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    Quote Originally Posted by dy74n View Post
    Richard - Care to elaborate on how you discovered a passion for Mr. Nagasawa's bikes, or your relationship with him?
    http://www.richardsachs.com/site/200...was-influence/

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    awesome. Ever have any Keirin frames in your personal collection (the 1981)? cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dy74n View Post
    awesome. Ever have any Keirin frames in your personal collection (the 1981)? cheers!
    Negative - I was never into that.
    Thank you.

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    Threes

    Three frames circa 1982. A picture taken of a 4 X 5 transparency held up to the light. Original image shot by Ken whose last name I no longer remember, but whose studio was on Union Square above The Underground and almost directly across the street from Paragon Sports. Colors are dark green metallic, white pearl, and flamboyant pink.

    You want the chrome you pay for the chrome.



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    Kas-ish

    Here’s one from 1982 taken by Ken – the guy whose name I can’t seem to summon up – with the studio on Union Square above The Underground. This 4 X 5 transparency shows a 54cm road frame painted in a dark gray hue with contrasting paint panels in champagne (the color not the drink from France). I was influenced by the Spanish Kas team bicycles from the 1970s and wanted some of that on some of what I was doing. Columbus tubing. Nervex Ref 32 lugs. Campagnolo parts. Someone asked about the frames being shown with components. I did that because it was how they were spec-ed and sold. Back then, the small amount of extra money I could get by installing some hardware wasn’t that small. Always thinkin’. Always thinking’.



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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    Kas-ish

    Here’s one from 1982 taken by Ken – the guy whose name I can’t seem to summon up – with the studio on Union Square above The Underground. This 4 X 5 transparency shows a 54cm road frame painted in a dark gray hue with contrasting paint panels in champagne (the color not the drink from France). I was influenced by the Spanish Kas team bicycles from the 1970s and wanted some of that on some of what I was doing. Columbus tubing. Nervex Ref 32 lugs. Campagnolo parts. Someone asked about the frames being shown with components. I did that because it was how they were spec-ed and sold. Back then, the small amount of extra money I could get by installing some hardware wasn’t that small. Always thinkin’. Always thinking’.


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    This is an example of one of my 20th Anniversary frames made in 1992 and 1993. Twenty offered, all numbered sequentially. The idea came from Willam Turnage, a client who owned three RS bicycles over time and whose acquaintance I made one Earth Day weekend a year or two before this frame was made. It’s not his, but he had one like it in his size. Mr. Turnage was a past president of The Wilderness Society and also the business manager of Ansel Adams. More importantly, he was a well-heeled and very knowledgeable consumer of finely made goods be they timepieces, footwear, photographic equipment, bespoke shotguns – you get the picture. After his first order arrived, Mr. Turnage encouraged me to create a limited edition frameset to commemorate my being in the trade for two decades. We spent many months on the idea and I benefitted immensely from it and even more from the friendship that his commissions began with.

    Michael Furman from Philadelphia shot the image and I took this picture of it fifteen minutes ago. My thumb is at the lower left, and there may be some lip marks on the upper right because I had to adjust the camera and didn’t want to lay the transparency on the ground while doing it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    This is an example of one of my 20th Anniversary frames made in 1992 and 1993.
    Did you also do a run of 25th Anniversary frames? The president of the New York Cycle Club rides one of your anniversary frames, I thought he said it was 25th but could've been 20th. Gorgeous bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    Did you also do a run of 25th Anniversary frames? The president of the New York Cycle Club rides one of your anniversary frames, I thought he said it was 25th but could've been 20th. Gorgeous bike.
    Yes - 25 of them produced in 1997/1998.

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    Strike This Pose

    This image was in Men’s Journal in 1998 as part of an article on gifts for the man who has everything. It was grouped with some bespoke cowboy boots, the ever-present custom pool cue, and I am sure some other gadget that’s hard to get, costs a lot, and give you something to measure your self esteem by. I don’t remember much about the storyline or even the ordeal. They contacted me, asked for a bicycle to shoot, and told me where the studio was located. We drove to Manhattan, met the shooter who was “just” a freelancer that MJ hired for the job, and left. Before that, I did my ever loving best to explain which angles were better and the ones to avoid at all costs. The man never photographed bicycles before. I’m pretty sure he mind-dumpstered everything I told him by the time we were in the freight elevator. It’s an interesting pose, this. I’d never ask for it. I don’t absolutely love it. But I don’t hate it either. It worked very well in the pages of the magazine.




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    Variation

    I have many images that Peter Brentlinger shot in 1994 for a Bicycle Guide story. I think this one made it into the print issue. Funny – now that I’m rifling through old transparencies and slides I’m finding many versions of the same picture but with different exposure settings penciled in on the sleeves and little holders. I remember this bicycle well. By the mid 1990s I had begun to tire of the red and white thing and decided to seed the room with variations of the theme. This was a burgundy metallic pearl with white pearl contrasting paint panels. It was also a test bed for a custom decal run that Gary at Screen Specialty Shop did. This was one of the prototype sets that had the NBC Futura font that would eventually become a default typeface on the frames. Gary probably did 10 sets quick and dirty that, if I were to approve, he’d take the films further into the depths of the machine (Read: his Mac) and dial in every corner, line weight, pixel, ink hue, and space between the twelve letters that comprise my name. And of the bicycle, those with eagle eyes will notice the 28 hole Campagnolo Record Pavť rims. At 22.2mm wide they were the single best road rims ever made. Anyone who thinks otherwise can leave the internet.




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    Pink

    Two things right up front. 1) No I didn’t lose a bet and paint this pink. 2) Yes this is what a gravel bicycle looked like when Reagan was in office. This is a photograph I shot of a 4 X 5 transparency taken in 1982 by Ken. Yes, that Ken. The guy whose studio in Manhattan on Union Square was above The Underground. And whose last name escapes me. It was from the first wave of frames painted after my then new identity program was launched. Along with several others, this unit ended up in my booth at the International Cycle Show which was an annual event held at The Coliseum at Columbus Circle. Data point: the show AND The Coliseum have long since vaporized. Sad.

    At the time I was very excited for this frame and those made in the same batch. The new RS look was long in the making. So for me, anything I presented as part of the leap across the design line was important.




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    Chester

    Here’s one I love. This 4 X 5 was originally shot by Ray Perkins in 1983. It shows the non-drive side of my seat tube graphic. I had color bars that trapped the contrasting panels often added to paint schemes. When I did the first identity program revision in the early ’80s I wanted some Made In USA sentiment without getting patriotic, use flags, or tap the red, white, and blue thing. I decided the image on D.O.T. signs that some small villages in Connecticut have would be the best way to say it all. As a resident of one, what I was used to seeing daily became an elegant solution. Made in Chester.



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    rouge allure gloss

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    Unearthed

    On some levels IG is a foreign language to me because I don’t know who sees what or how deep folks go into the images already stored. But I’ve been posting the transparencies recently unearthed here at Ground Zero in the 06417. Many are 4 X 5 sizes and come with a story or at least an observation. Just today I found several hundred color positives taken by Michael Furman from Philadelphia. They all show a 20th Anniversary Frame I made in the 1991 period. I added some text to one about a week ago if you’re interested in the backstory. Now I’ll begin pasting in detail shots. Luscious is the only word that comes to mind when describing Michael’s camera work. If anything is NSFW, his photographs fit that acronym perfectly.



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    Q & A

    Peter Brentlinger took the original photograph and I took this one. It’s from 1996, or maybe a year before. We shot a series for a printed piece that this became part of. This image was selected for the cover and had some type laced over it. It read, “Why buy a frame from a one-man shop still using tradtional hand-building methods?” The answer was inside the brochure and simple. Because technology alone is a poor substitute for experience. I first used these words in 1990 for an ad placed in Velo-News’ 20th Anniversary issue. On many levels they’re more germane today than ever before.



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    Challenge

    This is a 4 X 5 transparency shot by Bruno in the late 1990s. It was used as a glam image to accompany a 9,000 word article in Cigar Aficionado about the handmade niche. To my mind, and I felt similarly at the time, the assembled bicycle represents as far as I could take my work in what was already a decidedly nonferrous era. Components were still mostly silver and alloy at that. Though up to date parts-wise, this one is 4.1 on the meh scale according to my opinion. A 5.0 would be completely meh. What I needed, what I looked forward to, was to be able to deliver bicycles that didn’t look like vestiges from the 1980s, Ya I just said that. Me, a maker who uses steel and brazes pipes together with lugs. And also makes his own forks. Twenty years have passed and I’m even more resolute. The challenge is to fabricate frames to the best of my ability, to optimize the material, to take my skills as a joiner and craftsman as far as I can, but still be able to look at the bicycle when it’s complete and believe the challenge has been met. Up until a year or three ago I was still content. Now, I think most components look like crap and belong only on manufactured frames that are sold on the street corner. That’d be several subway stops from the one I stand on today.




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    Confluence

    A 1991 detail shot by Michael Furman. For the RS 20th Anniversary Frame I brought back some materials long since mothballed as I transitioned over to the IC era in the early 1980s. The Nervex Ref 32 lugs. The playing card suit fork liners. These pantographed dropouts too. The reliefs show the pattern I milled into the raised area. But the rest was typical hand-work of the day. I kept using and filing forged dropouts until 2008 when I introduced my Piccolo Gioiello designs. I reckon I must have brazed and filed well over 25,000 dropouts until that fateful day that my work was cloned using the casting process.

    Look at this photograph of a color transparency. No amount of staring will speak to the patience, skill, and vigilance it took to get every curve, edge, line, radius, point, and all other dimensions so perfect. It’s a balancing act of optimum fit, excellent brazing, and fastidious filing. By me. Through all the years and changes, I was always supremely confident and beyond proud that I could produce this level of work. By the time this picture was taken, my dropout confluences all looked this way regardless of frame model.

    Had horizontal dropouts not been made completely redundant by Y2K I might have not pursued the vertical shapes I use now. But alas, the future happened and another piece of the puzzle became something I once did when I was younger, more interested, and the trade less watered down. One day in the not so distant future, all bicycles will come from just four sources. But until then, I’ll keep going to the bench each morning and find a way to bleed for my art.




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    Making

    Iím not making bicycles, Iím making decisions. Making choices. Hundreds of small roads to go down in the three days between looking at a piece of paper, grabbing a mental image of what I want, and then accepting all of it. The accepting is part of the making too. The idea of it is the beauty, the craft. Itís what I do. I stare down the subassemblies which really are assemblies all on their own and try to reimagine them playing nicely with each other. Over three days Iíll feel like a campaign manager, a producer, a band leader, an editor, and even a publisher if all goes well. Iíll be Kissinger. And Auriemma. Maybe Wintour. Maybe Hammond. All these little creations have to be elegant. They have to work well. They have to sing.




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