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« on: January 23, 2013, 09:36:34 AM »

  For those interested, this site was started 2 years ago by Bob Gurkin.  I just cleaned up the site and deleted all accounts that have been inactive for more than 1 year.  We started with about 5 members in the first month, and have grown to about 165 real members.

  When Bob started this, he did not think we would get much action, but I think we have done a lot to help the Simplex community come together to share ideas and to help each other.  If anyone has any ideas going forward, please let me know.  

I know several people on here have tossed around the idea for a simplex T-shirt, but no one has stepped up and done it.  I am going to pick up the ball and run with this and will have shirts available by the time Portland rolls around.

On another note, who's going to the Wollard auction? 


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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 04:02:04 PM »

Is Bob still around?  I've seen a posting from him in quite a while.  Did he ever sell his bike?  Yes, I think we've got a good group here. 

As far as Ideas, maybe we could use another "section" for non-specific or non-Simplex stuff.  It seems we cross pollenate a lot of our threads with different topics ("a rider" comes to mind).  This makes it hard for someone new to find that one trick or tip he might need to help his project.

Ya, I was one of those who dropped the ball on the shirts.  One of our members wanted to take on the project so I laid back.  I guess he never got the opportunity to further the project.  I still like the idea of a colored shirt w/pocket (not black) with a winged logo on the back & a small image of a servi-cycle on the breast.

I'm still on the fence about the auction.  If I can convince sonya that it's time to visit her brother again, we'll go.
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 10:03:37 PM »

Rick, going thru some of the data provided by Bob Kerr, I found that 2 or 3 of his bikes were already in our database (info I got from Bill Erikson....from the old Pat Williams data base).

Also, I'm puzzled in that Bob says the highest '56 model found is #15260.  He also states that the '56 has the brake light switch bracket on the top of the rear lower bar and the '57 models moved it to the bottom.  Yet, my bike is # 15249 and the bracket is on the bottom.  The Simplex old timers at Portland thought my bike was a '57 or '58 just by looking at it quickly.  When I got the bike, the widow thought her husband said it was a '56. 

Another problem I have with Bob's list is the way he shows rounded off numbers for the model year changes.  We all now know that Simplex didn't pay any attention to what frame and what motor they grabbed to feed into the assembly line.  I find it hardly likely that the dealers actually saw neat orderly frame & motor numbers at the end of each model year.

Another neat thing is that the Wollard estate has a frame that is only one number off from a bike owned by our member "vintage".  Wollard also had a couple other frames which were only one number away from each other.

I should have the registry updated in the next day or so.  Adding all of those Wollard bikes sure bumped the size of the list (well over a hundred now).
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2014, 07:22:18 AM »

Just a quick note that I have renewed the site for another year. I am glad that the Simplex community has a place to hang out and share ideas.  We are now entering our 3rd year and continue to slowly grow. I wish we could get some of the old timers involved, but it just seems that they are a little computer shy!

If anyone has any suggestions for site improvement, please let me know.

Thanks to all for making this a success, and a tip of the hat to Bob Gurkin for getting this off the ground.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2014, 05:19:47 PM »

I was working on an update of the registry to upload today, but talked to Jim Lokai this afternoon (he's in Ohio).  I sold Jim an old honda scooter last summer but couldn't find the title.  I finally found it today & called Jim to confirm his address so I could send it to him.

Jim is working on a '36 servi-cycle & hoping to have it ready for Portland this year.  He tells me he has around 25 servi-cylcles in various forms of completeness and 4 trucks.  He is going to send me the frame & motor numbers from his stash so we can add them to the registry.
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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2015, 08:29:08 AM »

I just renewed for another year!  I have been getting an ever increasing number of membership requests a day, with 99.5% of them bogus.  I wish I could figure out a better way to filter out these bogus attempts, but I am already using the highest level of captcha that is available with this software.  If anyone has a problem getting registered, read the first line of the registration agreement and your problems will disappear!!

I know it has been slow lately, I hope it is just the winter and that people are not working on their bikes much.   I can't wait for the spring!
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 07:40:35 AM »

Just a yearly update that I have renewed the website for another year.  If we do not get more activity in 2016, this may the last year.  I just don't have as much free time anymore, and if only a handful of people are active, it just doesn't seem to be worth the effort and money.

That said, I look forward to seeing everyone a Portland this July, so get working on those projects!
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017, 08:27:11 AM »

Update 2/7/17

Another year has passed and I have renewed us again.  I have changed some of our hosting preferences for a better price, so I have committed to keeping this site up for 3 more years.  We will be changing servers, which will happen late tonight, so we may be down for a short time.  I hope everything is up and running normally by tomorrow morning.

I hope everyone had a good year and look forward to more success this year.  

As happens each winter, the traffic on the site slows down, but usually picks up as the weather improves.  I hope everyone is busy working on their projects and posts something on their progress!

See you in Portland in July

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