Re: [CR]Bicycle Specialties in Toronto

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Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2004 15:47:42 -0800 (PST)
From: "David Feldman" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Bicycle Specialties in Toronto
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Douglas, I used to work for Serotta's 3rd largest dealer and hold their bikes in the highest regard--but your Federal makes any Serotta ever made look like the chrome wire pushcarts lined up in front of Albertson's! Thanks for sharing the beauty with us. David Feldman Vancouver,WA

--- dbrk wrote:

> Two weeks back I once again visited Bicycle
> Specialties in Toronto, Mike
> Barry's truly wondrous shop. I picked up the
> refurbished Rene Herse
> Federal complete with a new as-good-as-Herse-himself
> front carrier
> (directly taken from the design of these bikes, Mike
> has several) and all
> put together constructeur-style, perfect, just
> perfect. This frame had
> been salvaged from a curb in Arizona, brought to SF,
> sold eventually to me
> in truly horrid condition but no dents or damage,
> just truly beyond
> leaving well enough alone. It was refurbish and
> repaint or watch her die a
> painful, rusty death. Mike Barry has forgotten more
> about these bikes
> than I could ever learn and he did a magnificent job
> with the restoration.
> It is "Herse bleu" once again with a box gold
> stripe and proper Herse
> markings. The mudguards are Honjo hammered but the
> rest is more or less
> period correct and NOS where possible. I could not
> be happier. If you
> care to peak, I've posted some pictures here:
> I may be mistaken but if it true that our esteemed
> Mr Baylis is going to
> rename his concern something like 'Vintage Bicycle
> Specialties' then I
> would find that most unfortunate. There is, after
> all, already one
> 'Bicycle Specialties' producing modern classics and
> doing restorations and
> the like in North America---and it's been around now
> more than 30 years.
> I think another name might be more fitting, but
> that's just my opinion and
> it is said with all proper deference to and
> admiration for Mr Baylis.
> Douglas Brooks
> Bristol, New York