[CR]Was: Side Pulls, now: old shops in Chapel Hill..


Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 18:39:05 -0500
From: oroboyz@aol.com
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To: rstankus@mindspring.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Was: Side Pulls, now: old shops in Chapel Hill..

Roman wrote: << Rob, That bike shop would have been "The Clean Machine" where I went to oogle the full campy Cinelli's, Legnano's, etc. Also the shop where McLean Fonvielle worked as a mechanic. The whole showroom was only about 300 sf but there were always some top of the line bikes on display (and sold)- Chapel Hill being an affluent university town. Gitanes were the volume sellers at the shop. I certainly saw many campy brake equipped bikes there in '72.
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Ah, the old Clean Machine! The proprietor was a somewhat stern but knowledgeable fellow named Chuck Lewis.. I remember a Cinelli track bike hanging in the widow...I had never seen a real track bike much less a Cinelli! He had a wooden machinists tool case w/shallow, felt lined wood drawers, stocked with replacement Campy parts.. He direct imported Mercians, among other goodies...

Now, in the mid 1970s there also was Tumbleweed Cyclery, right up the Street. Owner Pete Simpson, along with his wonderful Italian wife, imported Grandis directly from Italy. Briefly, an interesting tatooed man named Chuck Eldridge, fresh from a stint at Eisentraut, made frames in a smokey work shop out back. He later became Mr. Tatoo with his International Tatoo arts Museum or some such in the SF area...

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-----Original Message----- From: Roman Stankus <rstankus@mindspring.com> To: 'Robert D. Dayton,Jr.' <rdayton@carolina.rr.com>; 'Fred Rafael Rednor' <fred_rednor@yahoo.com>; kohl57@starpower.net Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Sent: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 07:27:43 -0500 Subject: RE: [CR]Side Pull Selection

Rob Dayton said:


>Early 70's. 1973/74 maybe.
>When I first met Dale Brown and was a shop rat.
>Maybe I missed the point on what Peter's trying to do.
>I'm really hope I'm not as anal as I appear.
>It came from a shop near Carrboro, NC. May have been Performance.
>Anyway I had a Lilac colored Raleigh Competition at the time.
>But it was love at first sight with the Legnano.
>Man I miss the Legnano but eventually needed money to get thru school.
>It was metallic gold with red pin stripe.
>Back then there weren't many options on brakes.
>I was so much older then.........

Rob, That bike shop would have been "The Clean Machine" where I went to oogle the full campy Cinelli's, Legnano's, etc. Also the shop where McLean Fonvielle worked as a mechanic. The whole showroom was only about 300 sf but there were always some top of the line bikes on display (and sold)- Chapel Hill being an affluent university town. Gitanes were the volume sellers at the shop. I certainly saw many campy brake equipped bikes there in '72.

Roman Stankus
Atlanta, Ga.