MinneCycle 2017: Cecil Behringer Matching Road and Tack Bikes
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk
Cecil Behringer started his love affair with bikes at age 17, racing around the track. Soon after he had to leave bikes behind to join the war at the time. While in the Navy Cecil learned more and more about metals, so much so that some years later he created a lugged Ti frame using an oven (the first one in the world).
His work has a similar approach to Wyganowski, and that with good reason, he is the first in the lineage of builders that taught the like of Terry Osell and Tim Paterek, who then taught Paul Wyganowski. This is apparent in the use of open tubesets, again to help with the breathing of the frame, and reduce interal corrosion and rust.
This matching set of bicycles was on loan from the Cycling Museum of Minnesota, with similar details spread between both bikes, like the stamped Behringer “top eyes”, Dura-Ace cranks, and Columbus tubesets. Thank you to the Cycling Museum of Minnesota for bringing out these two beautiful bicycles. For more information you can check out the Cycling Museum of Minnesota here.