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since there's no end on "black and cycling refrain"(5 posts)

since there's no end on "black and cycling refrain"cyclopathic
Aug 5, 2002 7:58 AM
here it comes for you jazz lovers:

..Among Otto's early inventions was a large-tube magnesium track frame filled with hydrogen, which he raced himself with some success. After a being seriously burned when a friend struck a match against his bicycle, Otto became a track coach and frame builder in the 1920's. His star rider was a young John Birks Gillespie, who showed such prodigous talent that he was banned from competing at many tracks because, it was said, he circled the track so fast it made spectators "dizzy". Although Gillespie quit cycling and took up the trumpet instead, the nickname stuck. Years latter Dizzy Gillespie returned the favor by naming his new music after his former mentor and friend.

taken from Bebob site.

I am not an authorized dealer or I will ever benefit from Bebob sales; my association with Bibob is limited to use of their pedals, which served me well for many thousand miles 8-P
is this true? I'm really gullible nmishmael
Aug 5, 2002 8:05 AM
re: is this true? I'm really gullible nmcyclopathic
Aug 5, 2002 8:16 AM
I've read some things on Dizy, and amongst other things he was a car racer (just like Greg LeMond nowdays), so it fits more or less. He had huge lungs no doubt.

Just another piece of forgotten history I guess, here's the link
LOL Don't worry Ishmaelxxll
Aug 5, 2002 3:06 PM
God has a special love for the simple ones! You crack me up!!!!
I've heard and read a lot about the origins...Djudd
Aug 5, 2002 8:29 AM
of both Dizzy's nickname and "bebop" but that is the first I have seen of this. I'll add it to the list.
thanks, cyclopathic