[CR]The Other Higgins... Funkmeister's challenge


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Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 09:14:19 -0400
From: Harvey Sachs <hmsachs@verizon.net>
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, harvey Sachs <hmsachs@verizon.net>
Subject: [CR]The Other Higgins... Funkmeister's challenge

The truly lovely "Higgins" was a finely engineered British bike, such as http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/bikes/higgins-rb.html. Higgins was also known for his trike conversions.

I'm bringing a different Higgins to Cirque, from the late '50s. Almost all original, except consumables like the saddle and tires. Campag Gran Sport derailleurs, Weinmann rims and brakes (with QRs), BB oiler, and even through-the-top-tube rear brake cable routing. Lugs picked out, some nice lining, etc.

But, this was the other Higgins, more common Stateside. J.C. Higgins, the brand name used by Sears, Roebuck & Co for some of its higher-end sporting goods before about 1960 (Thanks, listers, for the date info).

Tongue firmly in cheek, I challenge all comers to bring a funkier on-topic bike, and we'll see if Cirque-Meister Bingham can come up with an appropriate prize. Indeed, if someone brings something funkier, I'll donate a Genuine Assmann Model 52 saddle as the prize.

Of course, I haven't showed all my cards yet. like my totally mint bright red 4-speed on-topic Alenax with "Transbar Power." Yup, it's coming to Cirque, too (Actually, right now it's out of adjustment, so it seems to be 3-speed on one side and 4-speed on the other, but it doesn't hurt the ride quality any more than the basic design did).

Of course, Wayne may want to quarantine these bikes away from the wall queens, lest they catch something contagious. :-)

See ya'll in less than 2 weeks!

Harvey Sachs mcLean va usa, on a lovely Memorial Day when we commemorate those whose premature deaths contributed so much to us.