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Wooden Aerospeeds! So awesome.
For every idiot out there knocking off old school bikes and parts, claiming homage or some such, drop your artifice. We know your just waiting to pass them off as legit. THIS is true homage, craft and pure art.
Keep up the crazy good work, and if you can get a pic of a few of your scale models next to a full size bike for comparison.
OMG, if that Panda is not now sitting in your bike room I'm going to drive out to Cali just to slap you, then hunt it down for myself, then beat you with those Z bars. Then I'd probably apologize profusely and take you out for a beer.
MadeinJapan, sorry to grill you, but handle and everything seemed to point at you maybe being involved with the manufacturer. I know what I saw and held in my hands way back at Interbike way back when. I spoke with the booth people who told me they were prototypes, and coming soon. Myself and a few other old school collectors I pointed them out to expressed our anger/dislike of the reproductions, as they were 100% indistinguishable from original ones, and who knows, maybe this caused them to stop production of them. Shit, pretty sure I showed them to Greg Hill, who I ran into shortly after finding them.
What I feel I KNOW to be true is that they manufactures some number of "prototypes" that were brought to the US to be displayed at the bike shows. Maybe that was all that were made by them back then, still using the OG molds, but what manufacturer do you know that has ever fired up a machine, mixed up batches of colored plastic, and made ONE of anything. It was one of my favorite parts back in the day, and sadly I have not felt "safe" purchasing one since that day. That's the reason for this whole thread, what products out there are no longer able to be accurately dated and pedigreed? Some of us are to the point that you won't find a single piece on a build that does not have proper providence. We are the OCD, crusty curmudgeons of the hobby and we like it like that. I wasn't attacking you, I was hipping the faithful to the fact there are now two reasons to avoid "NOS" or not obviously old and crusty versions of this saddle, the Aussies, and Kashimax themselves.
I have acquired a ton of parts, and even a few frames that were factory repainted white back around '86. among them were 2 almost complete white Mongoose expert/cali's thats frames were perfect chrome under the paint, and the parts were various colors of anno, again, painted white. When I first discovered the colors underneath, I posted some shots here of the stripping process and the perfect anno beneath the paint. One of those cranks is still on another Mongoose of mine in its chrome black and red glory.
I hate gold parts, and I hate all gold bikes even more, but this bike is beautiful! How is that even possible? Super clean find with great parts, that actually somehow look good even in pee color. Whodathunkit?