The end of the Oregon Trail?

Well, we have been in Utah for over 26 years but the time has come to make a change. We are entering that “downsizing” time of life and are relocating to Oregon City, south of Portland Oregon. We have family in this area and have visited for years so it just makes sense.

The new shop is still a work in progress!

It is a big job moving most of what you own over 1000 miles, but our move is more of a slow motion transition and we will have a foot-print in both Oregon and Utah for a awhile yet. While the overall goal is to downsize a bit there is also an opportunity to up-size the workshop space. I should be able to gather all of my cycling interests and do a nice reorganization of the shop space. This will provide me with the space to create a nice display for some of the old and special bikes as well as some work space for not only cycling, but other interests such as motorcycles and wood working. I should even be able to sneak in a paint booth! I know that winter can be long and gloomy in the PNW so a warm, dry and well lit refuge will be welcome.

It also nicely eliminates the argument about not having enough space for that new project!

Information on Oregon City.

A sporty all roads rider!

 

Sometimes it takes a while to get where you are going, and so it was with this build. I had gathered all of the parts that I wanted to use on the bike pretty quickly but the time to put it all together just never materialized. Finally over this past winter I was able to get a start on it and by Spring it was ready to go!

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I was back again this year to attend one of my favorite cycling events, Eroica California. This year the event shifted to a new venue on the coast in the little town of Cambria California. For those of you not familiar with the Eroica concept it is a gathering of vintage cycling enthusiasts who then ride their classic bikes on a challenging mixed surface route. It is the original gravel grinder type of event!

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I don’t really shop for bike projects anymore. I have several underway currently and others seems to just appear out of thin air. This frame came to me from an individual who had visited a page that I maintain, “The Girardengo Barn.” He was apparently in a similar situation and needed to offload this project to someone else. Call me a sucker but I took on the challenge!

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A 1973 Lygie came to me recently in pretty decent shape. It is just the frame and fork but it has the makings of a modern classic, as soon as I figure out what to do with it! This new acquisition does raise the question of how many bicycles one person needs but I will not attempt settle that issue now. I will just put this one in the queue and think about silly questions later!

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This is a bike that you dont see everyday! The frame was built by Lino Messori of Modena Italy in 1984. Examples of his bikes are hard to come by as is information on the marque. Only about 150 bikes exhibiting his name were ever built! I acquired this bike as a frame and fork about 10 years ago. It languished in my bike room for several years before I decided to get it back into riding shape. In addition to the restoration work it has become a bit of a research project for me. I have some leads to follow and hope to be able to provide more information on the builder in the future.

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Sunday September 30, 2018

This morning was the annual California Triple Crown awards breakfast. The CTC recognizes the accomplishments of riders participating in a series of double century events held in California over the years. The CTC began tracking riders results in 1990 and has kept a tally of those results. Those riders who complete 50 of these events are eligible to be inducted into the CTC Hall of Fame. Initially there were only 4 double century rides in California which counted towards the Triple Crown. Now in 2018 there are 27 qualifying double centuries in the series!

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