I found myself rooting through the archives and chanced on a picture from the very early days of Wheelsmith on Alma St. in Palo Alto. It was a shot of our tool board. On it hung our Campagnolo kit (old timers know about these) and our various Var, Eldi, Hozan, and home made tools.
Across the top are beer bottles, collected from exotic locations. Believe it or not, in 1975 you couldn’t walk into any grocery and find foreign, artisan, or exotic beer. You had to go there.
You can see an aluminum version of the Jobst Brandt’s tension gauge (that is currently available from FSA — buy it here!). I still have the wood tool box in the foreground. Got it at a garage sale on Addison St. (not far from the famed garage of Bill and David of HP fame).
You’ll be surprise which item I most miss: the framed picture at the left. It’s a frowning gorilla with an parrot on his head. Somehow it was meaningful. The self absorbed, highly evolved gorilla is a contrast with the bird. We needed that levity because we were always trying much too hard. Perfectionism is a vice, and a selfish one at that. The little picture was actually hinged at its top. If you lifted it up, you could access a hole in the tool board and reach our light switch. So it was. Read more →