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    Some fifty four years ago I moved to Hightstown. It wasnít my choice. Iíd have preferred to stay in Bayonne, fuck off in the Village nights and weekends, go to dances at Holy Family Academy and St. Andrews, sniff Carbona down at the piers on Newark Bay, and just have fun.

    All of that worked until it didnít. Bobbe stepped in and with all the love and maternal care she could muster, read me the riot act. I was pissing it all away. After two failing years in Bayonne High School, there were no options that didnít include being sent away. New York Military Academy or The Peddie School.

    I was a shit student at Peddie. But I learned about social work, and the importance of helping others. I spent weekends in Mantua with an org called Philadelphia Work Camps. And while at school, I took Mr. Robertsí lead and kept a journal. And wrote. Wrote more. And never stopped.

    As a sophomore I won a school-wide creative writing contest called The Dimes. I wrote a two thousand word short story titled The Grass. No one ever asked me about it, but the entire thing was a metaphor for smoking dope. I accepted the prize and the affirmation just the same. All of it felt good, the way Likes do in the Y2K era.

    I applied to four colleges and got rejected at all. After that, I sent a resume to Goddard College and was accepted. My motivation was to take my scholastic level writing skills and develop them further. But the truth is I wanted to be in a cool community filled with hippies, take hallucinogens, and have relationships.

    I never made it to Goddard. I ended up on another path. Iím the only student from my class who didnít go to on to higher education. Maybe the first student in a fucking long time to never attend college. It worked out well regardless. Sometimes I live the what-if thing. And then it passes. I became a bicycle maker.

    I never forgot or underplayed my time at Peddie. Each year I send a check or three. Every so often I forget. But, I always knew that in 2021, the 50th year since graduation, I wanted to do something bigger. Something grander. That phrase, ďTo surpass the master is to repay the debtĒ comes to mind. So I sent more.


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    College and/or higher education cannot teach gratitude. It comes much earlier in life.
    You are repaying those people and we can hope many more will follow - whatever that cause may be.
    Congrats Richie.
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    Well done Sir.

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    RichardÖ.Iíve always felt privileged and honored to be able to give back and some kid or kids, will surely benefit from your kindness for sure. Whatís the significance of the ď54Ē, or am I thinking too much about the number? Was that the year in which you were born, or have you built 5,400 frames and added a 0 for good luck? Please do tell.
    rw saunders
    hey, how lucky can one man get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    Richard….I’ve always felt privileged and honored to be able to give back and some kid or kids, will surely benefit from your kindness for sure. What’s the significance of the “54”, or am I thinking too much about the number? Was that the year in which you were born, or have you built 5,400 frames and added a 0 for good luck? Please do tell.
    "Some fifty four years ago I moved to Hightstown", methinks.

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    You should send Peddie a copy of your post, too. It says it all, brief yet eloquent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post
    RichardÖ.Iíve always felt privileged and honored to be able to give back and some kid or kids, will surely benefit from your kindness for sure. Whatís the significance of the ď54Ē, or am I thinking too much about the number? Was that the year in which you were born, or have you built 5,400 frames and added a 0 for good luck? Please do tell.

    This Google search match may help:
    https://www.jccmilwaukee.org/judaism...the-number-18/

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    That’s pretty cool…you learn something every day if you want to.
    rw saunders
    hey, how lucky can one man get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post

    Most would do 1x "Chai", you did a multiples in the thousands.

    Chapeau'

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    I had no idea. thank you!

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    When I started my label I knew nothing more than I couldnít be in the same room with others, despite the Witcomb USA years being full of fun. I cherish the memories and experiences just as I do my time at Witcomb Lightweight Cycles in London where all this began as some twisted way to avoid college and get back at The Ski Rack for not hiring me.

    By the time my name was on a bicycle the word precision was something I could spell yet wasnít part of my daily conversation. My routine mirrored what I saw others do. And I expanded on it if for no other reason than I didnít want to be caught out as a fraud. I made frames. They stayed together. People paid me. All of this happened though I never prayed.

    At some point I looked around my studio space. And at the tools I gathered. And probably spent too much time staring at my work in progress. And felt like I was on a fast track to standing still. Essentially a self-taught maker, I needed an injection of affirmation to make me think I had a fighting chance of keeping up with whatever aura I was trying to land in.

    The Smith & Bishel Hardware Company in nearby Middletown kept a small display case containing highbrow measuring tools that I drooled over. Not knowing a dial indicator from a height gauge from a vernier caliper, Iíd stare through the glass and fixate on the lot, all the time fantasizing over what these devices could add to my repertoire.

    I bought this protractor because it was the only thing I could afford without taking a mortgage. It was spendy even still. But it was stamped Starrett. And I knew the brand made inspection grade measuring equipment that had no peers. To own it would (could) mean Iíd have a fighting chance at taking a precise measurement.

    Over time, and I mean decades not years, I realized that making is about the maker not the tools he swings. My intuition and hand eye coordination helped me so much more than any single device I ever spent money on or obsessed over. Yeah. The alignment tables and fixtures looks swell in the photos. But they donít make the bicycles. I make them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    Interesting... my karate teacher, Yamakura sensei, says "The Chinese like to name things after numbers", which is probably an oblique reference to Chinese religion. So in karate we have kata that are Chinese-derived and named after the numbers 3, 13, 18, 24, 36, 54, and 108. Most are based on 3s, and 54 - what we call Gojushiho (54 movements or positions) - is 3 x 18; 18 being Seipei and may be be translated as "What a master knows".

    Here is a 70 year-old practitioner doing Gojushiho:

    Steve Hampsten
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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    ...I realized that making is about the maker not the tools he swings. My intuition and hand eye coordination helped me so much more than any single device I ever spent money on or obsessed over. Yeah. The alignment tables and fixtures looks swell in the photos. But they donít make the bicycles. I make them.

    In my industry (building science) I'm noticing a strong reliance on tools (specialized), devices, gadgetry, etc.
    Many of these devices are eliminating skill. Much like autonomous driving will eliminate the skill of driving.
    Gone are the days of intuition, hand/eye coordination (sans digital form), and listening to the gut. Instincts seems to be fading. Especially from the younger participants.
    I wonder where this leads decades from now. I'm certain it's to a world different than the one I'm in.

    Basically, this "Because technology alone is a poor substitute for experience."(RS circa unknown)
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    all my skin has shed. bicycle racer mind has left the building. in a timeframe slightly less than two years, iíve transitioned into a regular guy. no more do i think about having a lithe body. or obsess about how i can shift gears while standing, and with such elan too. i still like tan lines, but that doesnít count. and i want that my tellason jeans should fall off my hips. skinny is okay. but itís not the driver (anymore.) nor is weight, though less is better than more. itís just a thing. like hair. or no hair. or to be fair, fewer hairs than youíd like if you actually had a say in the matter.

    itís september and iím entering my seventh month in the little ring. the one on the inside. that phrase, water seeks its own level. iím comfortable just twiddling for three hours. sometimes five. and seeing things at a snailís pace. i call it meandering. and i betchoo that after the gravel craze comes and goes, meandering will be the next big thing. think of all the safety pins weíll save when numbers are no longer needed. or donít. makes me no matter. the bicycle, and my time on one, is different today than it ever was. and my body is just along for the ride.

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    Chapeau, sir.

    It's good to see you smiling.

    Really smiling.

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    bagspottingô




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    You entered the room with nothing. So, you watch and then do what youíre told. If youíre lucky, maybe youíll learn one small thing. When itís your turn, you mimic what you saw, because thatís all you know. If you stand around long enough, youíll mimic what you like. Because, really - you wonít know much past what youíre shown, or like.

    You get to a line that, when crossed, you start decorating the same room. And suddenly it becomes yours. And everything hanging on each wall comes from you, because itís your room. And you are in it to turn your own head first, perhaps only. Because, really - if you donít like what youíre looking at, why would others enter the room?

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