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The Sheldon Brown, Dampierre, France

This is the first (and so-far only) bike I've built from scratch, photographed near Dampierre, France in 1989

I built it in 1974, while apprenticing to a Chicago frame builder named Rob Myers. It was intended to be a hot-dog Italian style criterium bike. Unusual features include brazed-on Campagnolo brake center bolts, a spearpoint running up the back of the seat tube, and a chainstay bridge that runs all the way through both chainstays.

It is built of a combination of Reynolds 531 and Super Vitus tubing, silver brazed except for the fork ends, which are brass brazed. It has 6-speed Dura-Ace shift levers, which index surprisingly well with the Sun Tour Cyclone derailers and Regina Oro 12-22 freewheel, Sugino crankset with 28/42/52 Biopace chainrings, Campagnolo Record hubs (high-flange rear, small-flange front), Phil Wood bottom bracket, Brooks Swallow saddle.

Since this photo was taken, I have installed Scott AT-4 Pro handlebars.)

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