Re: [CR] Aquila and Flying Dutchman frames from The Big Wheel in Denver

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From: "Michael Wilkinson" <M4Campy@aol.com>
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Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 18:38:37 -0600
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Subject: Re: [CR] Aquila and Flying Dutchman frames from The Big Wheel in Denver


>Gitane made Royal Asport and a few other brands of bikes but is anyone
>aware of an Aquila or Flying Dutchman connection to Gitane?

The Big Wheel also carried Pogliaghi... But mostly Aquila, Flying Dutchman, and Libertas.

I remember one conversation with Jack talking about the quality of American made frames being inferior to their European counter-parts. This would have been about 1991 or so. Of course, he was pushing his house brand and about that same time I think Pat Clark and Dean Kent started Clark-Kent bicycles.

IIRC there were some definite issues with over heating on some of those and he cited that line specifically:) Maybe a little dig and the Denver Spoke?

Anyway, those frames were pretty rough...

Mike Wilkinson
Castle Rock, CO