Dear Lou and CR members, I felt honored to be asked to dinner by Lou, especially after learning of all the classic bikes that have passed through his ownership over the years. I just wanted to correct Lou on a couple points, it's real Turquoise and the silver he mentioned was overlay and not engraved. I have been practicing my silver smithing since it is such an integral part of the southwest Native American scene. Incorporating it into the frames seemed a natural progression and something that both personalizes for the owner and identifies the builder. Thanks for the shout Lou and I hope we can get Bob to the next dinner too. Best, Dave P.
Porter Customs 2909 Arno NE Albuquerque, NM USA 87107 505-352-1378 1954 BN2 1959 AN5 Porter Custom Bicycles
-----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2009 3:29 PM To: email@example.com Subject: [CR] Visit to Dave Porter--Report from Lou
I was in Albuquerque this week and Dave Porter graciously agreed to meet me for dinner and show me his shop afterward. Dave's bikes
have some very innovative features. He has shared on the list his
Venturi effect forks, but he also has similar wind cheating features
elsewhere on his bikes. I found the visit very interesting, seeing so
many bikes with features like that. I should let him share the details
and pictures if he wants to do so. His personal ride also has the
bling factor with nice engraved silver medalions under his custom
downtube cable guides (wrapped on the curve of the downtube) and
polished stones (similar to turquoise) mounted on the tips of his seatstays.
I have never seen that before. I saw the tandem he is building f or
the hour record and will be interested in hearing how it does.
In addition to bikes, Dave makes a living restoring
old cars. I got to see his personal collection of an Austin Healey 100 and
Austin Healey bugeye sprite and a Jaquar XK150 he is restoring. It
is obvious that he has talent when it comes to metal working.
Lou Deeter, Orlando FL USA