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Old 12-14-2017, 10:47 AM
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Goodbye Lane #1

So I saw this over on facebook and since this used to be THE place to go to talk about Lane #1 and was always a great sponsor of this site, I figured I'd bring the discussion over here. The monthly giveaways were always great (even though I NEVER won). While the end of Lane #1 (for now) was not a surprise, it's still like a part of my bowling career has died. There was a time when my whole arsenal was Lane #1 with the OG Chainsaw as my favorite. Good times. Thank you Richie and Lane #1 for everything over the years and good luck in your future venture!

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Hello Sawheads and all past Lane #1 customers. I've come here to announce, to many of you's dismay (and some elated), that on our 25th Anniversary month, Lane #1 will officially be shutting down for a while, until new blood steps up to continue the brand, as it's time to pass the torch. It's been a wonderful 25 years, with the pleasure of seeing so many bowlers bowl their first 300 game, first 800 series, highest series, first tournament win, increase their average by over 20 pins, winning the most money, first average over 200, etc., etc... All the success stories over the years is what put and/or kept a smile on my face, making me strive to bring better products to the bowling industry. I want you all to know that I enjoyed every minute giving you all advice on drilling layouts and/or ball recommendations, but the time has come for me to move on to bigger and better things in life, as the bowling industry has left me out to dry, so to speak. So with all that said, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday season and let's all pray that someone steps up to the plate to keep Lane #1 going strong into the future. In the meantime, I'll be working on opening up Club 11, next to Strike n Spare lanes, home of this years Bowlers Journal tournament at the USBC Nationals here in Syracuse, so please stop in and say hello if you're coming into town..? Ciao for now...

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Old 12-14-2017, 11:43 AM
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I felt the same way when Star Trak went out of business. They were around from 1975-1990. They were one of the first companies to use urethane, and one of the first companies to use something other than a pancake weight block.

Dick Haas was an innovative man who explored things in bowling no other company did. Like Lane 1, he was an outsider but economic forces kept him from getting where he wanted. His creditors morphed the company into what is now Track, Inc.

Maybe Lane 1 will be morphed into something else. In any case, nothing is forever, but Richie will have is place in bowling history. Good Luck Richie.
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Old 12-14-2017, 02:13 PM
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Better stock up on Secret Sauce

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Why would anyone be "elated" that Lane #1 is gone? The other ball companies probably don't care and use bowlers have one less choice in the market place.

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I remember when I first started out bowling, thanks to BBE and seeing all the Lane #1 talk and ball give away, I bought the Lane #1 four ball bag, glove, Enriched Uranium, Hybrid Dirty Bomb, Agent Orange, Super Carbide Bomb, Carbide Plus, and the Clear Blue Diamond.
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I remember getting my first Lane #1 ball (from El Scorcho of all people too!) and having great success with it. Thought I hit a gold mine when I bought my first NIB Lane #1 balls (Dirty Bomb pearl and Cobalt Carbide ) and shot my 275 game with the Dirty Bomb. Very underrated equipment, but for sure some great memories.
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:45 PM
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I had the original purple,super carbide,silver diamond,blueberry,cherry,the army,silver uranium,blue cobalt pearl,gem stone,xxl,xxxl,the x2,and the crank.
Like so many has said before the magic was with the Brunswick covers and maybe the time when the lane oil was different. I loved Lane 1 but IMO they died a long time ago. RIP Lane 1

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Old 12-15-2017, 03:58 PM
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Too bad, we had several customers who were totally dedicated to Lane #1.

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It is sad to see any bowling company not be able to make it work.

At one time, I thought that Lane 1 had a chance to become what Storm has. They had a great, quality product, an almost rabid, loyal following, and even a presence on the PBA tour.

To see them slowly deteriorate has been sad.

R.I.P. Lane 1. Good luck Mr. Sposato.

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Old 12-16-2017, 10:33 AM
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My son's Liberator Urethane is still scoring great since NIB. It would be nice to see another company continue the name with competitive pricing.

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It seemed inevitable, but still sad to see them go. I started using them back in '07 (my research ultimately led me here to BBE) and found quick success. Was on staff for quite some time and used them exclusively for a few years. Still have a pink panther stashed away for a rainy day. It remains my favorite ball to this day. If nothing else, I hope someone buys the diamond core and continues to pour covers around it. I don't know if any of the science stuff is true or not, but I was successful with it nonetheless. Good luck to Richie in any future endeavors.
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Best polish out there. I'll have to make my own.
Lane #1 produced some great equipment, and in my book Richie is a class act. I wish him well and much success in what ever he does going forward.
I will always have my Liberator, and my XXXL Starburst in my arsenal.
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Best polish out there. I'll have to make my own.
Lane #1 produced some great equipment, and in my book Richie is a class act. I wish him well and much success in what ever he does going forward.
I will always have my Liberator, and my XXXL Starburst in my arsenal.
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My son's Liberator Urethane is still scoring great since NIB. It would be nice to see another company continue the name with competitive pricing.
Will be impossible since Ritchie is asking for A LOT of money for the company. If it was reasonable, I would be interested in getting in with some investors to buy the company.
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any chance of partnering with him?it would be a shame to let this brand die off, too much great stuff there

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any chance of partnering with him?it would be a shame to let this brand die off, too much great stuff there
To be honest, with his ideas and strong personality, I don't see anyone partnering with him.
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When it comes to buying it from Richie, what would you get? The name and the core designs? Maybe there's still some stock and the balls in the "vault" (if that's still a thing), but what could that all be worth?

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Why would someone be interested in purchasing Lane #1, when they have done everything in their power to discredit the company?

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Why would someone be interested in purchasing Lane #1, when they have done everything in their power to discredit the company?
why don't we buy it? elect people to run it and direct it and promote it as the real bowler's company?

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...buy it?

If what has been said is true, unfortunately, that would probably include absorbing Lane #1's debt too. Having negative debt in today's market place would take quite some time to overcome, if it could be overcome at all.

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why don't we buy it? elect people to run it and direct it and promote it as the real bowler's company?
I love that idea. You can find Ritchie on FB and send him a message!
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MeNoRevs, do you know how much he is asking?
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Thanks to Lane #1, not only for making products that many of us still feel were the best on the market, but for also sponsoring this site for so long. I've met a few people on here that I now consider friends, and wouldn't have had that chance without BBE and Lane #1. (The free Red Death and Crank R were much appreciated as well!)
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I love that idea. You can find Ritchie on FB and send him a message!
Someone else.I don't have an account.

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I'm curious as to why Richie felt "the bowling industry has left me out to dry"
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I'm curious as to why Richie felt "the bowling industry has left me out to dry"
Probably because, like a lot of pro shop owners, ex PBA pros and local bowling "gods" of past generations, he seemed to feel that bowling OWED him a good living and when it didn't work out, he blames everyone but the person who is actually responsible.

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i disagree from the word go the powers that be made the hill very steep to climb,the cores and coverstock are very good.Trying to carve a niche in this big pond when they don't want you you won't make it.

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why not go public so to speak and see how much we can raise,bring back the c2 core balls and get the ball rolling!

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I've thrown a lot of Lane #1 stuff, starting with the C/2 cores up thru the G-force line. There's no doubt in my mind that the best Lane #1 balls were poured by Brunswick, although I've probably won more money with the Retro Buzzsaw THS than any other ball I've ever owned.

I'm a firm believer in the Diamond core concept.


While all the discussion of buying the company sounds pretty awesome, no one has mentioned the biggest hurdle, which is what I think doomed Richie, and that is "Who are you going to get to pour your balls?"
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this thought crossed my, were all the favorite saws 2 piece balls?

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I've thrown a lot of Lane #1 stuff, starting with the C/2 cores up thru the G-force line. There's no doubt in my mind that the best Lane #1 balls were poured by Brunswick, although I've probably won more money with the Retro Buzzsaw THS than any other ball I've ever owned.

I'm a firm believer in the Diamond core concept.


While all the discussion of buying the company sounds pretty awesome, no one has mentioned the biggest hurdle, which is what I think doomed Richie, and that is "Who are you going to get to pour your balls?"
That somewhat answers your own question. Richie should have poured his own bowling balls to begin with. If you are relying on Brunswick, Ebonite Brands, Storm, 900 Global, or someone else to pour your stuff, you are at their mercy every time.
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why not go public so to speak and see how much we can raise,bring back the c2 core balls and get the ball rolling!

Isn't the C2 core outside the current USBC spec limits?

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That somewhat answers your own question. Richie should have poured his own bowling balls to begin with. If you are relying on Brunswick, Ebonite Brands, Storm, 900 Global, or someone else to pour your stuff, you are at their mercy every time.
For a small "boutique" brand like Lane #1, that would have never made sense. There are/were others that used this same business model. Most of them used 900 Global and that all changed when Storm bought them. I'm not sure who Seismic uses now, I think it's Visionary? I thought Visionary would be the best fit for Lane #1, but apparently that didn't work out. The other "Big" brands don't need Lane #1, they don't see the value in it for whatever reason, plus they all have multiple brands already in an already saturated market.

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That somewhat answers your own question. Richie should have poured his own bowling balls to begin with. If you are relying on Brunswick, Ebonite Brands, Storm, 900 Global, or someone else to pour your stuff, you are at their mercy every time.
Do you know how much money that would cost in equipment and professionals? He would of had to hire a CAD person, a chemist, etc. I don't think I see how that is feasible unless you got some serious money behind you by investors.
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Isn't the C2 core outside the current USBC spec limits?
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For a small "boutique" brand like Lane #1, that would have never made sense. There are/were others that used this same business model. Most of them used 900 Global and that all changed when Storm bought them. I'm not sure who Seismic uses now, I think it's Visionary? I thought Visionary would be the best fit for Lane #1, but apparently that didn't work out. The other "Big" brands don't need Lane #1, they don't see the value in it for whatever reason, plus they all have multiple brands already in an already saturated market.
I am sure Visionary would of been a good fit for Lane #1. I'm sure Seismic is very happy with them, and I dont see Visionary being "that" busy. Saying that, we all heard "rumors" about Lane#1 having troubles with paying. There was even talk that they had to pay up front for San Antonio to pour their stuff.
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I am sure Visionary would of been a good fit for Lane #1. I'm sure Seismic is very happy with them, and I dont see Visionary being "that" busy. Saying that, we all heard "rumors" about Lane#1 having troubles with paying. There was even talk that they had to pay up front for San Antonio to pour their stuff.
The rumor I heard back in the day was that Richie met with Jason at Visionary and asked for a "number" and when Jason gave him one Richie responded with "No, I meant for your whole plant." so Jason told him to go pound sand. But like I said it's a rumor. would have loved to have seen a Visionary cover around a diamond core.

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All a person needs is an old building, BASF, someone who likes to tinker with gear ratios (so to speak), and a thorough understanding of the business of bowling with a realistic mind set.

What is Lane #1 worth in the real world of bowling? The cores are extremely simplistic and unless the cover matches up? So, it's the name. It's not a big name, but it is recognizable. Lane #1 would most likely have to go in an entirely different direction, the cores may not even be diamonds. Would the general bowling population be receptive?

Not to be obnoxious, but like any company in the bowling business, Lane #1 has had a few duds. Getting the trust back could be an uphill battle.

But, just for the sake of it, the aura of Lane #1 is interesting.

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All a person needs is an old building, BASF, someone who likes to tinker with gear ratios (so to speak), and a thorough understanding of the business of bowling with a realistic mind set.

What is Lane #1 worth in the real world of bowling? The cores are extremely simplistic and unless the cover matches up? So, it's the name. It's not a big name, but it is recognizable. Lane #1 would most likely have to go in an entirely different direction, the cores may not even be diamonds. Would the general bowling population be receptive?

Not to be obnoxious, but like any company in the bowling business, Lane #1 has had a few duds. Getting the trust back could be an uphill battle.

But, just for the sake of it, the aura of Lane #1 is interesting.
I kinda felt that way when Legends/Lane Masters folded. Between the days when they actually produced some quality products and the time they finally folded, there was a couple of years at the end where almost everything they produced was junk.

That is probably "a mountain too high" for Lane #1 as it appears to be for LM.

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I'd like to thank everyone for the kind words and we'll wishes. It's been a pleasure helping everyone score better using Lane #1 products. We had a lot of fun over the years, but the fun for me in bowling has left. I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and may the Bowling God's be generous to you..!!

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Will be impossible since Ritchie is asking for A LOT of money for the company. If it was reasonable, I would be interested in getting in with some investors to buy the company.
Seeing as though you seem to know everything, how much am I asking for and what is "a lot of money"..?
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To be honest, with his ideas and strong personality, I don't see anyone partnering with him.
My ideas and strong personality are the ONLY reason Lane #1 has done as well and lasted has lasted as long as it has. Here's a piece of advice for you, don't even think about getting into this business if you don't have different idea's and a personality like mine, because you'll be eaten alive within 5-10 yrs. Lane #1 lasted almost 25 and can return anytime I want to 😎
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I am sure Visionary would of been a good fit for Lane #1. I'm sure Seismic is very happy with them, and I dont see Visionary being "that" busy. Saying that, we all heard "rumors" about Lane#1 having troubles with paying. There was even talk that they had to pay up front for San Antonio to pour their stuff.
Not sure how much you know about business, but most companies in business have trouble paying at one time or snother, with many filing for bankruptcy to restructure their debt. As far as paying for product upfront, again, most companies in today's world make customers pay up front, that's the best way to do business and keep your company profitable. Quite honestly, I'd rather pay up front 😎
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Seeing as though you seem to know everything, how much am I asking for and what is "a lot of money"..?
I certainly do not know everything, but this is a conversation you had with someone with you selling Secret Sauce.




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My ideas and strong personality are the ONLY reason Lane #1 has done as well and lasted has lasted as long as it has. Here's a piece of advice for you, don't even think about getting into this business if you don't have different idea's and a personality like mine, because you'll be eaten alive within 5-10 yrs. Lane #1 lasted almost 25 and can return anytime I want to 😎
Or you can say your strong personality and ideas are what lead to the downfall of lane #1. Who knows? Scott from Motiv is seriously one of the most humble and nicest people I ever met in the industry and his business is doing quite well.

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Not sure how much you know about business, but most companies in business have trouble paying at one time or another, with many filing for bankruptcy to restructure their debt. As far as paying for product upfront, again, most companies in today's world make customers pay up front, that's the best way to do business and keep your company profitable. Quite honestly, I'd rather pay up front 😎
I do not know a lot about business, but im sure there is reason why Brunswick no longer poured for you, and if you talk to the Sawheads, I'm sure they will say that was the golden years at Lane #1

Are you willing to sell Lane #1 or Secret Sauce? If so, do you have a number in mind, or are you just waiting for someone to say "I will give you this much"
But this should be the time you celebrate your run at making bowling balls, I'm sure you wish it turned out better, but not a lot of people got to do what you did.
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"Millions" for a bowling ball polish. That's too much.

Me thinks someone is out of touch with reality. I've used Secret Sauce, both when Beans was selling it and when it became Lane#1. It's very touchy as to how much you use and extremely unforgiving as you can quickly turn your ball into a greased marble that doesn't hook up at all.

However, you don't need much and if you don't wash it out of the towel or cloth you used to apply it, it seems to last forever.

But will it make millions? Un, no.

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I certainly do not know everything, but this is a conversation you had with someone with you selling Secret Sauce.






Or you can say your strong personality and ideas are what lead to the downfall of lane #1. Who knows? Scott from Motiv is seriously one of the most humble and nicest people I ever met in the industry and his business is doing quite well.



I do not know a lot about business, but im sure there is reason why Brunswick no longer poured for you, and if you talk to the Sawheads, I'm sure they will say that was the golden years at Lane #1

Are you willing to sell Lane #1 or Secret Sauce? If so, do you have a number in mind, or are you just waiting for someone to say "I will give you this much"
But this should be the time you celebrate your run at making bowling balls, I'm sure you wish it turned out better, but not a lot of people got to do what you did.
Meno, there's two different conversations going on there with Beans, first one talks about how I overpaid for his Secret Sauce polish, second talks about what lane #1 could make. Don't believe anything you hear about me, if it doesn't come from the horses mouth. I never let Beans go, as he was offered a Lane #1 staff contract for life with my purchase of his Secret Sauce. Beans left on his own, signing a staff contract with Brunswick, breaking our lifetime staff contract.

Yes, I'm willing to sell Lane #1 and/or the Secret Sauce product, but I'm not actively pursuing it and/or don't have a hard number in mind, nor do I necessarily want to sell 100% of either. Therefore, there isn't a hard number. I will entertain any serious offers that come my way, but I'm not going to educate someone if they don't know the business.

As far as Brunswick not pouring for me, you need to take that up with Brunswick, because they sabotaged my product and got caught. It should be more like I don't ever want Brunswick to make my product, for what they did to me. I can let bygones be bygones, but Brunswick can't get over the fact that it cost them money for what they did to my company.

I'm not here to divulge all the details, because I don't like to burn bridges, but just so you know, Brunswick is the one who caused the demise of our relationship, not the other way around.

Scott is a great guy, but he learned alot from me. All the company's learned a lot from me and my ideas and they don't like getting out done, which is probably why they don't want to make my product..? I was humble at one time, but that humblenance didn't get me anywhere, all it got me was my ideas getting stolen, leaving me out to dry. I didn't get any opportunities to work for any of the companies, or design products for them, they just used me.

That's the way big business goes, you hear these stories all the time, just look what happened to Nikola Tesla..? Believe what you want', but I've been the brains behind ball manufacturing for the last 25 yrs., and that's a fact..!!

This is a HUGE loss for bowling and they should be embarrassed about how I've been treated, for all I've done and/or given to bowling. As for me, I've left my mark on the bowling industry and can now pursue other avenues, which will be much more fun and profitable, trust me. I don't need bowling, bowling needs someone like me. Bowling is going downhill with no end in sight, kinda like being stuck in quicksand, living a slow death and I'm not going down with it anymore.

Now I'm out and happy to be out. But, I can always get back in anytime I want, because I still have all my molds and can build my own ball plant any damn time I please. That's all I have to do, if I have to and/or choose to do so..? Trust me, if I have to build my own plant, that's be the other manufacturers worst nightmare..!!

Only time will tell, but it'll be on my time and/or with the right deal, when I see fit.
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I agree, with the direction organized bowling has gone, it must be a relief to be outside the bubble.

But still, it seems some sort of number would be a starting point in terms of the possibility of acquisition. Someone has a house for sale, they put out a price then go from there. That's just normal sales process.
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