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Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Fast One: Karl's Kogswell

Got a little behind last night and this morning, so if this is a little brisk and choppy, I apologize in advance.

At the top of this blog, I've added in a random slide show from my Flickr sets - planning on periodically choosing one from my feed. Actually, had just done this to show another blogger how it works, but upon reflection, felt it was a nice addition.

Today, Karl's Kogswell P58 is the lone addition to the Current Classic Gallery -

Current Classics Gallery #779

Kogswells have always been interesting bicycles to me.  Back when this Gallery was gaining momentum, they populated the entries and much of the conversation on the iBob list.  To my perspective, they were one of the first steel, lugged production frames to gain visibility after Rivendell. As a value proposition to the Rivendell, it let many riders get contemporary lugged steel within their monetary constraints.

Kogswell probably helped the connection between Rivendell and Maxway, who was the Taiwan-based company which built the Kogs.  This led to the Bleriot, and now the current Sam Hillborne, Betty Foy/Yves Gomez and upcoming Hunqapillar models.

The P/R (Porteur/Randonneur) in 650B really seemed to put Kogswell on the map, staking out an area which no production bicycle seemed to exist.  The idea of swappable forks, different fork rake/trail and front-end-load specific geometry still spurs lots of debate, and really revved up participation in the Kogswell Owners Group.  (Ride buddy JimG also maintains an interesting and informative page of Kogswell info, and puts some serious miles on his 700C P/R)

But, it's these earlier bikes - the D, G and P series - which got them going.

#779 - Karl Littner's Kogswell P58


Russ Stringfellow said...

Although I visit cyclofiend more often than I care to admit, this is the first time I came across your blog. Nice!

I like your take on Kog's notch in the seatpost of bicycle history and I'd love to stumble into a model D or P in my size...but so far no luck.

cyclofiend said...

Thanks for the kind words. I'm excited about the idea of focusing on newer entries and different aspects of the Galleries.

The early Kogswells seem not to show up too frequently on the used market. I'm not sure how many are out there from that period. May have to do a little more research to find out.

Thanks again!

- Jim