Wally Duncan's custom Chris Pauley bike.
Here is his background story:
“From the mid 70s to the mid 80s, I was owner/manager/sales, etc. of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Works, an 800 sq ft bicycle shop at 829 Santa Barbara St. Chris was one of my first employees. I was learning about the bicycle business by the seat of my pants so Chris was a great help.”
“One day, Chris said he wanted to build bicycle frames so he took a welding class at Santa Barbara City College. He then asked if he could start building bike frames in the back of the shop.”
“Even though the place was small, I said ‘sure’. The first couple of frames were a disaster, but Chris kept at it and built a frame that he rode. Some of the local bikies and racers had him build their frames.”
“I asked Chris to build me a frame and he said ‘sure’. It was fun working on the design together, what kind of tubing, lugs, fork crown, etc.”
“The frame is a combination of Reynolds 531 and Columbus SL chrome-moly tubing. Back in the day, when I rode silks, it weighed about 18 lbs. The frame is painted with DuPont Imron which has held up pretty well over the past 30 years.”