Hi all: Thanks for your kind response re: Ted's mini-bio. As all these tropics(new CR codeword, means heated discussion) come up, I occasionally have a little to add and offer. If we do this long enough, you'll know all my secrets and I won't have to write a book I've got three lined up so far: HI_lo hubs, lug striping, and Regina cog removal. Let's see how far we get before bedtime detective story hour. I appreciated the fine fotos showing frame lug/fitting striping execution. During my pro racing time in Europe, I got to know Hugo Rickert quite well. His painter a fellow named Gunther Heitus was given an all expense paid trip to Italy by some Italian bike group to teach a several week seminar on bike painting. German dies and paints have always been good and Rickert and Heitus had color schemes and treatments that the Italians wanted to copy. I think Rickert was one of the first to have chrome panels in the middle of tubings. Most everyone chromed the whole bike and polished sections and left the places dull where they wanted to paint. Rickert sealed and coated the tubes and only chromed in the center sections. He would then strip the coating off, braze the frame and voila! have a frame with chrome centers and no chrome paintable ends. This made for new fade finishes with striping and blends and metallic or solid paints at the corners.I think that led to the early '60's Olmo , etc. paints. People used to wonder how they did that. It was somewhat more labor intensive, but really eye catching. Then came the coup. For very special clients, I was one, Heitus would only for Rickert customers paint not one line in fitting edge, not two, one in edge and one on top of lug, but THREE stripes! One on the lug, one in the edge, and a third on the tubing! Consider the skill and patience level for that rendition. Any volunteers? Usually Heitus would use your country's colors if possible, so I had R-W-B on green flam over chrome on the head. Very pretty. The bikes main color was candy apple red over chrome or white depending on location on frame. Panels were usually chrome, then painted and striped in pointed form so as to give the impression of motion instead of circular style which was a stop motion look. The circular look was too slow and prevented us from going fast enough to leave the paint behind and then impress the hell out of people by stopping and having the paint catch up and materialize in front of their bulging eyes. Seeing their incredulous demeanors as we slowly rode away toward the horizon was fine indeed! That's all for tonight. Ted Ernst, Palos Verdes Est., CA
> Here's something I've always wondered about:
> 1982 Olympic Catalog is printed for the year-end trade shows.
> Included are the Campagnolo freewheel and wood boxed freewheel tool set
> along with the Super Record front derailleur with black anodized arms,
> three holes and braze on fitting option, the HiLo Record rear hub
> (reputed to be originally custom-made for the West German Olympic Team
> in 1972)...
> I think there are a bunch of German collectors on the CR list at this
> point. Can any of you confirm or deny the rumor that the HiLo hub was
> originally made for the West German Olympic Team in '72?
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, Southern California
> http://www.velo-retro.com (Timelines, Reprints and T-shirts)