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Old 07-13-19, 08:36 AM
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Bobke’s favorite bike

nice video about a bike and a builder that I admire;

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Old 07-13-19, 09:21 AM
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Old 07-13-19, 10:40 AM
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This brings back memories. Being from Dayton, Ohio home of "Huffy" reminds me of when I was a teenager and I did some racing with the Dayton Cycling Club and an offer was made by a club member to have our individual bikes painted at no charge since Huffy was a corporate sponsor. I ended up having my Puch Marco Polo touring bike painted. The color scheme that was used was a pearlescent white with red decals. The person that did the painting was an amateur and the paint was terrible. There were runs, orange peel and soft paint. Just terrible. The guy that facilitated this deal said his dad could do braze on bits and I asked him to put campy cable guides and down tube shifter bosses on my frame. Big mistake! This guy's dad had never brazed anything. They were crooked, had all kinds of solder drips all over the place and they broke off while under cable tension during a ride!





I ended up sending the "Huffy" rebadged Puch frame to Doug Fattic who did a lovely job of fixing the messed up braze on bits (my LBS mechanic called them weld ons), stripping the paint and re-painting it a lovely metallic red/burgundy Dupont Imron color. This bike ran 27" wheels which is what I raced on as a junior in the practice races.
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Someone needs to hook him up. He should have more than a picture. His passion is awesome. Interesting to hear him talk about the "advancements" that are ho hum by today's standards with the same giddiness that he probably had in 1988. I like his take on being proud of the Huffy name. If Huffy doesn't sell a billion Omnis and Sante Fes, they wouldn't have had the money to sponsor.

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Old 07-13-19, 11:41 AM
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Isn’t he like the Bob Uker of Professional cyclist?
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Old 07-14-19, 10:23 AM
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Isn’t he like the Bob Uker of Professional cyclist?
Bob Roll is a former pro who has completed the Tour de France in 1986 and 1990. He has served as a commentator on MSNBC with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. He often provides "color" commentary.
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Bob Roll is a former pro who has completed the Tour de France in 1986 and 1990. He has served as a commentator on MSNBC with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen. He often provides "color" commentary.
Robert George Uecker is an American former Major League Baseball player and current sportscaster, comedian, and actor. Facetiously dubbed "Mr. Baseball" by TV talk show host Johnny Carson, Uecker has served as a play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts since 1971 Wiki

I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.
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Old 07-14-19, 11:32 AM
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Scott I have owned two of the 1987 team bikes. Both were broken at the chain stay when I got them from a retired Huffy executive . I met him at the Statesville NC mountain bike museum , now closed.
I went there to buy some Raleigh TT team frames. He gave them to me if I promised not to sell them. I waited almost six months for them.to arrive. I gave one to the original rider and still have one.
They use to show up on ebay for $900-2000. I have not looked now in a long time. I have seen quite a few pictures that clamed to be 87-88 bikes but the paint is not quite correct.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Robert George Uecker is an American former Major League Baseball player and current sportscaster, comedian, and actor. Facetiously dubbed "Mr. Baseball" by TV talk show host Johnny Carson, Uecker has served as a play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts since 1971 Wiki

I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.
<<< Brewer fan since birth. Listened to Uecker on an old clock radio in my youth when games were rarely on TV. His calls are legendary and he is beloved by fans and players alike.
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^ I am not even a baseball fan I like him
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This brings back memories. Being from Dayton, Ohio home of "Huffy" reminds me of when I was a teenager and I did some racing with the Dayton Cycling Club and an offer was made by a club member to have our individual bikes painted at no charge since Huffy was a corporate sponsor. I ended up having my Puch Marco Polo touring bike painted. The color scheme that was used was a pearlescent white with red decals. The person that did the painting was an amateur and the paint was terrible. There were runs, orange peel and soft paint. Just terrible. The guy that facilitated this deal said his dad could do braze on bits and I asked him to put campy cable guides and down tube shifter bosses on my frame. Big mistake! This guy's dad had never brazed anything. They were crooked, had all kinds of solder drips all over the place and they broke off while under cable tension during a ride!
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What a great (but sad) story. You had a perfectly good Puch and then it got all Huffied.
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I like that Bob Roll was respectful of his sponsor, Huffy, even after all these years, finding positive things to say about them. I've enjoyed listening to many (maybe all) of his Bobke TV bits on youtube. I don't know him, of course, but from his youtube stuff, I'd be honored to roll in the peleton with him. Him picking a classic, dare I say iconic, bicycle is just icing on the cake.
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'87 was the pinnacle for many fans of vintage steel bikes. Thereafter, everything started going to ****.

But I still prefer non-aero levers. They simply look better.
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I like that Bob Roll was respectful of his sponsor, Huffy, even after all these years, finding positive things to say about them. I've enjoyed listening to many (maybe all) of his Bobke TV bits on youtube. I don't know him, of course, but from his youtube stuff, I'd be honored to roll in the peleton with him. Him picking a classic, dare I say iconic, bicycle is just icing on the cake.

Pretty good interview of Bobke this morning, on NBCSN, in the time slot just ahead of today's TdF stage. Bob's being very honest about how tough its going to be replacing Paul Sherwen in the booth. I'm hoping he makes the grade and sticks with Phil, and that NBC is smart enough to keep them both.

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Is it just me, or is Bobke starting to look like Bob Weir? Either way, I love this guy. He's a self-described "Caveman" on a bike, and his stories of the early days of Americans racing in Europe are priceless.
He's one of a kind, and pure plain-spoken class.
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