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In Memory of Phil Wood

According to a post on Bicycle Retailer:

Phil Wood, the man responsible for sealed hubs and bottom brackets, died this week on his farm in Baxter, Iowa. He was 84.

He started the Phil Wood Company in 1971 as primarily a hub maker, though he offered other components. He sold the business to Peter Enright and a group of investors in 1991.

I know Phil’s granddaughter, and through her I know that Phil was a genuinely good guy. His business was built on ethics and integrity, and the quality of his products reflected that.

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  1. AD GimenezMarch 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Oh man, that is so sad. I still have half used tubes of green grease from 15 to 20 years ago in my tool boxes. Amazing greese well worth the money.

    Hope the company keeps his good name with use for a long time to come.

    AD G

  2. EvanMarch 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    R.I.P. Mr. Wood, I hope to grace my bike with your components some time soon.

  3. RyanMarch 22, 2010 at 3:09 am

    thanx for creating some mighty fine hubs,hope your name lives on,thanx for doing all you did for our cycle culture,rest easy

  4. JamesMarch 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I knew Phil Wood quite well and …well he was quite a guy. He was a master engineer and just interested in how things worked. He was also a good friend of my father, Lawrence Lindsey, the maker of Lindcraft Bicycle Displays. I haven’t seen Phil for quite a few years and I an very saddened by his passing. One time I was at his shop and he was wearing a Ben Davis shirt, I pointed to the picture of the monkey on the label of the shirt and said “who’s that?”. Phil said “That’s me”. And sure enough, it looked just like Phil. I will miss him.

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