Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cleanliness is next to godliness

     Pile of freshly cleaned Campagnolo Nuovo Record and early generation Dura-Ace components.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Faliero Masi

    I found this photo of Faliero Masi while going through some catalogs. At first I thought the photo was signed, upon closer inspection, it is a print of a signed photo. Still kinda cool.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Shop history!

     Here is a photo of Curtis out in front of the Lombard Street store. He looks like such a kid in this photo, not that he doesn't still look great! That was the original location of the business in Philadelphia, between 13th and Broad street in the 1980's. Yes, that is a REAL Bowden Spacelander in his hands. Very rare bike!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Art!

This is a small oil painting a customer of ours did. It is the front of our store. I saw him while he was painting it across the street and wondered what he was painting. A short time later, he brought the wet painting in and gave it to Curtis. True story.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Proteus Design Catalog 76-77'

      This is a Proteus catalog from 1976-1977. I have shown the pages that include the frame building kit they offered. Below the photos is a brief history of the company. They are still in existence in College Park, Maryland as a bike shop. History and group shot were  borrowed from the Classic Rendezvous site. I always liked this company and their approach to frame building, something for every level of craftsman.







     1972: Across the street from the University of Maryland, 3 young bike enthusiasts  decided to make their own bikes and a booming business was begun. Proteus took a very hands-on, proletariat approach... you could buy a bike frame, or a bike frame kit, or have your kit's tubes mitered by Proteus, or have your bike painted after you made it at home!
     Proteus also was a prime supplier for building bits and tubing. They published a frame building manual (even had a second revised edition, both sadly long out of print)) which made the magical art of frame construction more accessible to the average craftsman.
     Frames were made by various employees who changed regularly, yet, on occasion, highly trained master builders also came & went at Proteus. Perhaps most notable was
Koichi Yamaguchi, who went on to have his own workshop in Colorado and build quite a reputation.
Top: Larry Dean, Beth Williams, Barry Konig-
Bottom: Steve Schuman, Jim Wilkin at the Proteus Design bike shop
photo courtesy route-one.org