I'm not an entirely new member - I was subscribed for a little while earlier this summer, but couldn't keep up with the list volume, and signed off to go on vacation. Well, when I found I had some more time for email, the list was gone! I'm glad I found it again. Interestingly I recall thinking it was a shame Listbot didn't have some of the features Alex has here on bikelist, particularly the 'nomail' flag so I needn't bother Dale with resubscribing after vacation!
Anyway, the bikes that mean the most to me tend to be early-to-mid '70s lightweights, because that's when I got hooked on cycling. I still have the Viscount Aerospace Pro I bought used from a friend in 1977, though it's currently apart. Many of the original parts are long gone, but the 'death fork' is in a box in the attic somewhere :-). I wonder, if those things ever get collectable, whether a selling point would be that it has both forks (the original aluminum and the correct warrenty replacement). It's actually the only *nice* vintage bike in my stable. I've got a few dump rescues that are a long way from nice, but interesting anyway.
I've been poking through the archives... Someone asked who made the leather saddles on Viscounts; I have heard they were made by Middlemore, whoever that was. Larry Osborne mentioned a Waco biplane flying over Trexlertown; was it red? I have a photgraph of my brother posing with a red Waco biplane at the Kutztown airport where we stopped to watch airplanes on a ride a couple years ago, and it's a beauty. Probably the one you saw... I grew up near Reading and reading all this stuff about Trexlertown was making me homesick (and OLN keeps showing races and stuff in S.E. PA... I'll be watching the houses and countryside going by, thinking "that looks like Pennsylvania", and they'll go past a driveway with a Tastykake truck. I always stumble into those programs in the middle). I recall riding our ten-speeds at the velodrome when it was new, and open to the public most weekdays, and watching races there - something I never get to do now that I live 300 miles away.
Anyway, It's good to be here, and thanks to Dale and Alex for putting this all together!
Karl Frantz Sterling, Massachusetts -------------------------------------------------- Karl.Frantz@juno.com