[CR] More Spence Wolfe Trivia

(Example: Framebuilding:Restoration)

From: <carb7008@cs.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 00:43:00 -0500
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] More Spence Wolfe Trivia

Hey Gang,

In my recent research on Spence Wolfe (Cupertino Bike Shop) bikes, I found several citations referring to often/occasional lack of downtube graphics/decals on bikes purchased from/thru CBS. Besides my Cinelli, another example is this EBAY Hetchins: http://ebay.com/<blah> item=230408530495&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1123

I can only speculate on the rationale for this practice; theft deterence (thieves couldn't make-out headbadge name in dim light) , humble owners (who buy Cinelli, Hetchins and Singers) ad space (gotta pay for that bike somehow), etc....anyone know a better reason? Did other shops of-the-day do this also? How was it done...was bike(s) ordered from maker w/o decals...was decal removed by bike shop, was customer given an option? Very puzzling practice...

Jack Romans
Sacramento, CAlifornia