And I have one marked "Bob's Cycles". I came by this rear hub at the old
Beverly Hills Bike Shop in B.H., Ca. The store was formerly Bob's Cycles, owned
by Bob Berghino, who started his bike business in NYC at 200 West 67th St.,
probably in the 30s. His letterhead which I still have a copy of states that he
sold VIANZONE bicycles along with F.B. hubs and cranks. His speciality was
BRAMBILLA custom made racing cycles. I am sure that as a native Italian, he had
good business connections here, which probaly explains how he got F.B. hubs
with his name on them. When Bob moved to California, the NYC store became
Guildo's Cycles, where as a 15 year old junior cyclist attending my 1st Nationals
(at the old Flushing Meadows track), I happened onto and fell in love with a
slightly used black Frejus track bike, which I bought for $75 and had shipped
California by Railway Express. I don't know when Berghino moved to California,
but I had heard that he mentored Bob Tetzlaff early in his career. I also
don't know when Berghino died, or sold his business. It was become B.H. Bike
Shop prior to the early 70s. With the Tetzlaff thread I would say that he left
the store in the late 50s.
Through all these changes the store logo stayed the same. See the Jim
Langley website as he uses a version of the same logo.
AND my first set of good track racing wheels had flanged F.B. hubs, built up
with wood rims.