of the best kept secrets among Dutch frame builders: the bikes made
by ZIELEMAN (pronounced: Zeel-a-man) in Amsterdam. Even in the
Netherlands only a few ageing cycling afficionadoes have heard about
him. It is the kind of exclusive bike a retired pro would ride when
no longer under sponsor obligations. These lugged steel bikes to my
mind have been on a par with all the Colnagos, Masis and Pinarellos
of this world for the past 30 years at least.
Update 2/24/2005: Ko Zieleman has retired and is no longer building frames.
Luke van Iwaarden's Zieleman
Type Special circa 1980;
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