Originally Posted by DeDuva
I hope I run into his bikes again someday, I'm curious to see if my 18 year old tastes align with those I have now.
Fred sold me my very first bike! His wife came outside and taught me how to shift – "keep paddling!" (Fred and his wife both had thick German accents despite living in the US since the 1950s). I totally loved them and their shop, and went back whenever I was in the area.
At least one of their daughters also worked in the shop painting details on bikes to be sold. The shop was near the four corners of Brookfield in the 1970s and 80s (maybe earlier too), and Fred had a welding shop across the street.
He specialized in making extremely lightweight but strong racing bikes from Reynolds tubing when I talked to him about bike frames in the mid-80s. He said that in order to get the tubing from Reynolds, they would send you some, and you'd have to send back a sample weld so they could QA it before letting you build a frame. The tubing had very thin walls and was a pain to weld, was my understanding.