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Don Walker Cycles
Don Walker
Speedway, Indiana

What can I say about Don? Big guy with a truckload of big trackbikes.

Oh yeah, he's also organized this whole show. How does he find any time to watch hockey, that's what I want to know?

Track racer (holy smokes), show organizer, doting father, and one of the long-time Gallery supporter.

Ton's of stuff on his website about how he got here. And I also saw a photo of Don using one of Anvil's frame fixtures so any thoughts that Don might be retiring to just do shows....well not with a shop full of brand new frame building fixtures, that's for sure.

About Don......
Exclusive to The Fixed Gear Gallery by Bill Palladino.

Don Walker The first time I met Don he was difficult to miss. Hes a big guy, in the well over six foot category, and would look comfortable on a rugby field, or for that matter as the bouncer in front of the Scottish Pub after the match.

In fact Don was the only person in the entire convention center wearing a skirt.

Alright, so it was a kilt - what do I know about fashion?

Don is pretty well known on the show floor. As the official organizer of NAHBS, hes the point-man for all that happens here. And during our interview he was interrupted to handle a touchy situation, (youll just have to listen to it.)

Hes also a frame builder as those of you familiar with FixedGearGallery know. Don was once a track racer and has a distinct leaning towards building sturdy battleships for the Velodrome. Hes sacrificed a lot of his frame building business to coordinate this show.

So give the man some props. Hes done a hell of job.

Says Don: "Make it go fast, make it indestructible if you crash it, and make it look pretty if you can."

Heres a little Robert Burns ditty in honor of Sir Don.

O gude ale comes and gude ale goes;
Gude ale gars me sell my hose,
Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon-
Gude ale keeps my heart aboon!

And for those of you who know Don, it was great to see him with his daughter Juliana. And that's her bike, the one with the blue polka dots. Must be great to have a dad who's a framebuilder, eh? Best bike at her school I'll bet.