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    light and dark each play a role
    both give a chance to see

    partners in a larger whole
    at least they are for me

    the lines between are never straight
    their lengths they vary too

    light comes early dark stays late
    how long it's up to you


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    Day One. 2019. At the bench. The next commission was started last year. Yesterday. Here I am. Again. So many orders and names and piles of material. They run together. They all know each other. As if each off-cut of metal from one start remembers the leftover abrasives used decades ago. And all the broken drill bits. They're part of this. As I reach the last line, and fantasize - because that's what it is, fantasy - about next. I'm reminded that the bicycle isn't what I hand over for money. These crumbs are the bicycle too. Is my task to remove things. Or is it to add them. All of this lives together, with me, in my workroom.

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    "....when Italians ruled the roost."

    Hey Richard, I recall back in the early 70s when I was learning how to braze and put bike frames together in Pittsburgh, I saw you ads in Bike World or Competitive Cycling or the old Velo News. I thought, Wow !!!, he has big balls, trying to make it building bike frames in the US, competing with DeRosa and Colnago. I loved riding and a bit of racing, and I loved my start at building bike frames. I went on to something else, keeping the bikes in my life. But, you really did it man! You changed the world of cycling in the US. I am very happy that you have succeeded at this. Cool, indeed. I still build bikes, but only for me and family. (You can't learn what frame geometry does until you play with it.) My look at the end of my list is a whole lot different than yours. I think I could have done it if I'd gone in full bore. But I didn't. Didn't have the guts. Didn't think that the market was there. But you did it. Awesome, man !!!
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    W.B.H.

    An upper head lug from a set of three. WB is Bill Hurlow. W.B. Hurlow from Herne Bay, Kent. A gift to me from his estate.

    I had three Hurlow frames before I ever put my name on those I’d eventually make in New England.

    I saved all the letters and even some invoices. Many were handwritten on that old time-y lightweight and crinkley blue paper once reserved for Air Mail correspondence.

    To say those early years as paying customer imprinted me would be an understatement. At various moments in my young life I wanted to be this man.

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    richard: have you still never ridden the nagasawa?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwa64 View Post
    richard: have you still never ridden the nagasawa?

    No, I haven't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    No, I haven't.
    garage queen :)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    No, I haven't.
    I had a Nagasawa (gold flake) and rode the hell out of it down at Hellyer. It's the only bike I regret selling. Richard, I'd love to see a pic of yours.

    Edit: "heck out of it down in Hellyer"
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
    I had a Nagasawa (gold flake) and rode the hell out of it down at Hellyer. It's the only bike I regret selling. Richard, I'd love to see a pic of yours.

    Edit: "heck out of it down in Hellyer"
    They're on my Flickr Albums pages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    They're on my Flickr Albums pages.
    Ah, right. I remember that one. Very nice.
     

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    I love the evolution of the aesthetic of your frames, Richard. I would have never been able to foresee preferring another look to your classic red to the extent that i do. The recent red with the red ht might be my favorite. Keep killing it!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwa64 View Post
    I love the evolution of the aesthetic of your frames, Richard. I would have never been able to foresee preferring another look to your classic red to the extent that i do. The recent red with the red ht might be my favorite. Keep killing it!
    Giving myself up to House Industries - priceless and precious.

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    HI does incredible work... i have all kinds of stuff from them from their 'brackets' boxes to their eames blocks, kitchen towels, too. you guys make a great team. such a shame about rich... so young, so talented.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwa64 View Post
    HI does incredible work... i have all kinds of stuff from them from their 'brackets' boxes to their eames blocks, kitchen towels, too. you guys make a great team. such a shame about rich... so young, so talented.
    Thank you.

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    --- so very rare...
    so very few can go "back to the future" with enjoyable success...

    ronnie
     

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    Richard,

    Saw your FB post on the 47 years at the bench and building the last two orders "on the list".

    Congrats ! This must be a bitter sweet feeling.

    Looking forward to the next step.
     

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    The rock of Sisyphus has finally settled.
     

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    Conceptual Thought

    Bicycle making is part metalwork, part design, and part alchemy. The person with the tools tries to coerce a batch of materials into a shape that mirrors his vision. These parts aren't equal. Unless they are. More than anything, the bicycle reflects the maker's foundation. His experience. The commitment he's made to tame the beast.

    There aren't that many ways to make the same bicycle, that is - assuming we're narrowing down the size for a given user. Leave the boundaries of conventional dimensions and the unit will fit poorly. Or steer like a wheelbarrow. Or the range of parts we grab during assembly may not work fluidly.

    When I read this Connecticut Magazine review of Lary Bloom's biography of Sol Lewitt, it resonates. Few of us invent anything. We take some lessons, summon up the drive to do this making thing, and have at it. The ones who last are those who digest the best. Who look around the most. And who respect the past rather than ignore it.

    I won't compare making bicycles with art. Nor making art with fashion. Nor fashion with making bicycles. Nor making music with anything. The line that runs through these is that certain tenets exist and should be adhered to. Lines to stay between. Those who don't know this will if they pay attention. If they don't, I hope they marry well.

    There's a reason to practice. There's a reason we practice. A mother lode of influences makes it hard to see what's real and what's only for the moment. Or the model year. Taking leads from those outside our circle who've become masters in theirs is a way for us to have a deeper impact in our own.

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