[CR]Re: spades/clubs/diamonds/hearts

Example: History

Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 09:45:17 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
From: worthy2@earthlink.net
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: spades/clubs/diamonds/hearts

"what's behind the tradition of using hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades as detail in handmade lugs?"

any and all information much appreciate

Since you asked for "any and all"...this is pieced together from hearsay an d anecdotes, so take it for what it's worth: I heard that most of the pro racers (and especially the Italians) spent a g reat deal of their downtime between stages and on the road engaged in card games...gambling. Since they are a competitive lot, the sideshow of the car dgames often got to be just as heated and contentious as the actually bike race, and there could be a lot of payback for last night's gambling in that
   day's race. Some of the best racers were the worst losers at cards and vic e-versa, and the day's winnings from race prizes could completely change ha nds in the night's cardgame...you get the picture. So, when these racers/ga mblers went into the next phase of their careers, lending their good names to a bicycle or bike company, their true love of the cards was part of thei r image and signature, especially among the peloton who knew who the "lucky
   bastards" were. So you see the Heart on DeRosa, the Club on Colnago, the D iamond on Pogliaghi, and all the suits on Ciocc (who's nickname means "poke rface") as well as a bunch more that I'm forgetting...anybody have a compre hensive list? How about those motifs on bikes from other-than-Italy? In Trivia, Alan Goldsworthy SF, CA