Chocolate cake, beer, and bikes. Does it get any better?

I recently passed off Jay’s cyclocross fork and front triangle to him so can do his own polishing. He’s an accomplished auto body master so I know it’s in good hands. The lugs he chose are Richard Sachs’s Newvex in stainless (hence the polishing). He has the stainless fork crown to match. This bike is going to a jewel in the mud.

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Arthi’s frame is pretty much at the same stage right now. Just a front triangle but with so much potential. I should be doing the rear triangle in the coming days. Right now, here are some pictures of some lug carving on the seat lug. Fun stuff.

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Brian K. came by with cake and beer to build up his flatland bike. The cake was insane. More chocolate than one should ever ingest. We tried anyway and made a good dent in it. Oh yeah, and the bike looks amazing! He upholstered his Primo seat to match. Here are some pics of the event.

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And finally, Dan Langlois is already racing his new frame. I sent it out on Wednesday and he’s totally ripping it up. He got fifth at the Charm City Cross race in Baltimore on Sunday. There was a write up in that made me laugh: “Dan Langlois of Circle A Cyclocross, was such an unknown that the race announcers resorted to asking anyone who knew anything about him to come forward.” Hilarious. Keep up the great riding, Dan.

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Fillet brazed bottom brackets are sexy. There, I said it.

It’s been a while since I’ve written so here’s the lowdown on what I’ve been up to at the shop. I’ll omit the graphic details of badly burning my arm and being covered with paint stripper. What’s left is a bunch of shiny frames ready to be built up and beat on. Brian K.’s flatland frame is done and I’m digging his paint scheme. He went with an orange plaid with red bands. Very unique. The dropouts on the front and rear were milled out to 14mm and the bars and fork were painted to match. The fork is KGB’s new space fork with low profile brakes. Check out a little demo if you have a minute.

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The latest fillet brazed cross frame with seat mast is for Dan Langlois. Dan moved to Philly but is still a Circle A supporter so we’ll always support him. This bike is painted to match the Embrocation team bikes. Thanks to Chris Igleheart for helping me identify the paint. The Embrocation logo is on the back of the seat tube. Check out the fancy Circle A gusset at the down tube/head tube junction. Can wait to see this one built up.

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I built a road bike bike for our friend and honey bee advisor, Ron, earlier this year. This is his old Peugeot that I stripped and painted. It’s a great frame with Simplex dropouts and Vitus tubing. All the rust is gone and the chrome was buffed new. Here’s the final product.

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Jay’s lugged beauty is coming up next but right now it’s just a box of lugs and tubes. Arthi’s lugged single speed is also happening as soon as the lugs arrive. Mike’s fillet brazed single speed will be up after that. September will be busy so check back soon.