September 2, 2010 § Leave a comment
it was nearly a year ago that i bought a 1975 Witcomb USA frame on eBay. the purchase was totally an impulse buy (not something i usually do)! I was surfing eBay late one evening when i came across the listing for this frame (broken, but repairable, according to the seller) in the last 30 seconds of the auction. no one had bid on it, and there was a reserve price (not visible to me). i decided the ‘max’ i would pay and hit the send button. my ‘price’ happened to meet the reserve, and the frame was mine. the seller was none other than Stephen Bilenky, of Bilenky Cycle Works, in Philadelphia.
i guess i’m just a geek, and i’ve had come to terms with it. 😉 i’m a woman who loves steel bicycles, guitars, fountain pens, and Leica cameras. i love used and vintage, i love new. i absolutely have great appreciation for things that are elegant in design, well made, and built to last.
ok, so back to the Witcomb USA frame. after buying the frame from Stephen, it was time to decide what to do with it. duh, you say. build it up and ride it! there’s a bit more to the story, really. the frame’s front triangle was damaged, but Stephen let me know that while in the process of repairing it, we could (to a point) revise some of the frame’s dimensions. this is where it started to get interesting….