Today EVERYBODY'S an expert. There are a jillion stories about Bowdens on the internet in DIY forums and guess sessions and magazines and newsletters. Everybody knows it all. They'll repeat the same info we gave you nearly thirty years ago, but ALL of these came AFTER we introduced the Spacelander to collectors. Aside from a previous article in CLASSIC BICYCLE & WHIZZER NEWS (also written by Dixon), this was the first and only factual treatise on Bowden Spacelander history and the ONLY photos of a correct, original example published up until that time.
And while many sources have subsequently adopted and parroted back the number of "522 produced" to collectors, that number first appeared in CBWN newsletter and this Cyclist magazine article. WE DID IT FIRST. The number came from us and no place else. The reason was that even the inventor did not remember how many of these bicycles were made and WE counted it up from the original factory shipment records that came from an officer of the company back in the 1970s, long before anyone else cared! So no one can claim they did it first. And YES- we STILL have the original shipping list of bicycles that were sent out from the factory, including who they went to, colors, etc.
Also, Bowden's middle initial was erroneously listed in the article captions as J by the magazine editor, not the author.
Today, there are so many fakes, "reproductions" and clones of these bicycles around, the claim that they are rare has become rather preposterous. There are easily more "Bowdens" around today than were ever made originally. How do you tell a modern clone? Easiest giveaway is the slick, shiny paint job and a gosh-awful 2-TONE SADDLE. Originals had neither. In fact, originals went out of their way to show off the fibers in the fiberglass whereas TODAY's people think fiberglass ought to look like a Corvette with everything polished like glass- or better yet- swimming under oceans of clearcoat finish! Not. What's another thing to look for? A missing rear carrier. Originals had them. And there is no steel frame "under the fiberglass"contrary to what people think today.
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