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Razesa and Me   1 comment

As many may know I Photograph with Instant Film. Instant Film housed in a Polaroid 405. A Scneider 135MM f4.7 lens in a Crown Graphic Body. Rochester built with a 2 cell, 5″-7″ reflector. Firing bulbs Baby! Many times the process involves conversation just because of the camera itself. Recently I was approached by a gentleman named Ben. Of course we spoke a while about cameras and Instant Pictures. Some how the conversation turned to my children, where they attend college and the borough I spent my childhood. Which happens to be Queens. He caught me by surprise through his word association. Some how Queens meant the Velodrome to him. Unknowingly to Ben it meant a lot to me also. Many years ago I purchased a poor mans bicycle-fix wheel-from Kissena Cycles-builder Al Toefield. Al is known throughout the cycle scene in NY as far back as the ’40s. Al, Founder of Kissena Cycling Club, with two others influenced “The Track of Drems”-Kissena Park Velodrome. The only public bicycle track in NY.

Al measured me for the build and I chose a matte black finish for my two wheeler. Mr Toefield would also offer a chance for me to join the club and wear the jersey on the bank track. I was more interested in its usage for my transportation needs. Never saw or heard of the Span built-Razesa. But in Washington Square Park, I did confer with a group of messengers, whom applied all type of tricks with their Razesas. Locking a pose, riding backwards etc..Very cool.

As a natural progression I was very intertested in the Tour De France. Along came the Spaniard Miguel Indurain, who would win five Tours in the early 90s riding for the Banesto Team. For a year Razesa built a Cycle for the Banesto Team. Miguel and the Banesto rode the Razesa to victory circle taking the brand into cycling history. This beast of a rider actually rode the product I have built by a NY track icon. Very nice.

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Pedal Stand. Razesa and Me, April 1988.

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Ready to ride. Razesa and Me, April 1988

The very night Ben wondered out loud if he can have my jewel. I set my eyes upon it in my attic. It was two o’clock in the morning. Overcome with fulfillment and remebering all the pleasure we had together so glad I kept ya.

Anthony Leyro