[CR]Cool Gear--was Kool Gear :-)


Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 06:53:43 -0700
From: "Gary Watts" <watts.gary@gmail.com>
To: "Classic Rendezvous" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR]Cool Gear--was Kool Gear :-)

First, off thanks to Mark and Robert for the offlist replies of information. Second, my mistake on the company name. I had Kool Stop in mind I think.

As Mark B noted, breakage of the "The Seat" frame was an issue. Mine broke too. I then bought a Unicanitor #3 and lived with it for many years afterwards. I say lived with because it was tolerable but never comfortable for my "bottom".

I had forgotten about the Cool Gear-Exxon connection. I'm friends with one of the original framebuilders of the frames, Bruce Hecht. He worked at Graphtek (spelling) for a year or 2, then started making his own steel frames(Plantano) for a while. I met him at Hewlett-Packard in Corvallis Oregon when we both worked there as engineers. Bruce is not there anymore but working on community housing projects for a non-profit. Very nice guy and still riding alot.

Gary Watts
Vancouver, Washington
USA