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Old 11-29-18, 01:46 PM
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Hi Merziac: I only have the one frame from Hugh Enochs. It was never even labeled "Jevelot", though, just bought it from Hugh. He also repaired it once, when I got hit from behind by a car, so he kept that frame going. I was aware of Jevelot in those days, because they also sold other stuff. I think I had liquid latex for my "sew-ups" that had Jevelot on the label. So maybe a few things like that. But I don't think I knew there was any connection between Hugh and Jevelot (or I'd forgotten) until this thread.

And I knew nothing about Merz. So your stories were very interesting, especially since the connection persists as you describe in the Eroica story. That is very interesting to me and gives more context and history about this bike that's been a central part of my life for over 35 years! My daughter thinks I have some cool bikes, but she considers this one my bike.
Well as you can see from my handle, I'm a big fan of Merz and if you go to his FB page or google him a fair amount comes up. If your daughter is on board then you have one of the best things going, not always easy to get that. The random connections are the best part of all this for me, you never know what you will put together and find some fascinating connection/info that ties something seemingly unrelated together.
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Old 11-29-18, 02:15 PM
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Well as you can see from my handle, I'm a big fan of Merz and if you go to his FB page or google him a fair amount comes up. If your daughter is on board then you have one of the best things going, not always easy to get that. The random connections are the best part of all this for me, you never know what you will put together and find some fascinating connection/info that ties something seemingly unrelated together.
Yes, thanks for introducing me to Jim Merz. I can certainly understand your fandom. Of course, I knew about the Specialized Allez when it appeared on the scene, and understood Merz's contributions via Specialized. I just didn't have a name to associate with all that, nor know about his solo exploits. So your links and comments have led me to all these other "random connections". And of course the SF Bay Area had tons of bicycle connections in those days. I was a regular at Wheelsmith and have the frame I have now. Like you say, the connections are, indeed fascinating!

This is a thread about rarity, and yet there are so many connections to things both famous (Specialized) and not-so-famous (Enochs, Merz, Jevelot . . . ).
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Yeah, well . . . it was built in the 80s, so yes, Purple Haze makes sense, with Hendrix power riffs in the background. The frame color was called "turchese", Italian for turquoise since Hugh used pigments and color chips from some Italian supplier. The paint was basically Imron, though, I think. Any way, I would have thought the color was more along the lines of teal. Teal and purple was a very 80s color combination. Or "Turchese and Purple Haze" perhaps, being the Italian version.
Jimmi Hendrix died in Sept 1970. He drowned on his own vomit. Purple Haze is a reference to the illusion when you digest rat poison (strychnine) and your visual perception becomes pixiated by a hue very much like the highlights of your bike.
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Rare


For me, a Desmarais in Columbus MS seldom seen. Following the footsteps of Marinoni, quite a few makers began making frames such ad Limongi, Ryffrank, Argon, etc
Desmarais had a low output and i have never seen one in MS
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Old 11-29-18, 05:53 PM
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Yes, thanks for introducing me to Jim Merz. I can certainly understand your fandom. Of course, I knew about the Specialized Allez when it appeared on the scene, and understood Merz's contributions via Specialized. I just didn't have a name to associate with all that, nor know about his solo exploits. So your links and comments have led me to all these other "random connections". And of course the SF Bay Area had tons of bicycle connections in those days. I was a regular at Wheelsmith and have the frame I have now. Like you say, the connections are, indeed fascinating!

This is a thread about rarity, and yet there are so many connections to things both famous (Specialized) and not-so-famous (Enochs, Merz, Jevelot . . . ).
Yep, just follow the wild hare or the yellow brick road. Merz was a friend/customer of Sinyard well before Big S who slept on Jim's couch when he came to PDX. Later also before it took off Jim tested touring tires that there were no good ones of at the time, they were drop shipped to him on the road as he toured. When they finally hit the target with them is when Big S took a quantum leap toward the juggernaut we have now.
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I think my Brian Rourke would qualify, at least for the U.S.
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I think my Brian Rourke would qualify, at least for the U.S.
Could be, lets see it!
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Could be, lets see it!
OK. I'll try to post a link. My Photobucket account was frozen.
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Sounds good.
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Hi there Drillium Dude,
The Sparrow is a great looking bike! I was just curious how you came across it?

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My Motorola Team bike, my wife's Cinelli 'The Next Machine' and my daughter's Falcon Victory of Reynolds 531p (professional) steel. My daughter also has a Raleigh Team Professional in the pearl paint scheme which is rare.





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The one i would say is rare that i have (the IM guys already know which one im talking about) is a 1988 Ironman Master Pro (probably Mike Pigg's) its a Zunow built frame with Centurion Color scheme and decals. Given each rider got two a year and there was 2 riders i know of Dave Scott and Mike Pigg, but Dave was riding Carbon at the time. my guess is there is only two (?)



as acquired in October

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Here ya go!


https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik...751405185.html

Says so right in the title!
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Old 12-06-18, 06:12 PM
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^^^^^ "Rare" here meaning "the opposite of well done"....
Def. "Wacky world" thread material. Cryptic text that looks like the dude pays by the word. Only one photo with space-bending fisheye effect, non-drive side (though in this bike's case, it hardly matters....). Two different prices. Almost a grand slam.
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Does this count?


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Here ya go!


https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik...751405185.html

Says so right in the title!
I have never seen that shade of yellow before. Is it rare?
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Does this count?


Now that is pretty. How many did they build?

And that paint is giving me ideas for another project.
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Here ya go!


https://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik...751405185.html

Says so right in the title!
Hey!,...... I think that's a super duper rare 1981 "Col de Cudahy Superleggeri Speciale", Lovingly Hand brazed together by famous builder, Emmet Smaltz in his shack, under the shadows of the old Schlitz Brewery, north of Milwaukee.....
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^^^^^ With Lenny on the paint gun and Squiggy on final build.....
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The rarest in my small collection is this prewar (1937) Hobbs of Barbican
The paint is original, very unusual and unique.

Hobbs ready for Cino by NBend, on Flickr
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The rarest in my small collection is this prewar (1937) Hobbs of Barbican
The paint is original, very unusual and unique.

Hobbs ready for Cino by NBend, on Flickr
One of the most beautiful Head tubes. Love that bike!
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More pics and info bitte.

Pretty bike, of course.
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One of the most beautiful Head tubes. Love that bike!
All of NB's bikes are top shelf.

Eye candy.
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^^^^^ I just love the name. Wouldn't it be cool to burst through the front door of the Prancing Pony Inn at Bree of a busy night and proclaim "I am Hobbs of Barbican!"
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