• http://hughsbicycle.blogspot.com sprocket56

    Very cool. I noticed the frame construction of the two different metals described as bonded.That makes sense, I think because bonded implies that the two metals never make direct contact.I had a wheel set that had steel spokes and an aluminum rim. And each spoke nipple had a rubber o-ring that prevented these two metals from coming into contact. What I don`t know is why this is? I`m guessing someone out there in old ten speed land can tell me though.

  • Mark D.

    Been lurking some time; first post. Love the OTSG. Kevin, nice bike, nice story. You might find this recent (ended) ebay listing interesting:


    Same bike, $299 price tag. I recently picked one up myself (local Craigslist). When I take some pictures, I’ll post them to the gallery.

    Have heard rumors of frame failures, since this was an early experiment in aluminum/steel frame building, but I’m hoping that they are only rumors or that any frames that were going to fail have already done so. My looks fine, anyway. I think this bike might date from 1987, but I’m not sure.

    As for the separating of the two metals, I’m not sure. I know that some metals can react with each other, but I assumed these frames were epoxyed together because they could not be brazed like steel.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing. Ride on.

    Mark D.