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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 over 10 years ago.

As of over 10 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 8 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 11 years ago


retroawesomeness says:

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

Posted almost 11 years ago


Nimhskater978 says:

amazing ride

Posted about 11 years ago


Ewwyou says:


Posted about 11 years ago