I REMEMBER RICHARD!I believe the owner of the bike is Richard Truett who started the CABE when it was only in a paper format.
Forgive my terminology. It was used in reference to a nice bike. Again the fact that he did it to his taste counts in my mind. He has obviously had it for a while. Life sometimes gets in the way of hanging on to things. I see a Red Phantom next to it. Looks like a bike guy to me! Shame to hear that everyone wants to chop it up...That is not "restored" to any standard! V/r Shawn
The OP said "I want to hear it all.....................the Good , the Bad.................the Ugly."Wow, are you guys tough on bikes. Do you all feel better now that you vented your outrage on this bike? I would be damn proud to own that bike. Yes, it is not perfect by your standards but it is still a beautiful bike. Pricy and not exact in every detail I admit. Not my bike.
Wow, are you guys tough on bikes. Do you all feel better now that you vented your outrage on this bike? I would be damn proud to own that bike. Yes, it is not perfect by your standards but it is still a beautiful bike. Pricy and not exact in every detail I admit. Not my bike.
Just to update history a bit. CyclArt is gone. They closed up in 2016. They were bought out by an Arkansas business that had / has carbon fiber bike plans. Basically he sold out and got a job in a cheaper place to live. He is out of the picture now.
I had an Ideor frame painted by Jim in the late 90's. It was agony to deal with him. Susan was much better. That was why she dealt with customers. He would come out from the back after eavesdropping and offer his many opinions. I had a restoration shop and did custom paint. The only reason I got involved was they had the EXACT Ideor decals. Beautiful but not for sale unless he put his color on the frame. Frame has chrome ends and he bitched about wanting todo the plating. I got my way and it was done by Christensen plating. Shut Jim up fast. I asked for him to not apply his CyclArt decal. That was the deal breaker for him. It is there buried under the clear. I did persuade him to put in under the bottom bracket! Who won that one? He got paid and I got a nice job! The good old days!
The OP said "I want to hear it all.....................the Good , the Bad.................the Ugly."
You got lucky. I went in the back several times. Lots of cool stuff. Especially Italian parts. He was still working so not much was available. At least at reasonable amounts. It is all timing.A few years before cyclart was sold, Jim let me go through his parts collection and got a bunch of frames and schwinn parts super cheap! Had a bunch of really nice old racing road bikes in the front of his shop and slot car tracks in the back! Nice guys....
In his defense. He was able to jig up and straighten my bent Twin Bar frame. A couple of other guys tried and failed. Some even wanted to get paid!Their nitch I believe was racing bikes... the customer base was a different sort of client mostly.. and as you stated
he was able to recreate decals etc and do 'over the top' restos on the racing stuff where originality and sticking to
old school methodology wasn't that important.
Balloon bike jobs sucked...I've seen a ton of them...most were comical....yet sadly cost the poor owners more than
any other restorers would charge that I'm aware of in this field.