Vintage Bicycles Done Proper :: Portland, Oregon
Love endures the test of time. Love provides cherished moments that swirl in minds eye like they were yesterday. Even if it was 52 years ago.In 1964, an Allegro Special was purchased by a boy. Now, most certainly a man, John Meyers, provides a rare glimpse into a bicycle that is used as any pedigree of bicycle should be. It is a rider. Something to treat gently and never abuse but none the less, a rider. Even after a significant restoration.
John has generously provided his time, his thoughts and allowed us a brief view of his incredible Allegro as a Tell Your Story submission. This feature is a way for visitors, like you, to share the history of their bicycles for all.
Enjoy John’s fine machine and while you do, please consider contributing your own bicycle and account to Tell Your Story.
THE SPECIAL ALLEGRO
By John Meyers
This is a love story starting in 1964. I first saw the lady at a local shop and was immediately taken by her beauty. I would come by the shop as often as possible to find out as much as I could about her. I found that she was Swiss born, from the Swiss mother, and that her father was 100% Italian. Her name was “Allegro Special” and she was particularly beautiful.
I visited this local shop a number of times during the year 1964. And then during Thanksgiving vacation of 1964 I found that the Allegro Special was on sale for only $240. I dashed home and gathered up my savings and raced back to the store, which was Bob’s Cycle Center In Fair Oaks, California (Schwinn dealership).
Things we’ve done together:
In the 1980’s I had the 5-speed freewheel changed to 7-speed… with indexed shifters and the rims changed to clinchers… tired of being a seamstress.
Over the years as my stable became larger I found I was riding the Allegro less and less…then I came across the name CyclArt in Southern California and decided to find out what they were all about. After talking with Jim Cunningham I decided to bring the original beauty back to the Allegro. The paint job and decal work in the photo’s tell the story of the fine work the folks at Cycle Arts provide. When I got the frame back home I searched for all the original components I still had in storage, I found almost everything from the original bike. I then contacted by Dean Reed at Bike Central in Portland who took the job of assembling and finishing the bike. Dean is a master of vintage cycles and he filled in the few gaps in components to come up with the complete original package.
I am in love all over again and enjoying every opportunity to spend time with an old flame. The joy of a “new” bike is always the same…albeit perhaps a little better the second time around.