Bishop Bikes Chris’s Own

Bishop Bikes Chris's Own

This isn’t Chris Bishop‘s latest build at all, but I only stumbled across it recently and was awed by its striking features. Chris managed to acquire a few sets of Gilco’s star-profiled tubes a couple of years ago and it would have been remiss of him not to build a frame for himself from one.

Gilco is a portmanteau of Gilberto Colombo, a member of the hallowed Columbus tubing dynasty. In 1966, Gilco was incorporated as Trafiltubi, specializing in the technical development of the business and contributing to legendary frames like Colnago’s Master and the Cinelli Laser.

With that heritage in mind and a perpetual longing for a Master Lite, Chris formed a classic Italian road racing frame of his own — with some special differences. The traditional chrome embellishments were replaced with high polished stainless steel and Columbus XCR was introduced to the rear triangle.

Windows were cut into the head tube lugs, adding a modern touch and an old titanium Syncros seat post was recommissioned into a wedge-style arrangement. The real showstopper for me, however, is the stark contrast between the red hues, black shades and the weathered patina on the custom stem.

See more details on Chris’s flickr set and stay tuned for a new website, which is also about to appear.

Bishop Bikes Chris's Own
Bishop Bikes Chris's Own
Bishop Bikes Chris's Own
Bishop Bikes Chris's Own
Bishop Bikes Chris's Own
Bishop Bikes Chris's Own
Bishop Bikes Chris's Own
Bishop Bikes Chris's Own

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  • Fernando

    Wow those breaks are ugly. This frame deserves more.

  • frithnow

    First time I’ve been inspired to comment and it was because I love the brakes. Each to his own

  • Troy van Trienen

    I have a bit of a thing for stems and this one brings a smile to my dial.

  • ininbita

    Very great job, congrats! superb lugs, framework, and combination of colours. 100%OK
    I like ALL the bike except the saddle (I think was better a classic San Marco Rolls, or Selle Italia Turbo, in black of course).
    Best regards