Photo by Kim Heikkinen
Damn Kim, that’s a rad bike. I really miss my old Gangsta track and its 4130 soul. See more of Kim’s newest rendition of his OG Gangsta with a new front brake here.
Malachi’s Northside Wheelers porteur is one of the best examples of how you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a classy ride, just a little creativity and insight. It doesn’t hurt to have Danny Hale of Shifter Bikes on your side though…
This bike is very similar to Dan’s own singlespeed porteur (which was stolen last year). It’s a Taiwanese frame, painted matte black but has some sneaky detailing. A coaster brake keeps the bike’s silhouette clean, while a Shimano Nexus 3-speed hub aids in scaling Melbourne’s hills.
How the bike shifts is one of the most clever details: a Campagnolo downtube shifter is mounted to the seat stay, allowing Mal to “suicide shift” this sleek beauty. Other details include a Northside Wheelers saddle, crafted by Mick Peel of Busyman, pinstriping on the hub / rims, pink nipples, Campagnolo Strada cranks and custom painted fenders. It’s a sleeper! See for yourself in the Gallery.
The story with this bike in particular is a common tale. As a youngster, the owner used to race at the velodromes here in Melbourne. Like many kids growing up, he rode what he could afford to and when the time came, he sold off his bikes to buy new ones.
As adults, many people track down their distant memories and relive their youth. The owner of this gorgeous 531 Cecil Walker track just recently put it together to get back onto the boards and what a build. A brand new frame, complete with Dura Ace track parts, Zipp 1150 rear and a Zipp 3000 tri-spoke front would bring out the inner child in any track racer.
One of the many bikes on display at Northside Wheelers is this Cecil Walker track bike. Fitted with one of my personal favorite groups, Dura Ace 10-Pitch, this track machine is very period correct for the time in Australia. In 1975, John Nicholson won the world sprint championships. Then again, in 1976 using Dura Ace’s new 10-Pitch drivetrain.
While he wasn’t on this bike in particular, it still serves as a visual time capsule of the era. Kyokuto pedals, Nitto track stem, ATP bars, Kashimax Five Gold are just a few of the other components and it’s topped off with stencil-painted Cecil Walker branding, something that was relatively new for framebuilders. Japanese technology meets Australian steel. Not a bad combination.
Check out more photos of this beauty in the Gallery!