Don Walker Cycles - News Don Walker Cycles News en-us Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:53:09 UTC (Todd Heckeler) (Todd Heckeler) Don Walker Cycles News: Spring, ahem, er, Summer Cleaning Sale! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:37:22 +0000 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





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




]]> Don Walker Cycles News: Just a quick update... Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:20:18 +0000 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



]]> Don Walker Cycles News: Its been a wild year.... Sun, 01 Sep 2013 20:39:08 +0000 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!



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….



]]> Don Walker Cycles News: Back to work! Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:16:55 +0000 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!


]]> Don Walker Cycles News: Thank God its May! Wed, 01 May 2013 16:32:02 +0000 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.


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

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

]]> Don Walker Cycles News: Some folks gotta ruin a good thing.... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:08:14 +0000 Ok, well, my blog might not be that “good” of a thing, but a thing none-the-less. And you know what? Its my thing.

But there are folks out there with nothing better to do than to make comments on my blog, which I moderate to make sure nothing inappropriate makes it way to you, my readers and readerettes, and you know what?  99% of those comments are SPAM.

That being said, its a sad day when I have to tell you, the readers of my little slice of DW opinion heaven, that I am closing the comments once and for all.

Yeah, I know, I know. Most folks either have the comments closed on their blogs, or they would rather spend a bunch of time moderating them.  Well, I have finally read enough SPAM comments along the likes of “Make money stuffing envelopes” or “Russian Brides want to meet YOU!” and the ever popular “We can cut your mortgage rate in HALF!”

Look a**holes, if I wanted a new job, a Russian Bride or a lower mortgage, I would use flipping google.  For the record, I am not calling you, my dear reader who hangs on my every word, an a**hole. I am calling the losers who waste your time, my time and anyone with an email inbox or blog capable of having comments an a**hole.

I cannot fathom how crappy their life must be that this is the only way that they are able to communicate with the world or that this is the only job they are qualified for. I take solace in knowing or understanding that if they know this much about spamming that they must (but not likely) have two brain cells to rub together and at least one of those must be socially awkward or something.

At any rate, the comments will be closed as soon as I can figure out how to do it.

In the meantime, feel free to comment about the following pic. I’ll allow just about any comment as long as its NOT SPAM or negative or any BS like that.

Enjoy your last opportunity!




]]> Don Walker Cycles News: NAHBS 2013 Post Show Musings Fri, 01 Mar 2013 23:36:58 +0000 Well, its been a good, no, make that interesting year already and we just started March. Let me ‘splain;

NAHBS in Denver is now a memory and I went into it stressed about some personal crap going on in my life. To say I wasn’t on my “A Game” might be a bit of an understatement. I missed deadlines on bikes with my painter, but none-the-less, he bailed me out with a stunning DWC Team scheme on a MTB at the last minute. (Thanks mucho Jamie!)  I had help from the best team in the amateur ranks in my booth and at the show. A special thanks goes to JC Breslin, Scott “Scooter” Whitehair and of course, “Mr. Dependability”, Blaine Heppner. I couldn’t have functioned as well as I did without these guys. I owe them big time.  But probably the biggest difference this year, at least for me, was there was distractions all around me and I remained calm. Almost too calm, some would say. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and its taken me 46 years to figure out I can react or do the opposite. By doing the opposite, seems I have confused many people who know me pretty well and they kept asking questions trying to get me to react. Its ok. I have bigger fish to fry, or at least catch at the moment and once everything else settles down, I’ll be sure to thank them for sticking with me through all this stuff.

Speaking of “Thank You’s”, I need to get these out of the way before I forget. For those who don’t know or understand the true corporate hierarchy, NAHBS is a small family business made up of myself, my wife Lesley, who is the Exhibitor Services Manager, and we employ the talents of our friends; Robin does our contract negotiations and runs the show onsite, JC does our Sponsorship Management, Paul does PR/Media Services and Scott was in charge of NAHBS Awards this year. This year we added Mary (a friend of Robin’s) to handle the Volunteers and back Robin up when she need it.  Anyhow, if you know them or see them out somewhere, shake their hand, tell them a warm and heartfelt Thank You and let them know that you appreciate their hard work to make this years show a success. I know I certainly owe them a large debt of gratitude for all they have done and with that, I need to say Thank You! a million times over.

So, lets wrap up my ’13 show now.

When I got to town, I was lucky enough to be contacted by Caley and Matthew from Velonews. They wanted a pre-show interview.  I probably gave them way more than they were looking for, but hey, when have I ever kept my fat mouth shut? Anyhow, you can read my unfiltered thoughts here.

The show opened on Friday at 11 AM and right off the bat, a flood of attendee’s came through the door.  I had a couple of visits from some VIP’s throughout the day (See pics)

This is Lloyd Thomas, one of my Canadian National Team riders from the early 90s. Lloyd now lives in Germany and is one of the leading authorities on fitting for professional riders. You would not believe his client list!

This is Lloyd Thomas, one of my Canadian National Team riders from the early 90s. Lloyd now lives in Germany and is one of the leading authorities on fitting for professional riders. You would not believe his client list!

Georgia Gould gives Charles Xavier Chickenski a thrill! Its not every day that an Olympic medalist shows up in your booth and the only good pic has her blinking...

Georgia Gould gives Charles Xavier Chickenski a thrill! Its not every day that an Olympic medalist shows up in your booth and the only good pic has her blinking…

Katie Compton stopped by as well. Charles certainly knows that chicks can't keep their hands off of him... lucky clucker!

Katie Compton stopped by as well. Charles certainly knows that chicks can’t keep their hands off of him… lucky clucker!

Mr. Matsuda of Level Bicycles. He ended up winning Best Track bike and Presidents Choice!

Mr. Matsuda of Level Bicycles. He ended up winning Best Track bike and Presidents Choice!

My brother from another mother, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove and his lovely gal, Cali!

My brother from another mother, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove and his lovely gal, Cali!

Erik pushed the envelope again with a badass track bike with a Voltron theme. Wicked cool!

Erik pushed the envelope again with a badass track bike with a Voltron theme. Wicked cool!

Aaron Dykstra does a 3Rensho tribute bike. Well executed!

Aaron Dykstra of 611 Bicycle Company does a 3Rensho tribute bike. Well executed!

Anyhow, the show went pretty well except for the snow storm on Sunday that would ultimately be named Rocky. That seemed to keep many folks way on Sunday, but we still did pretty well attendance wise.

Now, the tough part of the story. I decided for some unknown reason that I wanted to get home on Wednesday, as we had planned, but in order to do so, we would have to leave while it was snowing because I was trying to beat what I thought was a larger system looming from the west. I should have listened to the omen of a flat tire on the trailer, but I didn’t and proceeded to head out of town anyhow after I got the tire fixed. The snow wasn’t too bad, but I should have stayed the extra day. About 80-100 miles east of Denver on I70, in the high hills ( I suppose you’d call them mountains, but they weren’t rocky or anything, and they didn’t seem all that steep…., but I digress) the wind was blowing pretty hard and the snow was coming down, but not as bad as I had seen before the trip started. I was in the right lane and coming up on a Semi when two Semi’s passed me like I was standing still. We were heading uphill and around a slight corner so I decided to pass the Semi in the right lane and moved over to the left lane. I had almost cleared him when I noticed that the wind and snow had created a large, long drift in the left lane.  As I drove into the drift, the trailer started pulling the truck to the left and then the front of the truck seemed to really head left to go down the embankment. I counter steered and gave it some gas and it finally grabbed. This was only good for half a second before I went shooting across both lanes. Thank God that the Semi driver saw what was happening and hit his brakes hard because he knew if I corrected the truck and trailer I would be heading back his direction. All the while this was going on in real time, I am yelling at Lesley “Where’s the Semi? Where’s the Semi?!!” because I feared he would plow into us. So, as I am now beyond the right lane and partially on the shoulder and partially on land,  I ease it back onto the shoulder and then roadway. Once my blood pressure was down to a more normal range, I got back up to speed and kept going. I think the cool part is that it took a couple miles for that Semi to pull even with us and when he did, I waved to the driver and he gave me a very firm “Thumbs Up!” and a big nod and then he left me in his dust.  I’ve never jacknifed a truck/trailer before, but looking at the possible outcomes, I know exactly how fortunate we are.  We could have gone over the embankment and rolled both truck and trailer, hit the semi and gone over the embankment and then rolled, been creamed by the semi as we came back across both lanes. Any way you slice it, I owe my life to God protecting us from major injuries if not death. I don’t think it was luck. Luck seems far too dismissive under the circumstances and all I can say is that I’ve had some time now to reflect the incident and wow, my eyes are open.

I’ve mentioned in the past that I wanted to make some changes in my life and this sure seems like the right time to do it.

Thanks for reading!




PS  The best part of the story is that with all the bikes in the trailer, they only sustained minor, and I mean minor cosmetic damage even when all the boxes and display stands went all over the trailer from the wicked forces of the trailer whipping around. I figured you’d be wondering about the bikes…


]]> Don Walker Cycles News: Holy CR@P! Its a new blog post! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:14:40 +0000 Its been a while. Oh blog, how I have neglected you so.

Well, the wait is over for a new post. But, its only  quick one.

I just so happened to find out one of my team riders is quite a good photographer.  Since I left Indy in October of  ’11, I hadn’t done much to take quality pics of my bikes.  I mean, honestly, I have been busy building bikes, but I hadn’t taken any studio shots since the move. Well, I am here to tell you that those days are over.

Meet Nathan Roberson. Nathan is this guy here in flight. DW press--5


Nathan is one of those guys you like having around. He’s very intelligent and a perfectionist.  He’s super energetic and loves to ride and race bikes. He comes from a BMX background and over the years has adapted to road, cross and MTB very well. Anyhow Nate-O, as we like to call him, has become the new *official* Don Walker Cycles Photographer and Bicycle Build Documentarian (impressive title, huh?) and here’s a sneak peek at his debut pictorial.  Enjoy!



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]]> Don Walker Cycles News: Looking for a few good Trackies... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 03:25:12 +0000 Just like the title says, I am interested in having a few riders join my track team.

There are a few tid-bits you’ll want to understand before you fire off your race resume or palmares, and they are as follows;

1. You’ll PAY for your frame. It will be discounted (heavily) from my usual price, but make no mistake, you’ll pay unless you have stars and bars to your credit.( and even then, that still may not be enough for “free”)

2. I am only looking for responsible, well behaved riders. If you have a hair trigger, thin skin and love drama, don’t bother. I only want professional attitudes with a great work ethic and the ability to be a part of a TEAM.

3. I’m looking for youth… i.e., U23 to develop as a team and race at Nationals and other regional calendar races, so you should preferably live in the Midwest.

What I expect from you;

1. You need to show up at every race, not every third race. And by showing up, I mean ready to race and perform your best.

2. Talk. This means about your bike and how it fits, rides and performs. This doesn’t mean sell, but help educate those around you about how my bike fits better, rides better and performs better.

Pretty simple, huh?

If you are serious about making this kind of commitment, feel free to email me at don at donwalkercycles dot com and put “track team” in the subject.

The fine print; mass start riders are preferred, but I can accept one (1) dedicated sprinter/kilo rider. You’ll receive product support from my team sponsors. Women are welcome.

I look forward to hearing from you.



]]> Don Walker Cycles News: What exactly does that little UCI sticker do? Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:21:00 +0000

Well, as it turns out, nothing, really.  It pained me to be a part of what I consider the largest scale shafting of the bicycle industry. Before I really get all uptight, let me explain the back story here.

It started a couple years ago when the UCI decided that frames and forks need to be “approved” for competition. The basis was one of compliance to UCI specifications, however, it turned into the biggest money grab for this self serving entity. Yes, the same entity that “allegedly covered up a Lance Armstrong positive doping test” for a nice “donation” of $100,000.

Now, that means for any small builder like myself, I had to go through the procedure of submitting sample drawings of small, medium and large size frames in each model I make for road, track and cx, with all possible tubing diameters listed, and fork options that I use, etc. It was kind of time consuming drafting all these samples on bikecad, but I knew that in the end, I would be on their list of “approved” builders and could have my bikes raced at any UCI event. I wired the UCI the cash for the approval process and bam! Within a week or so, I received the email that said I was now approved and here was my decal graphic so I could have them produced and put them on my frames now.

Here’s where that upsets me. A few weeks back I was at the Cincinnati 3 day UCI CX race and I decide to walk down to the staging area for the opening day Elite Womens race since I have 2 women in the field. I encounter a friendly UCI Commissar and make small talk as they are preparing to get the ladies on the grid. I ask that question, as I should being that I “paid” for the privilege to watch my bikes start a UCI event, to the Commissar, “Hey, aren’t you checking for approval stickers?” and much to my dismay, he replies “No, we only investigate if someone protests the use of a bike.”

Wind immediately taken out of my sails.

So, I paid money for a decal that doesn’t even get looked at or any consideration at a UCI event? Wow, do I feel duped.

What is the point of applying said decal if it doesn’t even garner a look by an official at a UCI event?  Excuse me, but I believe if you say that as of a certain date, you cannot start a race without this decal, you best fu**ing enforce this rule.

I believe that if this rule is not enforceable, I, as well as all the other small builders who “paid to play” should be eligible for a refund and/or we start a class action lawsuit to make them enforce this rule.

Ok, I am done ranting. I feel better. So should you, that I cared enough to get my bikes approved so you may race them in UCI events (despite the fact they won’t look for the decal on the line….).


PS. If you, as a builder, have seen the same thing happen to you, contact me. Thanks!