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Hi all,

Just wondering about this So. Cal man who built a couple of wheels for me when I was getting started in the late 80s. I never met him, but a really nice guy, and he built me the best old school wheels ever, of hi-flange Campy tipo hubs with a reduced dish rear wheel (whatever that is).

Anyways, has he passed away, or is he still out there wrenching somewhere?
 

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Wow! I haven't heard that name in many many years. Ray built several sets of wheels for me, including a set for my tandem. I can't help you locate him/contact him, but he was or is one of the best wheel builders ever.
 

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Well, Gawd, was it the late 70's or very 80's? Ray Blum built me a set of wheels, that I put on a Raleigh Super Course that I eventually sold on Ebay to someone in Japan. I kept the wheels though, as these were a prize possession. They are Campy Hub 5 speed wheels with sew ups. Original Tires are still on them, and I just aired them up. Lo and behold they still hold air after about 35 years. These are going to go on a Celo which was a house brand bike that was made for a California Bike Shop. This particular bike was owned by an Olympic Ski Champion. I would pay good money to just watch that guy carve some canyons on this bike! By the way, Ray is probably long dead and gone. GOD Bless Him! Not only was he very quiet and modest man, He was also one hell of an expert wheel builder!
 

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Further update... The Orange 52cm Celo Eurpopa was stolen about 3 years back, along with my precious Ray Blum Wheels... I regularly post the bike on Ebay, and on Craigslist, hoping in vane for its return, along with those wonderful wheels.
 

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UPDATE:
Ray was a speed skater, among other things... He lived to be about 91 years of age.

Inducted May 17, 1969
Ray was born April 11, 1919. During his lifetime he became a National and North American Outdoor and Indoor Champion, with his peak year being in 1952. He was inducted in to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 17, 1969 in Anaheim, California.
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Raymond Edward “Ray” Blum (April 11, 1919 – May 5, 2010) was an American speed skater who competed at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. He placed 20th in the Men’s 1500 meters competition in a field of 45 and 17th in the Men’s 5000 meters event in a field of 40. He was born in Nutley, New Jersey and was a member of the Paterson Skating Club. He attended the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the institution in 1950, after a stint in the United States Navy during World War II. He spent his later life working as an aerospace engineer for several companies in New England and California. On October 26, 1996, he was inducted into the NJIT Highlanders’ Hall of Fame for his success as both a cyclist and a speed skater, as well as the American National Speedskating Museum and Hall of Fame on May 17, 1969. He died on May 5, 2010 in New Jersey.
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Ray Blum competed for the Paterson Skating Club, but excelled in both speed skating and cycling. He began cycling at the Nutley Velodrome, where he trained prior to being drafted and transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Station. After serving in World War II, Blum attended the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), graduating with an engineering degree in 1950. But he continued to compete in both sports, winning the US Cycling Omnium Championship in 1949, and in speed skating, he tied for first at the 1950 North American outdoor championships and 1952 North American indoor championship. He is a member of the NJIT Highlanders’ Hall of Fame and the US Speedskating Hall of Fame.
Blum and his wife later settled in Downey, California where he continued to ride bikes and race some into his 70s. He gets honorable mention in the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cycling, where is credited with helping cyclists get into bike racing and built wheels that were prized.
 
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