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harvey nitz and my (our) team 7-11 huffy bike

Old 01-17-10, 10:21 PM
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harvey nitz and my (our) team 7-11 huffy bike

just met with the great leonard harvy nitz today. what a fantastic guy he is. a real class act. no ego at all. loved to talk bikes and his days on the 7-11 team with phinny and the gang. had some great stories about lemond as well, as he trained with lemond out here in sacramento area for over three years.
he confirmed that the bike i picked up last month was one of the bikes he rode on the team. he even remembered the crazy grip shift that he had especially custom made for him which you can see on the bike. thought you guys might enjoy this.
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Old 01-17-10, 10:33 PM
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That's pretty awesome, Joe.
Bet it was interesting for him to see that bike again.
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Old 01-17-10, 10:45 PM
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yes indeed! he looked at it for about 30 min. checked out all the parts, many of them were not the ones he used, by the way, i asked him how he knew that, and he said that he still had the parts he used. he explained to me that he personally made titanium parts for the derailleurs, brakes,etc, and fit them in. the parts that are on the bike now, he told me, are the standard team issue parts which he put back on the bike when he sold it.
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That's pretty awesome, Joe.
Bet it was interesting for him to see that bike again.
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Old 01-17-10, 10:48 PM
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just met with...
That right there is what its all about.

He looks very laid back, but I bet he'd smoke any one of us.
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These are the ones that were actually made by Serotta, aren't they?
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yes, they were made by serotta for most of the team. i guess andy hampsten had his made by the guy who makes land sharks. dont know why exactly but probably because he was under contract with him first.
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These are the ones that were actually made by Serotta, aren't they?
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yes, they were made by serotta for most of the team. i guess andy hampsten had his made by the guy who makes land sharks. dont know why exactly but probably because he was under contract with him first.
Most likely Andy had his bikes built by John Slawta because John made some super lightweight steel frames at that time, he used to experiment with many lightweight tube sets.. He built one for his wife Jennifer who was an incredible hill climber, she had the record for the Mt Baldy hillclimb that was as he put it twice as thick as a coke can.. You could actually squeeze the top tube with your fingers and see it flex a little..
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Now that right there can wipe out an awful lot of bad days. What cool thing to have happen.
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That is really great!
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those pics of nitz are great. you know, i asked him if he ever rode murray stamped bikes and he said that he didnt think he ever did. so those pics are fantastic. he told me he might have a leftover team 7-11 jersey and shorts and said if he did he'd let me know. keeping my fingers crossed! ps. that pic of him in the mengoni jersey--he told me a great story of how richard sachs was building their bikes and he harvey all the particulars and harvey told him he wanted chrome forks and chain stay. sachs told him "i dont do chrome". anyway they argued for an hour, finally harvey told him something like "well, i dont need your bike, i have one already" and at that point sachs gave in. he got the bike, a beutiful candy apple red with chrome. i guess the bike cracked later but harvey welded it back and to this day he still has it. i think its that bike you have in the pic.

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I can't even imagine arguing with Richard Sachs.
That's pretty awesome.
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