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Jim Rogers frame

Old 05-31-07, 04:59 PM
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Jim Rogers frame

I just got a 1960's fixed gear bike.. It has hand painted Jim Rogers on it.. The owner had it stored for 40 years and raced it one season.. Looking for any info on the builder..
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You might want to ask in Classic and Vintage.
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That is gorgeous. Yep, definitely post this in C&V. Those guys know everything about older bikes.
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do you mind if i ask if this was a sweet deal?
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man what a score...
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search in classic and vintage. my partner picked up one of his road bikes and asked about it, got some good info. heh, about the same size, too. i'm thinking definitely custom jobs, maybe hand-made by the rider?
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I have posted it in both.. Still no good answers on the builder but will keep searching..
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I'd be willing to bet that's a one-off custom build by the rider. Cool bike. I have a line on two frames of a similar origin. If I get them, I will probably build the prettier one (if there is a prettier one) as a true track bike to display and the other I will build for the street.

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here's is what the orginal owner just sent me when I asked him about the frame builder, intresting story..Hi Chris,

Cool.

Jim and I briefly worked at the same bicycle shop, ‘Champaign Cycle’ in Champaign Illinois. I’m going to guess he made no more than 30 frames…unless things took off after we drifted apart. He also built a criterium (road) frame for me that I really didn’t like the way it road/cornered --- something just didn’t work with the geometry on that one – and this caused a bit of a fall-out between us as he gave me a great deal and was looking for the exposure…not that I was national caliber even…I didn’t want to race the frame. I did some frame painting in those days…I might have even painted the track frame…I don’t remember, but my guess is not. And this was part of the further trade that he and I had going…me painting, he building. He was never big-time enough to sponsor a team. Back in that day (early 1970’s) custom frames where the rage and there was a lot of aspiring craftsman that got into the trade. Very ego to see people on something with your name on it. Some got in rom attending a frame-building class that Eisentraut (spelling?) gave. He was THE frame-builder that everyone looked up to in at least the mid-west racing circuit. The first to really do fine thin lug work and his frames just looked so much better than anything else out there when he came on to the scene. I don’t remember f Jim attended the class or if he learned the trade by other means. Part of the deal with the class was you built a frame for yourself so there are a lot of truly truly custom frames out there somewhere – the one and only by a particular builder
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