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!!