In my early teens I was lucky receiving an English 3-speed Ross for
Christmas. I road lots and began modifying it. After moving to Los Angeles
in 1960 and having heard about lightweight bikes with derailleurs, I
convinced my dad of a bike upgrade. We settled on an Olmo with Campy
derailleurs and hubs and I was really rolling, soon joining a local
cycling club. The next few years saw further bike upgrades and racing as a
member of Ted Ernst‚s South Bay Wheelmen in Manhattan Beach. ŒWish I still
had my Ric Super from those days!
Fast forward a decade or so. Following a move to the Bay Area for grad
school, I began actively cycling and road sporadically after marriage. But
she really didn‚t like it, so the bike got bagged and hung in the garage.
More years passed and when my son at about age 7 jumped on our neighbor's
16-inch BMX, it was time for a mountain bike so we could ride the trails
together near our home in Half Moon Bay. Approximately the same time I
discovered a source for cast-off bikes and parts at recycling center. I
began rebuilding and selling early-generation mountain bikes. After
several years I moved to higher quality road bikes and began full
restorations which included re-equipping them with Campagnolo components.
Since used Campy parts continued increasing in cost, the complete bike
restoration approach became uneconomic as well as time-consuming
and overly complex. Now I concentrate on high-quality, Italian frame
restorations, which I find simple and satisfying and so do my customers.
Transforming a “cosmetically-challenged” but essentially sound, artisan-made
frame into an attractive, desirable item for someone to assemble into their dream ride,
really turns my crank. I have many frames for sale and in various stages of restoration.
It‚s a pay-as-I-go, hobby/business. I've been selling a few every year for about 15 years.
I ride often, doing moderate trips in Northern California. My two resto-rides are
a 70's Japanese-made, Suntour Superb-equipped Bianchi sport-tourer and an 8-speed,
Campy-equipped, '73 Colnago Super. One for longer, tough rides, the other for shorter fast ones.