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    1967 Phillips, John Olsen modified  

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Early Phillips 3 speed bicycle modified by a young John Olsen into a trials bike.  Read about one of his adventures on the bike below: 


        "And besides, on this bike, I learned how not to jump.  Near my
        brother's house, in Rochester MN, I found a great dirt jump.
         Since I was on that bike, equipped with luxurious suspension,
        I rolled down into the drop, came back up, and into the air!
         Where I heard a funny sound, and realized that the threaded
        rod that I used to hold the top of the springs got pushed
        forward off of the fork crown by the dropping front wheel,
        thus meaning that when I landed, I would have NO springs.
         Sure enough, when I landed, the front wheel jammed into the
        bottom of the fork crown and stopped instantly.  I proceeded
        forward, what with inertia and all, and used my young and
        fresh gonads to bend the steel stem 45 degrees.  I then
        decided to lay down for an hour or so.  This was a blank time
        in my life, involving bleeding from places that should not
        bleed.  Eventually, my father found me and helped me home.
        So actually, that bike DID, in fact, nearly kill me, or at
        least my unborn progeny."

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One of the articles written about this bike by John Olsen in Mountain and City Biking of May 1989,

  

 

Frame Lugged steel
Fork Home made Earles-type suspension fork
Rear Shock NA
Rims 26" steel front, 20" steel rear
Hubs Rear Sturmey Archer 3 speed, steel front
Spokes rusty
Tires 26" x 1 3/8" front, 20" x 2.125" rear
Pedals Rubber block
Crank Cottered Phillips
Chain rusty
Rear Cogs single chainring sprocket
Bottom Bracket cottered
Front Derailleur NA
Rear Derailleur NA
Shifters Sturmey Archer 3 speed
Handlebars Steel Phillips
Stem Steel Phillips
Headset Steel
Brake set NA
Brake levers NA
Saddle Mattress-type saddle
Seat Post steel
Colors Orange
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