Re: [CR] Ian Hibel

Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2001 19:05:44 -0800
Subject: Re: [CR] Ian Hibel
From: "Mark A. Perkins" <>


You're probably correct about Ian's bike at the time you speak of, but when I met and rode with them, they were both riding custom built bikes that they had just gotten, as they were still sorting-out both the bikes and their gear prior to the trans-Amazonian trip. I remember Ian making a point about using components which one could find replacement parts for on the road, in even the most remote areas of the world. He also said that these framesets were built with all of his experiences on previous trips in mind. I remember one of the bikes was an opaque blue color, but I don't remember if the other was the same. I believe there was also a circular sign with a white circular background, painted to commemorate one of his rides, which was somehow attached to one or both of the bikes. It's been a very long time, and they were only around Fresno for a very short time. I really enjoyed my visit with them.

Regards, "Bicycle Mark" Perkins Visalia, CA

On Mon, 19 Feb 2001 13:48:11 -0500 "Russ Fitzgerald" <> writes:
> Gilbert writes -
> >In Ina Hibel's book " Into Remote Places" he claims to have married that
> >ridin partner. It's hard to imagine the quite life suits him. Maybe Hilary
> >Stone has an update from the last 12 years.
> I recently got that book through interlibrary loan and buzzed through it
> fairly quickly. I enjoyed it, but will confess to being enough of a
> gearhead as to be slightly disappointed. I was remembering the articles by
> and about Hibell and his tours in the old Bicycling! magazine ....
> In particular, I seem to remember a sidebar article with a pretty decent
> right-side photo of his bike in black and white. Someone who has the
> appropriate magazine, refresh my memory or correct me where I'm wrong -
> Hibell's bike was an F.H. ("Freddie") Grubb racing machine from the late
> 50s, right? About a 42-in wheelbase, Reynolds 531 throughout, no derailleur
> hanger?
> Campy Record (brass 'n' chrome) rear derailleur - stock cage on it?
> Stronglight cranks with a mongrel Campy/Stronglight BB? Wasn't it a
> double-chainewheel setup?
> Weinmann sidepull brakes?
> Campy dt shifters
> Campy low-flange hubs?
> Weinmann 27 x 1 1/4-in alloy rims?
> Brooks or Ideale saddle?
> What I remember about the bike was that it was all older stuff even when I
> was reading about it (c. 1975-76, right?). No Shimano, no SunTour, just
> older stuff that worked.
> Russ Fitzgerald
> Greenwood SC