[CR]re: "Stinsmen" bicycyles?

(Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina)

Date: Thu, 07 Jul 2005 19:14:52 -0400
From: "HM & SS Sachs" <sachs@erols.com>
To: dartley@co.ba.md.us, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]re: "Stinsmen" bicycyles?

Daniel Artley asked about Stinsman bicycles:

Someone is bringing a Stinsmen custom tandem to my vintage ride on the 16th. Its supposed to be a short wheelbase tandem w/ track ends and a hanger. Standard hubs/rims with extra spokes added at 90 degrees to help out the single bike rims. Haven't seen it yet, but it sounds interesting. Does anyone know of this American builder?

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John Stinsman is a fine chap indeed, but I haven't seen him in at least 10 years. John lives in Eastern PA, and built a lot of bikes for the Trexlertown crowd and other racers. He specialized in making very light frames that were very pretty. For many years, frame-building was a side-line, as I recall he was an industrial arts teacher. Very community-minded fellow; with his wife he chaired (produced) at least one of the Eastern Tandem Rallies, that one a year when there were simply no other volunteers. I tried googling just now, w/o obvious success, so I hope he is well.

harvey sachs
mcLean va