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I’m back from my travels, but still settling in.  Be back broadcasting regularly after the weekend.

Winter Essentials

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.

Friday Funday with B.Ridget

Gone For The Holidays

mr. t vs. nancy reagan
Heading to Wisconsin for a few, catch you mid next week.

Happy Holidays to you all, and thanks so much for reading.

Friday Funday with B.Ridget

1X1 Rat Ride

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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)

Stan Johnson Track Bike

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Vincent Dominguez was also selling this Stan Johnson made track bike at the sale for $800. The build is mostly Dura Ace (track cranks, headset, brakes, post) with Superbe Pro hubs.

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.

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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.

Jimel Racing Products 70’s BMX

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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.IMG_2756IMG_2754
lovel fillets

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Winter Bike

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every time around this year I start blasting you with photos of my winter bike.  My double brake fixed Big Block setup with knobby 32c tires.

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And this is what this bike is designed for.  Compacted snow and ice city blocks.  IMG_2638

Plantenga Step Through

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Prior to seeing this bike I’d never heard of Plantenga before. Apparently it was built by a gent named Dave Plantenga who worked in Indiana in the 80’s. Beyond that I know nothing of the builder.

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.

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Got any info on Plantenga? Let us know in the comments.