This bicycle was seen at a recent midwest swap meet and it is a nice example of an American framebuilder in the 1960s, in the Detroit area. There was very few American builders at that time, Eisentraut was just starting out. George Omelenchuk starting building frames and then expanded to rims, hubs, stems and other parts of the bike. His wife Jeanne, was a national champion in cycling and speedskating, the first woman to ever win two national championships in two different major sporting events. She was cycling National Champion in 1952 and 1953, and represented USA in the Winter Olympics in 1960, 1968, and 1972.

If anyone has more information about George Omelenchuk, his shop and his bike building history, please contact me, I would love to learn more. There is very little information on the internet about him. 

Nice inch pitch block chain.

Thanks to a follower of the blog explaining the disk- “the discs on the rear wheel are snail cams and were used to adjust the chain tension.. it is difficult to see in the photo but they usually have a peg at the front which they push against..”

Headclip headset.

Older stem, 1930s?

 Name stamped in the front rim, the back rim(Lobdell) does not match, but the hubs do, they are BSA.

Rear spokes are tied, but not soldered?

2 thoughts on “George Omelenchuk built bike

  1. Hi there!, nice Blog!, the discs on the rear wheel are snail cams and were used to adjust the chain tension.. it is difficult to see in the photo but they usually have a peg at the front which they push against..
    Quite common on fixed gear bicycles here in NZ and i would imagine in the rest of the old British Empire…
    Many thanks for the lovely photos!!, more please!!

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  2. I saw this bicycle stashed in a dealers pickup truck… I wanted to make an offer, then before I knew it, it was over in Sam's pile! Well, I live in the Detroit area. There has to be another one around here somewhere!

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