I’m back from my travels, but still settling in. Be back broadcasting regularly after the weekend.
I cannot stop listening to the Damned’s Damned Damned Damned album. If you don’t have it, you need it bad.
This Iggy Pop cover is the best.
Happy Holidays to you all, and thanks so much for reading.
Time for a little history lesson.
Before Surly was Surly, it was called 1×1. This frame was, and I’m reaching for the history here as it’s a little fuzzy for me, offered through a small ad in the back of Dirtrag as the 1×1 Rat Ride. Not many were made as the company shortly adopted the Surly moniker and changed the model name to 1X1.
To see one of these around is beyond rare, even here in MPLS where we most likely have the highest concentration in the world. I’d say that I have even seen more of the first blue 1″ threaded Cross Chccks than I have Rat Rides. (that’s three blue Cross Check’s to 2 Rat Rides in the 7.5 years I’ve lived here)
Not knowing anything about Stan Johnson, I googled it and came up with this from a forum:
Back in the late ’80s and early ’90s I used to co-own and -operate a bicycle repair shop in Minneapolis and ours was the Minnesota connection for Stan Johnson. Originally, he built frames in Oxnard, California. Sometime around 1990 or 1991 (I don’t remember exactly when) he moved to Bozeman, Montana and set up shop there. I heard he stopped building frames a few years ago (5-10), but I may be mistaken.
Stan Johnson used Tru Temper tubing and Henry James frame findings extensively and all his frames were painted by Joe Bell in San Diego, California. All the frames sold through our shop were meticulously made by him and always matched the specifications we provided and every customer was happy(!). I’m not sure of the exact number we sold (around 10 over four years), but there are still four from that time period on the road around the Twin Cities, that I know about.
the measurements are 53.5 seat tube, 56.5 top tube
If you’re in the market, I can point you in the right direction.
This Jimel Racing Products frameset is purported to hail from 78-79 and was built by an unidentified local builder. Jimel Racing Products is reported to have been a little husband and wife company out of Brooklyn Park MN.
It harkens back to the early days of BMX when the first purpose built frames were popping up out of small companies all over the U.S. and if you wanted something for BMX racing, you had to make it yourself or find a local machine shop with the know how.
It’s always cool to see custom mixte’s*, and handbuilt U.S. frames from the period before the modern custom builder movement. This thing has both going for it, and some lovely red paint and interesting details.
Got any info on Plantenga? Let us know in the comments.