Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Eighth in a Series of Bruce Gordon's Personal Bikes

This is the first Touring Bike I made for myself in June 1979.  That was back when frames all had level top tubes, 180mm Seatposts, and Down Sloping Stems so everyone rode a much larger frame.
This was the First Low Rider rack I made, along with a matching Low Rider Rear Rack.

The bike Originally had Eclipse Panniers & and Campagnolo Nuovo Record Parts.


















The Front Low Racks are much the same design to this day.


The lugs are Old Stamped Steel Cinelli - the Bottom Bracket & and Fork Crown are Cinelli investment castings.  It is built with Columbus SP tubing and a 4130 Chromoly Seat Tube.


This is a very old version of the "Wave Shaped Cut Outs" which I still do today.
The frame was initially painted by Les Lunas of the Miracle Paint Co. - it was restored to original paint by Ed Litton Cycles.






Wednesday, June 17, 2015

TIRES ARE HERE!!!!!!


Thought I'd include a picture of my thumb


700c x 43 Skinwall are here. All sizes 700c x 43 and 650b x 43 are ready to ship in Skinwall and Blackwall - order them here -http://brucegordoncycles.bigcartel.com/ca…/rock-n-road-tires



Friday, June 12, 2015

Seventh in a Series of Bruce Gordon's Bikes


This frame was the second one I built for myself in June 1977.  Like the Gold one I used the parts on it for my next frame (the pink bike I rode at the Eroica in Paso Robles - http://brucegordoncycles.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-first-of-series-on-bruce-gordons.html)  
It was the first one I built that had a fixed seat post/seat tube.
I made a steel version of the Campagnolo Seat Post top that took the 2 bolt pieces from a Campagnolo seat post.  The seat tube was an .035 4130 Chromoly tube that went from the Bottom Bracket to the Seat Post clamp.  I could not adjust the Seat height, but, it was Cool.
It was Columbus SP tubing except the Seat Tube and had Cinelli Stamped Steel Lugs.  This is the first bike I built myself that had the Graduated Asymmetric Holes in the lugs.  That is a design I still use on many of lugged bikes






Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sixth in a Series of Bruce Gordon's Bikes - And WOW I've been in business for 39 years



Wow!!  I’ve been in business as Bruce Gordon Cycles for 39 years – I started out under my name in June 1976.  Before that I was Vice-President of Eisentraut Bicycles for 2 years.

I thought I would feature the First Bruce Gordon frame in the "Sixth of the Series on My Bikes".  Here is the first frame I built for myself in June 1976 – at that time I robbed the parts to equip my next frame.  I did this on the first couple of frames – then afterward I bought new parts.  All the frames and bikes I have built for myself since 1976 are on display in My Gallery at the shop.  Anyone who wishes to see them all in person – Please give me a call and set up a appointment.

I Welded Spear Points on the Lugs, Bottom Bracket, Fork and even the Pump Peg.
The frame details have evolved since the first frame, but, you can see the progressions.  It was built using Columbus Tubing, I started with Prugnat 62D lugs, and an early Cinelli MC fork crown.  
It was painted by Les Lunas of the Miracle Painting Co.


I’m still looking for someone to join me and help out – they will probably own Bruce Gordon Cycles in a few years.  Anyone interested – please give me a call.














Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I can't believe it!!! A Modern Gravel Grinder Rock 'n Road Bike



I have just finished a "Modern Gravel Grinder"
It has a Tapered Headtube with a Enve Cyclecross Fork, Tubeless Rock 'n Road tires on
Pacenti CL25 rims,  TRP - HY/RD - Cable/Hydraulic Disc Brakes.
The parts are SRAM CX-1 - 1 by 11 group.
And of course our "Famous Rust Paint Job"

A complete bike equipped like this one would be $5300 to $5600

It is a 51cm center to center seat tube frame with a 57cm top tube and an 11cm Thomson Stem.
And the best part - it is for sale - come check it out.




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Video on Bruce Gordon Cycles from Kitsbow

Here is a "Cool" Video on Bruce Gordon done by Elliot Wilkinson-Ray of Kitsbow

                         


Enjoy and share if you would like.



Friday, February 13, 2015

Fifth in a Series of Bruce Gordon's Personal Bikes

     Let’s take a step back to 1983, in the early 80s Jim Merz , who was building frames in Portland, started working with Mike Sinyard of Specialized.  At a cyclo cross race in Portland, Merz had what he called a “Mountain Bike”.  It had fat 26 inch tires and upright bars. He suggested I ride it up and down curbs. I remember thinking it was pretty neat that you could ride up and down curbs.  But, I remember thinking that it was an odd bike that would never take off.  I was wrong.  So, I built a Mountain Bike in July of 1983.  It was the first paint job by Corbin Dickinson, my new painter.  I told him I wanted a green with black zebra stripped.  He masked it off and made it very Anatomically correct.

It was the way mountain bikes where in the early 80s. Back then, head and seat angles were very slack and there was no specific mountain bike tubing. So, I made a lugged frame with Columbus SP Tubing (it was the heaviest tubing available at the time).  It had a 1 inch top tube, 1.125 inch down tube and seat tube.  It was a 60 cm center to center, with a level top tube.  Head angle was 68º and seat angle was 70º, 62 cm center to center top tube, 5.3 cm of rake, 46 cm chain stays and drop of 4cm.  I don’t remember what kind of lugs I used.  I used a Mountain Goat Fork Crown that I brazed over the mountain goat cast into the top of the crown.  I got it from Jeff Lindsey of Mountain Goat Cycles in Chico California.


I had all the parts anodized black. It had Suntour derailleurs and thumb shifters, Specialized Triple Crank, hubs and headset, with a Regina Oro 5 speed free wheel (“that’s right, before the freehub existed”), with Martano Italian made rims and Specialized Ground Control Tires.  Shimano cantilever brakes with Magura brake levers, Campagnolo Seatpost and Quick Release Seat Binder, Avocet Touring II Saddle, Bear Trap pedals,  and a Bull Moose handle bar brazed by Tom Ritchey.  

"Turns out I was wrong about Mountain Bikes, Things have changed, Mountain bikes are quite different then the first once."