Re: [CR]Was Frostline, Now -- Hartley Alley's Touring Cyclist


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Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2008 17:17:18 -0500
From: Steven Sweedler <sweedler@gmail.com>
To: <PBridge130@aol.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]Was Frostline, Now -- Hartley Alley's Touring Cyclist
In-Reply-To: <c21.3ed73820.36855158@aol.com>
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Peter, while I was at Old Faithful at Yellowstone N.P. during Bikecentennial, summer of '76, Hartley came up and introduced himself because we were both riding on Brooks Swallow saddles. We had a rewarding conversation. He and Cyril Henry, pres. of the Northern Ireland Cycling Federation were the only 2 others I saw on that trip. Steve Sweedler Plymouth, New Hampshire

On Thu, Dec 25, 2008 at 4:12 PM, <PBridge130@aol.com> wrote:
>
> If we're waxing nostalgic about old Boulder, CO companies, I'll take a
> moment to remember Hartley and Jean Alley, and their Touring Cyclist shop.
> Hartley would come into my shop Friday afternoons in the mid-70's, lay a
> fiver on
> the counter, and ask loudly, "Who's goin' f' bee-ah? You fly, I'll buy."
>
> Hartley introduced me to touring, to touring bicycles, to one-to-one
> gearing, and to touring Paramounts and Curly Hetchins, of which I think he
> may have
> owned a couple. In fact, Jean might have owned a Lady's Curly. The
> Touring
> Cyclist produced quality, American-made touring softgoods, and took orders
> from all over the country. Hartley also knew his jazz, something he and I
> shared as much as we shared cycling. He rode from Boulder to
> Massachusetts for
> his fiftieth high school reunion. Fiftieth.
>
> Hartley was an old-fashioned gentleman, a scamp, a rogue, a wit, and a
> cyclist, and it's one of my regrets that I did not visit him in the last
> years of
> his life. (In my defense, I was in a different state, but, still.)
>
> Godspeed, Hartley. And Jean.
>
> Peter Bridge
> san diego, ca, usa
> (Oh, and my mom sewed for Holubar in the 50's. Gee, I remember when
> Boulder
> had real character, and real characters.)
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