Monday, August 10, 2015

Eleventh in a Series of Bruce Gordon's Personal Bikes

This is about the Last Loaded Touring Bike I have built for myself in September 2002.  It is a 29er (which will fit my Rock 'n Road tires).  It is very similar to my Rock 'n Road Tour, but has 2 forks - one Rigid one (pictured) and a White Brothers 29er Suspension Fork, and Disc Brakes.

It has a 9 speed Shimano XT Group, a Chris King Headset, Avid Mechanical Disc brakes,
"Old" Mavic M-231 Rims, and Bruce Gordon Racks front and rear.

It has a Rigid Segmented Suspension Corrected Fork that I made with a 1 1/8 steerer fork with a Aheadset Chicken Neck Stem.  Everything is Powder Coated my favorite color -"Rust".

My next Blog about my bikes will be on my City Bikes - which I like a lot.
The first City Bike I made has already been reviewed.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tenth in a series of Bruce Gordon's Personal Bikes

In keeping with the posts on my Touring Bikes.
I built a Loaded Touring Mountain Bike for myself in August 1985.  This was the first of my Mountain Touring Bike which I built and took to Crested Butte Colorado for the Mountain Bike Festival.

Me - riding through a stream in Crested Butte

Me - trying to sell some "Cosmic Whirls" in Crested Butte

The Specifics on the frame - 60cm Frame (center to center), 61cm Top Tube, 70 degree Head Angle, 72 degree Seat Angle, 45cm Chainstays,  4cm Bottom Bracket Drop, and 5cm Fork Rake.  It has Columbus SP Tubing & Tange Chainstays and Fork Blades.  Shimano SFR Dropouts (I would love to find more - if someone has them), and Japanese Lugs (with my Traditional Asymmetrical Hole Design) and a Japanese Bottom Bracket.

As for parts - they are a mixture of parts from Shimano, Specialized, Sun Tour, Campagnolo, and Salsa Cycles
Specialized Rims & Ground Control tires

The Original Salsa Stem with a roller (If it ain't Moto - it is Worthless) 

Sun Tour RollerCam brakes - licensed from WTB who made the originals.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SALE ON 27.5 or 650B X 43 ROCK 'N ROAD TIRES

I'm having a SALE on the 27.5 (or as I call them 650b x 43c) tires.  They will be on sale until Tuesday July 28th.  I'm putting them on sale to introduce this size to all the people who are riding newer 27.5 mountain bikes or anyone who is riding a bike that will accept 650b x 43 tires.  Please take measurements to see if they will fit -

I have both Skinwall or Blackwall - and they are "Tubeless Compatible".

Until Tuesday the 28th they will be $50 each including shipping

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ninth in a Series of Bruce Gordon's Personal Bikes

Because I'm putting Touring Bikes on my blog - I thought I'd describe a later touring bike.
This post is of a Touring Bike that I built in June of 1982 (Wow that was 33 years ago).
This was "State of the Art" Touring parts before Mountain Bike parts became common.
The frame was built with Columbus SP tubing with a Reynolds Seat Tube and Seat Stays.
It was 65cm c to c frame size with a 57.5cm Top Tube,  44cm Chainstays,  5cm Fork Rake, and a Drop of 7.5cm.  It has a cast Cinelli bottom bracket, Henry James lugs with my "Wave Pattern", a cast Cinelli MC fork crown and Long Campagnolo dropouts.

Included were a Huret Duopar rear derailleur, and Suntour front derailleur and a Custom Drilled
Super Record Crank to take a 30 tooth chainring rather than the 36 tooth that was the standard    Campagnolo triple ( I can still drill Campagnolo Cranks for the smaller ring - because I still have the drilling fixture).  It has "Half Step Gearing" with 50/46/30 rings and a 6 speed 13/30 Suntour Freewheel and 700x28 Specialized tires (Yes - I went touring on 28mm tires).  Included were my Racks Front and Rear that were brazed at the time.
Hard to believe that I rode that as a Touring Bike - times have changed.

I drilled the stem to internally run the wires for the early Avocet Cyclometer.
I rode this bike fully Loaded from Eugene Oregon to San Francisco California.

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


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 -…/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 -  
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