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Old 10-04-23, 09:40 PM
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RIP Hugh Enochs

I know our colleague Brent had some personal contact with Hugh's wife (now his widow) so he can add more details, if he chooses to.

This is copied from the CR list 10/4/2023, (obviously from another Bay Area fixture, Bob Freitas):

"Hugh passed away last Thursday after a long illness
He was an industry fixture here in the Bay Area and over the
years sold a wide array of Equipment and Supplies,prolific painter and
built quite a number of frames.

BOB FREITAS
CORTE MADERA CALIF USA"
apologies for misspelling Hugh's last name, it S/B Enochs

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Old 10-04-23, 10:54 PM
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I recall his postings on the bikelist version of CR.
unfortunate.
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RIP Hugh

Another stalwart leaves us.
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thank you for sharing this sad news

had some frames painted by Hugh about forty year back

gave him a couple quality crashed frames for harvesting of the reusable bits

does the CR discussion say anything regarding a Jevelot continuance?

have not heard any news of the enterprise in many years

thank you for any information


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Hugh painted the frames for Ritchey/MountainBikes. I was a pain in the butt to drive down to Mountain View to get them, but worth it for the great work.
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"does the CR discussion say anything regarding a Jevelot continuance?"
Nothing mentioned about that, so far.
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Originally Posted by juvela
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..does the CR discussion say anything regarding a Jevelot continuance?

have not heard any news of the enterprise in many years

thank you for any information


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I think the Jevelot enterprise is gone. Hugh's most well-known product outside of the San Francisco Bay Area was his Jevelot branded latex sidewall protectant for tubular tires. Lesser known were his plastic toe straps and helmet mirrors. He also built frames under the Jevelot name and distributed various Japanese and European parts.

Others know much more about Hugh than do I. I met him once when he painted a frame for me in the seventies. Hugh had Parkinson's Disease. My more recent involvement is as a small player in the group effort to help his wife clear out two garages full of bike bits and pieces that had accumulated over the years. To that end I have been selling numerous items, most of them BMX, for her on ebay and at swap meets.
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Still enjoy riding my 1983 custom-built frame from Hugh. He also replaced the top tube damaged in a car accident. I'll take it for a spin in his honor.

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sad news indeed. I had a chat w/ his son in law 3 - 4 weeks ago. Matt wanted to swing by and see my bike. my schedule has just settled down enough to call and set something up.
I'm sure Mike still wants to add to the project of documenting Hugh's career. should anyone have anything to add please contact me and I'll pass your contact info along. a write up
my bike appears here;

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Sorry to hear about Hugh, I knew him for years, even when he had a shop on Alma in Palo Alto.
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I never met Hugh in person but did have this one episode in which I met his daughter:

Years ago he posted a request on the CR list to borrow a "Bianchi Celeste" colored Silca Impero frame pump for some project he was working on.

I replied that I had one (too small for any frame I owned but it's the sort of thing I kept around "just in case") and would be happy to loan it.

Only thing for me was I rarely got down to La Honda (think that's where he was at the time) so was casting around for a meeting place half-way up the Peninsula, like Redwood City.

He said his daughter lived in Bernal Heights and could act as go-between. Was that location convenient for me?
Sh-t yeah it was! So I dropped it off with her, several months later he emailed me "I'm done with that pump, worked out fine. Can you pick it up at same place?" Which I did.

Never found out what he was doing with a Celeste Silca but I warned him the color of that pump was guaranteed to be one of 3 dozen different shades of "Heavenly Blue".
He knew, said that wasn't a problem.
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Here is one of the coolest bikes ever, absolute one of a kind, done by Hugh.

https://pezcyclingnews.com/readersri...unner-shimano/

Fantastic bike and story.


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May he rip Thoughts and prayers go to family and friends
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Hugh's son in law here. Hugh's health hadn't been great for a decade or so, so he was unable to continue making the few Jevelot products he still made such as the rainbow pants leg straps or the toe clip straps. Some of the tooling still exists, but it's not really serviceable. I do have about a million toe clip buckles at my place in La Honda, so if you ever need a repair...
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Originally Posted by Mike_Z
Hugh's son in law here. Hugh's health hadn't been great for a decade or so, so he was unable to continue making the few Jevelot products he still made such as the rainbow pants leg straps or the toe clip straps. Some of the tooling still exists, but it's not really serviceable. I do have about a million toe clip buckles at my place in La Honda, so if you ever need a repair...
Tx for weighing in Mike, sorry for your loss, Hugh's work was exemplary.
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It's great to see the kind words and memories people are sharing here, and the photos of the bikes!

Hugh was funny, he didn't hold onto many bikes, and the only one he still had that he'd built will be looked after by his son. Most everything else he had sold off when he closed his last shop, and the remaining parts and tools sold off recently, so it's nice to see his handiwork so cherished by the lucky few who own his bikes.

I have been passing this stuff along to the family and they are very touched. There will be a small memorial for him at the end of this month.
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Mike Z -

thanks so much for sharing your thoughts

if you have any imagery you would like to share you can post it to "gallery" or create a "member album" on your home page here at the forum without having to wait for ten posts

readers can then post the images into the thread


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Photos

I added an album of photos to my profile from Hugh's early days of bicycling and wrenching
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60's Paragon - Hugh Enochs and Lars Zebowski - Now in the hands of another BF member






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60's Paragon - Hugh Enochs and Lars Zebowski - Now in the hands of another BF member







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thank you!

have long been under the impression that Lars quit building somewhat before the start of the boom

is that accurate?


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