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1987 Michael Celmins Road

American-made road bike from Santa Barbara, CA. It was made by a small builder who stopped making frames in 1993. I got it as a commuter. I'm planning on restoring the frame as funds come along and when I find somebody who can reproduce the decals. Currently, it has all of the parts the original owner had except the pedals and the handlebars.


Shimano 105

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano 7400 Dura Ace

MKS Sylvan Track, Soma 4-Cage, Soma Double Straps

Shimano 7400 Dura-Ace 7sp freewheel,

Shimano 7400 Dura-Ace Rear Derailleur, Campagnolo Nuovo Record Front Derailleur, Shimano 7400 Dura-Ace 7sp DT shifters

IRD/Tange Super Prestige high polish threadless stem, threadless stem adapter, Soma HWY ONE handlebars

American Classic seatpost

Campagnolo Nuovo Record single-pivot brakes, Shimano 7400 Dura-Ace non-aero levers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Specialized Hub, Mavic G40 rims, DT-Swiss spokes

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Specialized Hub, Mavic G40 rims, DT-Swiss spokes

Cardiff Kilgetty saddle/handlebar bag

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial
  2. Spiced-up Commuter

Current Stage Info:

I hated the old handlebars on the previous version so I changed out the stem and the handlebars. I like compact handlebars so I got a Soma HWY ONE drop bars. I also did not like the cloth tape I had so I switched to some good old cork-colored cork tape. I also put a handlebar bag, a Cardiff Kilgetty. Its big enough to fit a windbreaker, tubes, tire levers, cable lock, and a mini U-lock.
I also switched out the tires and got some Soma New Express 700x32 with gum sidewall and Terra Cotta tread. I like puncture protection and fatty tires for commuting. This set up should be perfect for my ride to school.

Added by retroawesomeness. Last updated about 9 years ago.

As of about 9 years ago, retroawesomeness has indicated that they no longer own this bike.



u4rick says:

I have a Michael Celmins for sale. I'm in San Diego. You can see the bike here if you're interested... http://santabarbara.craigslist.org/bik/...

Posted over 7 years ago


bglassel says:

Please let me know if you have any luck in finding a source for Celmins decals, I need a couple for my bike!

Posted almost 10 years ago


retroawesomeness says:

Didn't find anybody. Unfortunately this bike got stolen from me :/

Posted almost 10 years ago


Nimhskater978 says:

amazing ride

Posted about 10 years ago


Ewwyou says:


Posted about 10 years ago