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Thursday
Sep232010

Two Oldies

I was recently sent pictures of two older frames that I built.

Rich Tretheway is the original owner (Since 1985.) of a 59 cm. Fuso painted in the Black and Yellow colors of the San Jose Bicycle Club; a race team I co-sponsored with Shaws Cycles.

When Rich was racing he was riding 10,000 mile per year, these days he rides 2 or 3 times a week. Rich told me:

“I love riding this bike, I have ridden friends late model aluminum and carbon frames... but nothing rides like "my bike". I have upgraded everything except the brakes and handlebars over time.”

The Fuso is pictured above.

The second bike is one I built in England 33 years ago in 1977, still with the original paint, and is shown below.

It was sold last month on UK eBay, and was shipped all the way to Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where its new owner David Wu took delivery.

The bike, a 49 cm. is fitted with some new black mudguards that go nicely with the original black paint. The strange decal up by the gear levers is not original.

Calling on my UK readers on a totally different subject.

I have been asked to write an article on British Time-Trialing. Of course I know all the history stuff, but I am not up to date on what is going on now.

Are riders still going for the fast times on the “Drag Strip” courses with the high traffic, or are more events being held on the slower but safer courses?

Also I am thinking of making a trip back to the UK late this year or early next. Would there be groups or clubs interested in inviting me as a speaker? Any leads you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you.

 

                          

Reader Comments (5)

Way cool.

I will not be happy until I get my Fuso replaced (stolen in 1987). I can't even find the paperwork on it to add to your list. Dam.

I have very bad Fuso envy.

September 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarge

Dave,
You could do worse than contact this guy regarding time trialling in UK...


http://cyclinginfo.co.uk/blog/

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPBA

Both bikes look great - especially the '77 in the black/white color combo. Nice.

September 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan O

Both stunning bikes dave

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaz h

Hi Dave
I'm based in the UK, and am part of a cycle club based in Abingdon near Oxford. We are a pretty inclusive club riding anything from 4 to 100 miles, on a variety of types of bikes (I lead the road bike rides). I suspect that the distance of our rides/pace may not be advanced enough for a rider like yourself, although you would be very welcome to join us for a ride. However there are other cycle clubs nearby, and one of these does time trials (Didcot Phoenix), as well as Zappis bike club in Oxford run by Flavio Zappi who wore the Green Jersey in the Giro di Italia. If you are interested I can put you in touch with them.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Burgess

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