Re: [CR] Great Unknown Frame Builders

(Example: Framebuilding:Restoration)

Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:34:19 -0800 (PST)
From: "Joe Starck" <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Great Unknown Frame Builders

--- On Wed, 12/29/10, <> wrote:

The name was a entirely made-up by the two
> partners who
> were contracting these bikes for US import during the
> 1970s.  As he
> put it: "...the name Valgan was borne out of combining the
> first three
> letters of both partners last name - Valante and Gance
> (Valgan)."

Stronglight49 Bob,

I once knew a guy named Bob. Bob Yvarra. He operated a little shoe-box bike shop, somewhere outside of Los Angeles, called "Open Road."

One day I joked about the two of us partnering on frames, and our company name woud be: Joe + Bob = JoeBob.

For the down-tube decal, I suggested a shucked ear of corn, with "JoeBob" spelled out in the kernals.

The partnership with Yvarra did not happen though, Bob, so I then envisioned a pig as my silent-partner "Bob." This improved my graphics concept greatly.

I envisioned several head-tube badges of me riding the pig. For the mountain bike, I'd be bronco-riding the pig, tail a-curly. For the road bike, I'd be a-staddle the pig, but the pig and the pig's tail would be straight-arrow aero.

I'd change-up the badges in this every-which-way, so that my pig-riding style would match the bicycle-riding style of each JoeBob model offered.

I have many more ideas, Bob.

Joe "be my piggy bank?" Starck :)
Madison, Wisconsin USA