27 December 2010

68' Pogliaghi

This is most likley the best restoration I have ever done.  A combination of luck and perseverance made this a two and half year journey.  It started with a  phone call conversation with friend Greg Arnold back in NY as I awaiting to pull a building permit in San Diego (so as you could tell I had a lot of time on my hands).  The converstation went something like this.

"Hey Jack there is a frame (full bike) on craigslist for $300.00.. I think it is a pog!..  I said "have you still got the guy on the line".  Greg said yep.  I said "front me the cash" and away we went.  You just never know how a project might begin.

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23 December 2010

Official US Defense Dept. NORAD Santa Tracker


If you don't believe in the big guy with the white beard and 8 tiny Reindeer and oh yes and Rudolph, here's proof!

Merry Christmas from the Gabus Clan

22 December 2010

2 California's

Something to ponder......


Laguna Flood Still Photos

Coast Hwy.  Looking south
Beach St.  Looking east past Bof A.
Beach St.: Laguna Creek going under to the Beach.

Main Beach:  Looking North

How do you like the Dempster Dumpster in the Ocean?  Nice for the enviroment eh.  The dumpster went across Coast hwy. into the ocean.  Water is a mean partner when it want to be.

Laguna Beach flood DT 2011

Here is the first video from the drenching we took.  Had anywhere from 4 to 5 inches in a 4 hour period last night.  Downtown took a beating and my favorite pub took a direct hit.  So The Belgium Bistro will have have some major cleanup to do.  230 Restaurant is ok because it had concrete floors.  I figure at any one time Downtown was at a max of 4 ft. under.  More to follow.

21 December 2010

The Gabus Galmozzi (Jack's Rooster)

Well here it is if you haven't seen it.  After all the discussion with Rory and Neil it is time to think about some makeup for this pig.  So I am taking votes as to what paint should go on this.  I have the decals for this so it should not be difficult.  Keep in mind most Galmozzi's are a two color scheme.  A base color with panels for the decals.  It is sitting up in the attic and ready to go.  I also have a head badge for this so it will be totally show worthy.  Anyway have at it guys.
BTW this frame was purchased on Ebay for $150.00 and as I go through this I am going to keep a running tab as to how much a total restore costs.  There is a lot of B.S. out there about how much all this goes for, so in the coming months you will have the unvarished truth.

20 December 2010

BMC Black

In response to Gunnar Berg, BMC has removed all the advertisements.  Does this meet with your design aesthetics?

17 December 2010

Beer anyone?

I'm having fun today.  This is for the Boys!!!  Rev, Gunnar, Hamachi oh and you Barin this is must have.


A businessman was attending a conference in Africa. He had a free day and wanted to play a round of golf and was directed to a golf course in the nearby jungle. After a short journey, he arrived at the course and asked the pro if he could get on.

"Sure," said the pro, "What's your handicap?" Not wanting to admit that he had an 18 handicap, he decided to cut it a bit. "Well, it's 16," said the businessman, "But what's the relevance since I'll be playing alone?"

"It's very important for us to know," said the pro, who then called a caddy. "Go out with this gentleman," said the pro, "his handicap is 16."

The businessman was very surprised at this constant reference to his handicap. The caddy picked up the businessman's bag and a large rifle.
Again, the businessman was surprised, but decided to ask no questions. They arrived on the 1st hole, a par-4.

"It's wise to avoid those trees on the left," said the caddy. Needless to say, the businessman duck-hooked his ball into the trees.

He found his ball and was about to punch it out when he heard the loud crack of the rifle and a large snake fell dead from a tree above his head.

The caddy stood next to him with the rifle smoking in his hand. "That's the Black Mamba, the most poisonous snake in all Africa. You're lucky I was here with you."

After taking a bogey, they moved to the 2nd hole, a par-5. "Good to avoid those bushes on the right," says the caddy. Of course, the businessman's ball went straight into the bushes. As he went to pick up his ball, he heard the loud crack of the caddy's rifle once again, and a huge lion fell dead at his feet. "I've saved your life again," said the caddy.

The 3rd hole was a par-3 with a lake in front of the green. The businessman's ball came up just short of the green and rolled back to the edge of the water. To take a shot, he had to stand with one foot in the lake. As he was about to swing, a large crocodile emerged from the water and bit off much of his right leg. As he fell to the ground bleeding and in great pain, he saw the caddy with the rifle propped at his side, looking on unconcernedly.

"Why didn't you kill it?" asked the man incredulously. "I'm sorry, sir," said the caddy. "This is the 17th handicap hole. You don't get a shot here."

And that, my golfing friends, is why you should never lie about your handicap!

Here endeth the lesson.

16 December 2010

Kareem's Confente

This is the cover pic on Italian Cycling Journal.  Here is the back story he did know when he posted the picture.  Being devoted Lakers fan I thought this was tre' chic!


Pretty sure that is Kareem's frame.Purchased through Hans Ohrt Lightweight Bicycles in Westwood Village, now a Helen's Cyclery.  And not too much later Mario got locked out of his shop.  Built into a bike by me. Almost too long a head tube to use the Campagnolo tool kit to install the head set. 18" seat post by Gilbert Hatton.  180mm cranks.

He rode the bike for all of ten minutes, and under load tried to shift too many at once.  Collapsed the rear derailleur bent the rear dropout.  I straightened it, put on a new mechanism, and gave him some shifting lessons. Nice guy.

Sales price at that time was $1,800 about with tax.  Medium dark blue with gold head tube.  A variation on Bruin colors.  Wilkes also bought a bike there, and Walton bought all the players of the UCLA team custom ordered bikes when he graduated and got his first pro contract. A long time ago.  Kareem's bike may or may not have perished in his house fire.  My college room mate designed the art nouveau stair case railing in that house, pretty wild.

John Jorgensen

15 December 2010

BMC "Sled"

If we were in the 06 econ at this moment I would bust out the benjamins for this Rocket ship.  Being of Swiss extraction the whole ethos of engineering of this frame is fabulous.  It looks fast standing still.


Well it has been nine month since we brought home Roxy from the pound.  the second of our rescue pets, I'll give you the poop on Burleigh the Cat later.

This dog is the coolest thing since sliced bread.  That goes to the question why do people give these animals up.  Right now in todays econ, I'll bet money is the reason.

If you are looking for one I submit  that a rescue pet is the way to go.  Roxy has given the clan at the house unconditional love in so many ways and has gotten my stress level down when I most needed it.  Anyway a great Cairn Terrier she is and glad we got her.

13 December 2010

The Vikings are snowed out.

Daniel Kaplan from The Vikings head office took this terrific photo of the Metrodome from his office!

I must say that the Minnesota Vikings have gone soft in more ways than one. What happened to old days of Bloomington Stadium when the Vike's would play on their own version of the "frozen tundra"? Hell even the fan base has gone soft, they can't sit outside either.  

Gunnar very dissapointed in the intestinal fortitued of your fellow Norsmen.  Also from an architectural perspective it seams to me no one has learned any lessons from the Kansas City Disaster.

09 December 2010


Sixdays Zurich 2010 Part 1 from radsportphoto.net on Vimeo.

I saw this and I thought of Ted Ernst (now in his mid 80's).  This was his profession for most of his formative years.  Back before world war II this was bigger that professional boxing, Baseball and a host of other sports.  Than it died because it was a form of betting.  They would race for what they called preams.  it was their living for six days.  What a bunch of studs I would love to see this sport come back.

06 December 2010

A So Cali Christmas

Well it is my birthday today and as was the tradition in my house (my parents spoiled me rotten) there was no Xmas activity in the house until after the 6th Dec.  It was actually kind of cool because on the 7th everything went up like a house a fire.  In that tradition here is my Christmas card to all of my blogger hoodlums.  CHEERS BOYS!!!

Too you Gunnar regarding your post to Jonny.  It comes with palm trees batteries included.

03 December 2010

Race To Nowhere

I went to see this movie last night.  A rivoting yet provocative film.  It says volumes about what we are doing wrong in our education system,  but also gave me insight on a macro level why our country seams to be in dire straights.  I highly recommend everyone see this movie whether you have children or not.  If your school system has not set up a screening at your local theather get it done.



02 December 2010

On your marks!

Well I saw this and it gave track racing a whole other meaning to me

I love Lee

Remember Lee Iacocca, the man who rescued Chrysler Corporation from its death throes? He's now 82 years old and has a new book, Where Have All TheLeaders Gone? Lee Iacocca Says:

"Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage with this so called president? We should be screaming bloody murder! We've got a gang of tax- cheating, clueless leftists trying to steer our ship of state right over a cliff; we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind; and we can't even run a ridiculous cash-for-clunkers program without losing $26 billion of the taxpayers' money, much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Trust me; the economy is getting better"


You've got to be kidding! This is America , not the damned "Titanic."

I'll give you a sound byte: "Throw all the Democrats out along with Obama!"

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Afghanistan , Iran is completing their nuclear bombs and missiles; and nobody seems to know what to do. And the liberal press is waving "pom-poms" instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of theAmerica my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have. The Biggest 'C' is Crisis! (Iacocca elaborates on nine C's of leadership, with crisis being the first.)

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with thumb up your butt and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. A hell of a mess, so here's where we stand.

We're immersed in a bloody war now with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. But our soldiers are dying daily.

We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the world, and it's getting worse every day!
We've lost the manufacturing edge to Asia , while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health-care costs.

Gas prices are going to skyrocket again, and nobody in power has a lucid plan to open drilling to solve the problem. This country has the largest oil reserves in the WORLD, and we cannot drill for it because the politicians have been bought by the tree-hugging environmentalists.

Our schools are in a complete disaster because of the teachers' union.

Our borders are like sieves, and they want to give all illegals amnesty and free healthcare.

The middle class is being squeezed to death every day. These are times that cry out for leadership. But when you look around, you've got to ask: "Where have all the leaders gone?" Where are the curious, creative communicators?

Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, omnipotence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point..

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo?

We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping the government will make it better for them. Now, that's just crazy....deal with life.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing.

Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when "The Big Three" referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen, and more important, look what Obama did about it!

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debit, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health-care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crisis that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the Chicago gangsters in Congress. We didn't elect you to turn this country into a losing European Socialist state. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bonehead on NBC or CNN news will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?

Had Enough? Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope - I believe in America . In my lifetime, I've had the privilege of living through some of Americas greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crisis': The "Great Depression," "World War II," the "Korean War," the "Kennedy Assassination," the "Vietnam War," the 1970's oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years since 9/11.'

Make your own contribution by sending this to everyone you know and care about. It's our country, folks, and it's our future. Our future is at stake!!

24 November 2010


Well troops it is that time of year, turkey and football.  During my childhood this guy was God, I mean he was cool hand Luke to me.  A gunslinger with a football.  So I can wait for tomorrow as I will play Johnny U on the beach one more year.  At 9am it is the annual Turkey Bowl at Main beach,  you know flag football with a bunch of old men just waiting to rip up a hammy or watch the young guns blow by me like a jet.  It is always great fun with the wifes as spectators laughing thier asses off at us, and as it comes to an end we all will walk down to the "MarBar" and have a few beers and tell stories like I was Johnnu U.

Anyway to all the gang out there have a great Thanksgiving!


11 November 2010

Jack Taylor. Slappin on the parts

Well here you go.  The 63 roadster is gaining some steam.  I finally got all the parts together and after a serious dusting and cleaning most of them have ... well here it is.  The rims at present are being laced.


More pics on flickr


05 October 2010

For Margadant's Wife




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I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hands on some fucking gourds and arrange them in a horn-shaped basket on my dining room table. That shit is going to look so seasonal. I'm about to head up to the attic right now to find that wicker fucker, dust it off, and jam it with an insanely ornate assortment of shellacked vegetables. When my guests come over it's gonna be like, BLAMMO! Check out my shellacked decorative vegetables, assholes. Guess what season it is—fucking fall. There's a nip in the air and my house is full of mutant fucking squash.

I may even throw some multi-colored leaves into the mix, all haphazard like a crisp October breeze just blew through and fucked that shit up. Then I'm going to get to work on making a beautiful fucking gourd necklace for myself. People are going to be like, "Aren't those gourds straining your neck?" And I'm just going to thread another gourd onto my necklace without breaking their gaze and quietly reply, "It's fall, fuckfaces. You're either ready to reap this freaky-assed harvest or you're not."

Carving orange pumpkins sounds like a pretty fitting way to ring in the season. You know what else does? Performing an all-gourd reenactment of an episode of Diff'rent Strokes—specifically the one when Arnold and Dudley experience a disturbing brush with sexual molestation. Well, this shit just got real, didn't it? Felonies and gourds have one very important commonality: they're both extremely fucking real. Sorry if that's upsetting, but I'm not doing you any favors by shielding you from this anymore.

The next thing I'm going to do is carve one of the longer gourds into a perfect replica of the Mayflower as a shout-out to our Pilgrim forefathers. Then I'm going to do lines of blow off its hull with a hooker. Why? Because it's not summer, it's not winter, and it's not spring. Grab a calendar and pull your fucking heads out of your asses; it's fall, fuckers.

Have you ever been in an Italian deli with salamis hanging from their ceiling? Well then you're going to fucking love my house. Just look where you're walking or you'll get KO'd by the gauntlet of misshapen, zucchini-descendant bastards swinging from above. And when you do, you're going to hear a very loud, very stereotypical Italian laugh coming from me. Consider yourself warned.

For now, all I plan to do is to throw on a flannel shirt, some tattered overalls, and a floppy fucking hat and stand in the middle of a cornfield for a few days. The first crow that tries to land on me is going to get his avian ass bitch-slapped all the way back to summer.

Welcome to autumn, fuckheads!

01 October 2010

Eddy Merckx Montage

This is the coolest video I have ever seen of Merckx and the music to go with it enjoy.

9 Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions - Nicholas Jackson - Technology - The Atlantic

9 Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions - Nicholas Jackson - Technology - The Atlantic: "9 Inventors Killed by Their Own Inventions
Sep 28 2010, 5:22 PM ET 11
Jimi Heselden didn't invent the Segway, but he was the company's owner Sunday when he tumbled off a cliff while riding an all-terrain version of the self-balancing vehicle. Maybe he would have invented something like the Segway, though, if Dean Kamen hadn't gotten to it first.
A former coal miner who lost his job following the 1984-85 miners' strike that affected much of the British coal industry, Heselden took his redundancy, or layoff, money and invented Hesco bastion, a collapsible wire mesh and fabric container that is used for military fortification and flood control.
The product has done so well over the past couple of decades, that Heselden was able to purchase Segway in late 2009 and also to donate millions of his personal fortune to charity. When he died this past weekend, Heselden was worth more than $250 million.
The Segway's future is uncertain in the wake of this public relations nightmare, but Heselden was hardly the first to go because of a product he loved. Here, nine other inventors who were killed by their own inventions:"

09 September 2010

Lanterne Rouge

The French are an odd lot to say something nice about them.  But here is what really cracks me up about the French and the rest of the Euros.  Do they really care about winning?  Only in the world cup which is supposed to be watched by more people than anything else (except maybe the TDF). they are in the 21st century and the damn tourament did not even have instant replay for god sake.  Isn't it really about the pathos and drama, the rolling around on the ground like your really hurt.  Hell get off the deck and play.  That is why the Lanterne Rouge.  Talk about drama.  Lets celebrate the looser.  Hell why it would be nice if the good Ol' USof A could spend 2 hrs smoking and drinking for lunch, and than go take a nap.  Anyway you can blame Colin Cowherd (ESPN) for getting me on this.  We have it all wrong we need to go back to the days of the "Mad Men", cocktails at the office anyone.  At least in tonights Vikings v Saints game they will be playing to kick some butt and you will even have instant replay.

Here is the other thing that got me, Wikipedia has a page for "Lantern Rouge".  Again let's celebrate the looser.

Enjoy the link.


07 September 2010

Best Damn Beer Opener

Put this in your Brooks and smoke it.  I thought this was and ingenious little design .


Discs or sidepulls?

This is photo was sent to me from one of my friends in Colorado.  This was up near Breckenridge.  They have just opened some new bike paths.  I love the warning sign on this trail. Very bike friendly these Coloradoans.  I was just wonduring if at the end of this trail is there a sand pit if you have brake failure? 

31 August 2010

Vuelta a Espana for the rest of us

Ok guys I picked up on this blog.  This is better than watching those lousy announcers on NBC/universal doing the Vuelta.  Any Votes?!


25 August 2010

YIKES too many BIKES!

Yikes! I saw this on http://prollyisnotprobably.com/ and it made me think of all the stuff in our various Garages.  Maybe it is time to clean house and start over.  What the  hell happened to a great economy when we could buy anything we wanted.

20 August 2010

Jack's specs and Joel Metz's comments

Just after purchase I sent Joel the pics he had a chat with the seller and here was his commentary.

"Here we have beautiful specimen indeed. it is a 1963 jack taylor frame set. it has no name, making me beleive it is a true custom build. the reason I think this is custom is due to the tubing. It uses reynolds 531 but is plain gauge as apposed to butted. It seems this tubing was only used on there tandems. So maybe the original owner speced her a bit heavy because he was heavy? also it has a really unique mount on the fork that seems to be for a dynamo. The sizing is a bit odd too. seat tube is 54cm c-c, the top tube is 58cm c-c. the chainstays are 45cm c-c. comes with a pair of huret shifters they are in excellnt shape. sorry the headset and bb are not included. the frame is in excellent shape for her age. paint is nice and glossy, no dents or dings, no cracks. a few minor scratches is all, and a few of the decals have seen better days."

Joel's site:



I contacted the seller later on and managed to get the BB and headset back.  More later.


18 August 2010

Jack's Taylor

After Barin introduced me to Steve Garo's site Coconino and seeing the incredible filet brazing work he does I thought about the Jack Taylor that is collecting dust in my Garage.  Along with Garo's site, we had dinner with my neighbor Tanja ( who is British) her father was along for the visit.  He saw the Taylor and we had a discussion that lasted late in the night about the Taylors he had owned.  Needless to say after a few ales with Jerry I have un earthed the frame and in the next months will be a little cronology of its new birth.

23 March 2010

Lost in Emerald Canyon

It was great day in the land of lagunatics.  Spring is here and the brush is waist high.  So we took a cruise up 133 and then off up willow.  All the lefties were out with there walking sticks so raised a little dust.  Any way spring is here and the wild flowers are just out so I will report later.  My retro rig and I had a fine time this weekend.