> Henry W. Mathis, age 84
> Henry was owner of Southeast Cycles on Capital Hill
> in the heydey of the bike booms - 60's, 70's
> The shop was around from probably the 20's, maybe
Now that Larry has mentioned Henry's love of unusual bicycle transmission systems I finally understand some of the more quixotic items that were on display in Henry's shop, which at one time was my LBS.
The most notable item was a bike, based on a Schwinn frame, that had something like 270 gears using a five speed hub, a couple of freewheels and a multi-chainring crankset. (Or perhaps a 3 speed hub and 3 different freewheels - or 2 chainring sets - I really can't remember exactly how it was set up). Anyway he was also a page from Ripley's Believe It Or Not on display , claiming that the bike had the more gears than any other in the world.
I also now understand why they always had cones, locknuts and all the little bits for every hub we brought in, no matter how unusual. The older mechanics who worked for Henry were also quite colorful. Did anyone out there ever work with Adolph? Regards, Fred
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