1983 SERIES III BREEZER
This is one of approximately 60 Series III bikes built by
Joe Breeze. The nickel-plated, fillet-brazed frames used
the horizontal Campagnolo dropouts and;a clamp-on stem
that was attached to a brazed-on stub in the steerer tube.
As a finishing touch, the bike had a Swiss coin brazed to
the top of it and then plated. While the Breezer Series I
bikes are commonly regarded as the first “real” mountain
bikes to hit the trails,;the Breezer Series II and Series III
were more refined versions with improved features. These
bikes were scheduled, but only about 60 were produced
for a total production run of about 95 hand-built Breezer
bikes. Production was later moved overseas for a run of
bikes in the 1990s, but this is one of the originals that was
hand-built by the founder himself.
1986 CUNNINGHAM INDIAN CBC
Charlie Cunningham built this Indian CBC as a personal bike
around 1986, with custom geometry that featured shorter than normal chainstays. The custom geometry called for a very unusually tall
7-inch head tube, designed specifically to be used with drop handlebars to minimize the height of the stem. Charlie was known to be a
finesse rider, which allowed this personal one-off to be built with a
very lightweight tubeset. The bike shows a lot of attention to detail
and special modifications. The center-pull roller-style brakes probably provided just enough power to come to a stop on a steep climb.