Jeanne (Robinson) Omelenchuk’s 1956 track bike
This bike was made by George Omelenchuk for his wife Jeanne, who was a champion cyclist and speedskater. Among the notable achievements in her athletic career Jeanne won 16 national speed skating titles, five cycling national champion titles (the first women to win the national championship in two major sports), and competed on three Olympic teams.
In order to be competitive in cycling you need good equipment. Jeanne had the best. Her husband George, along with brothers Walter and Tony, operated one of the most outrageously capable bike and sporting goods shops in the country. Needed a part? They’d make it. Something broken? They’d fix it. George, a skilled gunsmith and clockmaker, had legendary machining ability which is proudly on display here.
The wheels are really hand-made. From forging the hub shells to fabricating axles and rims, these wheels were made from scratch. The rims are real beauties. George lightened up the already svelte extrusion with some precise drill work (by the way, the wheels are still true). The laced wheels were then tied & soldered at the spoke crosses. The front hub has the same super-wide stance as the rear wheel (130mm front and back, which is outrageous for a track bike).
The dual-plate fork crown looks great as does the gracefully curved handlebars and stem.
Hey, check out the Campagnolo model Brooks saddle! No kidding. This is one of the rarest saddle models you can find.