[CR]Re: Klein pics, now other fat tubes

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Date: 2 Jan 2003 16:18:48 -0000
From: "Steve Kurt" <kurtsj@mtco.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
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Subject: [CR]Re: Klein pics, now other fat tubes

> From: Ken Wehrenberg <wnwires@htc.net>
> I agree-- my Cosmopolitan is very much a classic! I might also add that it's design was an element of interest in the Klein-Cannondale suit.
> Ken Wehrenberg, Hermann, MO -- snow moving in

Mark me down as someone who'd also like to see the pics of the Cosmopolitan! IIRC, this was a lugged aluminum frame, and used rivits to attach the tubes to the lugs? The creator of this, and all Hi-E products, was Harlan Meyer. Harlan started out as an aerospace engineer, and had done design work for Lockheed (on the C-5 Galaxy cargo aircraft, I believe), so there would be a natural tendency for him to use assembly techniques on bicycles that were in use on aircraft. Harlan was probably the only person to design bicycle rims built from flat stock and assembled with rivits!

Any info out there on how long the Cosmopolitan was good for? My gut reaction is that the rivited lugs wouldn't be as reliable as tig welding of the tubes.

Steve Kurt
Peoria, IL
(just traces of snow right now....)