Crawlin' up, flyin' down
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Bikes: 1967 Paramount, 1982-ish Ron Cooper,1986 De Rosa Professional, 1978 Eisentraut "A," 1961 BianchiCompetizione, 1994 Trek 520, 199? Burley Bossa Nova, early-1970s Cinelli Speciale Corsa
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Possibly an interview with Albert Eisentraut, one of the true icons of American frame building. He's in Oakland, and he may not be building any more (he's been building frames for at least 50 years now), and he has a reputation for being a tad prickly at times, but he is a true legend.
Similarly, you might want to try interviewing Dennis Stone (Stone's Bicyclkes, Alameda) and/or Peter Rich (Velo Sport, Berkeley). These are two shop owners who have been in the biz pretty much forever and can give a lot of historical background to the development of cycling and its popularity in the Bay Area. Peter Rich in particular was a major supporter/sponsor of racing when nobody but nobody ever thought of bikes as something you could race.
Rich sponsored the Tour of California - not the current Amgen version, but a stage race in 1971 or so. It was a great race, by all accounts, and it damn near bankrupted him, as legend has it. He would be a great source for the background on how NorCal has long been a racing hot bed.
Good luck with your project.
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney