to-speak. Two, it will help me become more efficient via the re-tooling to alleviate the wait times. I hope to get to a point where I can quote 6 – 8 weeks and be able to deliver in that time frame.

Anyhow, I’d like to thank those in the queue now for their patience during this crappy time period of my (so-called) life. Thanks again for being the best customers (i.e. friends) ever!

DW

Thank God its May!

May 1st, 2013

After what started off as a great April with a trip to Charlotte, NC, site of the 2014 NAHBS and Myrtle Beach, SC, my month really went to crap in a hurry. In fact, I think the April of 2013 has been the worst one in my 46 years.

I’ll spare you some of the details, but for lack of better terms, I am going through some personal issues in my life.

The first issue I faced was that after 15 years, I lost my best friend Elwood. I had to put Elwood down on April 15th.  His last morning here was spent with me in our backyard. I fed him pancakes for breakfast and laid with him until the Veterinarian had given me the news that his heart had quit beating and that he was at peace.  It was one of the hardest moments of my life. He’s been the first dog of my adult life that I have had raised from a pup to full maturity and had to put him down.The last week or so of his life, he was in pain, weakening from not eating and his arthritic hips wouldn’t allow him to walk very well. It was his time.

Its been very tough to deal with this loss. I am crying now as I type this and its been just over two weeks.

The next issue I am facing will be revealed soon enough, but its taken the wind out of my sails for the moment.

Now, I’d like to take this time to let the few of you who read this as customers and not as a casual outside observers to let you know this; When I am in deep distress in my personal life, I will not make your bike. I know enough about my ability to focus and what my shortcomings are to not be comfortable in fabricating until I am past the issue causing me grief, sadness or despair. I owe it to you, my customer, to give you the very best bike I can deliver and that’s exactly what I will do. Now that I feel I am moving past that tipping point, I am able to devote 100% attention to your bike. I am back in the shop fabricating again, but, I now have to take a week to go to California to see my mom who isn’t doing too well.

I sincerely apologize for the month of April bringing me to my knees, but as they say “when you get knocked down, you find a way to get back up stronger” and that’s exactly what I am doing, getting stronger. And hey, its now May.

Thanks for reading.

DW

Always Photobombing my bike pics... Elwood T. Dawg 1998 - 2013

Always Photobombing my bike pics…
Elwood T. Dawg
1998 – 2013