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  • It was suggested that a frambuilders thread is made, for us framebuilders to post our work, without the worry of putting it into Porn or Anti etc.
    I'll also answer any questions you may have when I'm around. Particuarly if you want any to know any history on a Rourke frame you get hold of.

    I'll start with a frame I made for Muhammad Ali

    It was made to give to Muhammad Ali from Stoke on Trent City Council to commemorate his visit to the City.

    A bike was given as this is what got Ali into boxing, when his was stolen. Ali told the police officer that he wanted to teach the thief a lesson when he gets him. The officer said if you want to hit someone you had better learn how to do it, come to the local boxing gym, the rest is history. I have got a picture giving it to Ali but can't post it for legal reasons.

  • Quite nice.

    This should be a great thread!

  • Pffffffffff, no NJS!?

    ;-)

  • great story! Ride like a butterfly, skid like a bee.

    now where's that scottish bloke who makes those lush frames that pisti likes…

  • Donald where's ya troozers

  • Great idea. Looking forward to seeing some lovely Fevas in here. Props Rourke that is a beautiful frame and a great story!

  • Nice frame :)

    Perhaps merge the other frame building thread? - http://www.lfgss.com/thread51988.html

  • love the wrap around seat stays on that rourke...just wondering how wide the bars would have to be on the bike to accomodate ali's hands...

  • I saw on another thread a full bike made for the last pope - the proper one. Now The Greatest here. Elton John's run-around next. Lovely frame.

  • nice.
    looks like deda shaped top and down.
    skinny stays for a heavyweight :-)

  • love the wrap around seat stays on that rourke...just wondering how wide the bars would have to be on the bike to accomodate ali's hands...

    I did meet him, not sure he met me though. I wasn't sure what to say as he didn't really acknowledge me, he was sitting down and I was stooping to his side I just put my hand on his and Said "Thank you for this." (even though I had primarily made it for his charity) but his had were huge!!!! He dropped his Oakleys too as I was walking behind him. AND I gave them back, they would have made a mint on Ebay too.

    I saw on another thread a full bike made for the last pope - the proper one. Now The Greatest here. Elton John's run-around next. Lovely frame.

    BLIMEY! Have you got a link?

  • I'll never find it again. Can't remember which thread even. Searching 'pope' isn't much help either. Hopefully somebody else can recall it. Apparently old John-Paul never rode it though, I remember that much. Was either a Cinelli or a Colnago. I'm not making this up.

  • Are there any builders based in East, or in fact anywhere in London who wouldn't mind me coming to have a look and ask some questions? I've got mad skillz in metal, but I'd love to see the artist at work...

  • Swing your leg over that, son. The picture on the forum shows much more of the bike.

  • Blimey I'm not religious but I'm impressed!

    We made one or two gold plated frames in the 80's seem to remember mags doing the pictures thing with the bike chained to the rider so he couldn't lose it. :-/
    I will try and find a copy.


  • Popes Bike:

    **EC: **We built this golden bike for the Pope in '79. It was a special day when we went to the Vatican to present it to him. Very emotional for me. I went with my entire family; my brother Paolo and his son Alessandro. We heard that the Pope liked to ride a bike and that he did a ride of 38km two times a week when he was in Krakow and he continued to ride when he was in Castel Gondolfo (the Pope's summer residence outside of Rome). The Pope picked up this bike and told me it was marvelously light and that he wished he had one like it a long time ago!

       I remember that the Pope said to  me that "you are in the midst  of all          the cyclists and the  sport and I want to bless cycling and all  the riders."          That  really touched me deeply when the Pope said that. 
       **CN: **Do you think that Pope John Paul II actually rode  this bike?        
       **EC: **No, I don't believe so.  After          a year or so, the Vatican contacted us to give this bike back  and the          Pope  requested a sports type bike with regular flat handlebars  so we built           him one, a white one. That's the bike he rode in Castel   Gondolfo.
    
  • Did build a couple of steel frames at work in the past. Prototypes and private frames and stuff.
    Rode these and finally trashed them when I got new alu and carbon frames. Such a shame. Even didn't make pics.
    Would like to make some frames again, when I had the change to put my hands on a torch and sand blasting equipment. Wonder how much you people spent for your gear...

  • There are a few people on this forum who are into framebuilding, and quite a number who have done Dave Yates' course. I look forward to seeing the bikes all in one thread. Nice one Rourkie.


  • 26" daily ride. Made from Columbus Zona, Long Shen lugs and silver solder.

  • ^ woah, plenty nice that!

    can imagine that a bike with such clearances and 26" makes it quite nippy?

  • Racist

  • Ive got the same chainring as the pope.....:O)

    Bless you all

  • Anyone done the Downland Cycles course? Was considering it as an alternative to Dave Yates' massive booking time.

  • Sorry haven't had time to update what I'm upto.
    Just repainted my dads bike for the Bristol Show and My mtb, I just wanted to experiment with mine still not 100% sure I like It but did really enjoy playing.

    Sorry about quality taken on my phone.




    All feedback good or bad appreciated

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