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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Ken Wallace McLean

This one recently showed up on the Prolly blog site. Gabus took the picture above somewhere along the line and forwarded it to me. The second shot is from Velo Cult. As far as know it still belongs to the original owner, Ken Wallace.


Justine Valinotti said...

What a beauty! Happy New Year!

Mimbres Man said...

Very nice bike!
What's the purpose of the champagne cork? Does it have something to do when needing to change sew-up tires? (You can tell I'm no expert on this type of bike or the traditions.)

Gunnar Berg said...

It's for luck. It goes back to 6 day track racing at Madison Square Garden, which was originally a velodrome. The social elite of the day sipped champagne in the center and supposedly the ladies would give the corks to their favorites. Or something to that effect.

"Cycling Lore From Days Of Yore:
In days of old, when bike riders were bold,
and a fixed gear was all they'd need,
with lots of torque they attached a cork,
and rode away with speed.