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    Victor Vicente of America Topanga. Second one built

    Here's my recently finished 1979 VVA Topanga. The full story and all the photos can be found here: http://www.velocult.com/index.php/blog/


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    Cool bike Sky- and great story!!!

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    now THAT'S vintage retro classic.
    close curtains.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    When I first clicked through I thought you guys had just got better at making 'period' photography. Glad I read the rest. Fantastic story----what an amazing coincidence!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    When I first clicked through I thought you guys had just got better at making 'period' photography. Glad I read the rest. Fantastic story----what an amazing coincidence!
    yeah, it's odd to research an odd rare bike only to tie the builder back to your family. it still amazes me.

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    And that he (father in law) was able to dredge up the old photos. Cool stuff. You should curate them---get a photo and bike history exhibition up somewhere in SD.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    And that he (father in law) was able to dredge up the old photos. Cool stuff. You should curate them---get a photo and bike history exhibition up somewhere in SD.
    haha, remember outside of about 200 people in the world nobody gives a rats a$$ about these old bikes.

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    Ha--perhaps! But I think the story is cool enough to hook people, and your father in law seems to have a good eye. The "Meeting Modernity" thing here at Neojaponisme (http://neojaponisme.com/category/past/photography-past/) is older, but they've got shows happening pretty regularly.

    Between bikes, history, photography, world record setting (!), and the Japanese angle I think it could be pretty awesome!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Neat story, Sky.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Suck that Rapha!

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    My name is Marcelo, everyone I know in Brazil as "Jassa" I do not personally know the VVA, but I am a big fan of his, here I had the pleasure to interview you and make a full report about it published in a forum Brazil where I belong.
    Tribute to VVA. Congratulations!

    http://www.pedal.com.br/forum/atuali...opic10201.html

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    Nice bike VC and a good story.

    I have always been intrigued with this part about VVoA also.
    http://chiefacoins.com/Database/Micr...of_America.htm
    The future is not google-able. William Gibson

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    Quote Originally Posted by MABman
    Nice bike VC and a good story.

    I have always been intrigued with this part about VVoA also.
    http://chiefacoins.com/Database/Micr...of_America.htm
    the coins are cool i think. a friend of mine randomly found one on a trail in the LA area. i need to ask VVA if he ever scattered coins around on trails just for fun or if it actually got lost there after a Reseda to the Sea race or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veloculture
    haha, remember outside of about 200 people in the world nobody gives a rats a$$ about these old bikes.
    As one of the 200, I miss your shop having a back room that served as a mountain bike museum.

    Cool find and great story.

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    Victor gave me a few of his coins. It's funny to recall that his "future date" of 1994 once looked to be so far off as to be science fiction.







    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    That's what I'm talking about
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    Cool font
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Cool font
    Among his many talents, VVA designed typefaces.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Among his many talents, VVA designed typefaces.

    Is he still around?

    -Schmitty-

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASSABRASIL
    My name is Marcelo, everyone I know in Brazil as "Jassa" I do not personally know the VVA, but I am a big fan of his, here I had the pleasure to interview you and make a full report about it published in a forum Brazil where I belong.
    Tribute to VVA. Congratulations!

    http://www.pedal.com.br/forum/atuali...opic10201.html
    Brilliant link JASSABRASIL!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmitty
    Is he still around?

    -Schmitty-

    Yes.. he commented on another VVA thread here not too long ago I think. He's in Norcal now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelon
    Brilliant link JASSABRASIL!!!!
    all (or most of) those pictures there were taken from mtbr...

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    Yes. I took many photos of the forum and received some of Mr. Victor, the interview came out separately in the forum and for some reason disappeared, but the matter also published a monthly magazine here in Brazil.
    I spent at least two months exchanging emails and talking on various subjects, inlusive because he understands Portuguese, because I lived in Brazil, where he worked and married a Brazilian.
    Sorry for my bad English, I am using a translator online.







    I can only say that Mr. VVA, is a unique person, has the young and competitive spirit of the 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASSABRASIL
    Yes. I took many photos of the forum and received some of Mr. Victor, the interview came out separately in the forum and for some reason disappeared, but the matter also published a monthly magazine here in Brazil.
    I spent at least two months exchanging emails and talking on various subjects, inlusive because he understands Portuguese, because I lived in Brazil, where he worked and married a Brazilian.
    Sorry for my bad English, I am using a translator online.



    I can only say that Mr. VVA, is a unique person, has the young and competitive spirit of the 90s.
    hey, very cool. nice work. I never knew he spoke Portuguese. Your English is just fine!

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    Vva

    He's certainly a varied artist. This negative image of Free Dog, found online, has served well as a desktop background for years. Cheers from Trondheim.
    Last edited by Rev. Gusto; 04-17-2011 at 02:05 AM.

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