Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Americane Vintage Track and Road Bike Festival

A great event put on by Mark Agree with the help of Tim Potter. Some really fine bikes on display. What a nice venue, the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Michigan. We arrived the night before and got to watch the Friday night races. We loved watching the racing.

Barb got a chance to ride on the track after the Track 101 class and she was hooked. Our thanks to Dale Hughes who clearly spends a lot of quality time helping kids and adults to experience track racing. He designed the Bloomer track.

Met more CR folks, including Tom Sanders who I confused for someone else at the Cirque. Also met Greg Parker and Matt Assenmacher, who painted my Masi (which was chosen as Best Restored Road bike). Nice job Matt and my thanks to Jon Williams of Drillium Revival for the great Millium parts! Some really nice Paramount track bikes, including a wonderful bent seat tube model. Tim Potter brought a beautiful Assenmacher tandem. There was a gorgeous Black and Gold Weigle with a 50th anniv group and an Iverson with original paint and wood rims. I got to see a Cinelli Laser in person, a Masi special track and many others.

It was so hot this Alaskan was baked so I did not do a good job of getting names with pictures but here's a sampling of pics:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Trexlertown visit

On the way back from the Cirque we stopped in the see the Trexlertown track aka Valley Preferred cycling center. A very impressive facility. It was fun to watch the up and coming training.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012 Cirque Winners are...

The winners are:

Dave Wages "Ellis" ( rose and polished stainless owned by MJ Weier

was tied for Best of Show with Dan Artley's Silver/Dark Silver Rando

made by Chris  Bishop (
 Both very worthy winners, congratulations!

I must add tho that I was so impressed with all the high quality work from the KOF builders. I would be very proud to own any of your frames!


CRAFTSMAN City/Utility category:
Johnny Coast (

Brian Chapman (

CRAFTSMAN Track/Single Speed category:
Chris Bishop ( owned by MJ Weier

CRAFTSMAN Rando/Touring category:
Peter Weigle (

CRAFTSMAN Road/Sport category:
Dave Wages "Ellis" ( Rose and Stainless owned by MJ Weier

1987-1997 US Category:
Chip Duckett's 1987 Dale Brown (

1987-1997 Foreign Category:
Tom Sanders 1990 Masi Custom

1981-1986 US Category:
Harvey Sachs' 1982 JP Weigle

1981-1986 Foreign Category:
Peter Gilbert's 1983 Moretti

1974-1980 US Category:
 Wayne Bingham's Merz DiNuci

1974-1980 Foreign Category
Fred Heiselman's Alex Singer

1968-1973 US Category:
Brian Ignatin's 1973 Eisentraut Pista

1968-1973 Foreign Category:
Dale Brown's Legnano

1960-1967 US Category:
Harvey Sach's Schwinn

1960-1967 Foreign Category:
Steven Massland's 1968 DeRosa

1950-1959 US Category:
Harvey Sach's  Andy Hamel

1950-1959 Foreign Category:
Dallas Blair's Norman Rapide

Pre-1949 US Category:
Harvey Sachs' 1938 Schwinn Paramount

Pre-1949 Foreign Category:
Peter Naiman's 1938 Hetchins

But of course, one of my favorites is the 1974 Masi in Faema colors (painted by Matt Assenmacher with Jon Williams ( milled components:

But I also like my other bike...I mean the 1973 Colnago (painted by Joe Bell with Jon Williams millium ( and

Milled brake levers  by Tom Davis of Perfect Perforations (