Putting the big in Big Bike Little Bike

The latest frame I’ve been working on is a tall single speed for Chris up in Boston. It’s a 62.5cm frame built with Columbus Zona tubing and long point lugs. It’s going to have a unique yellow paint job and the stainless fork crown will be left raw. It’s ready for paint now and I should have pictures of the finished product later this week.


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I paint, therefore I am

Over the past month I’ve been a painting fiend. It might just be because we have to warm up the shop considerably to paint. Or maybe it’s just because everyone wants a refurbished frame for the coming spring. Spring is coming, right? Anyway, here’s what I’ve been working on as of late.

This 1989 Paramount belongs to Bob from Bikeworks over in Swansea. it came in with a dark forest metallic green and it was redone it with the green prismatique that you see here.


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Our other friend Bob brought in this vintage Falcon San Remo that already had some braze-ons and paint work done on it. I stripped it and put even more braze-ons on it to make it into a nice touring machine. The Eclipse rack was painted to match.


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Marc’s large Raleigh Super Course came in stripped and is going out looking better than new. Isn’t that our goal? The black looks so wet we’re almost afraid to touch it. Thanks to Marc for the book, The Competition Bicycle as well. We love it!


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We also do paintwork for several local frame builders. This is an Icarus from Boston that was painted a gorgeous canary yellow with white details.


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And here’s a Royal H also from Boston in a dark blue metallic.


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There seems to be a plethora of builders out of Connecticut nowadays. Dwight Bowen is one of the many talented builders over there. Here’s a monochromatic beauty I recently finished.


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And finally, this is the Biemmezeta that I refinished for the retro-direct project.


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So enough of the paint fumes for now, next up is Chris L.’s tall single speed. Pictures will be posted this week. Stay tuned!

Stolen Circle A

I know recovering stolen bikes is near impossible but it never hurts to try. Our friend Nathan had his work bike stolen recently here in Providence, RI. It is very distinct fillet brazed frame with two stainless steel sleeves on the top tube and down tube with the Circle A logo carved into them. It also had Paul Components adjustable dropouts with stainless faces and about a 1/4″ cut off the ends. It is black and says “Nathan—Since 1976” on the top tube in silver and DASH Delivery on the non-driveside chainstay. If you have any information about this bike, please contact DASH Delivery at 401-864-DASH. Thanks.

[UPDATE: Nathan’s bike was found by our friend Andy! It’s still in great condition and is back to work. Thanks for everyone who kept an eye out for it. It’s not common to get a stolen bike back so this town must be pretty special.]

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Built in Providence short documentary

Our volunteer/apprentice friend from last summer, Joseph Ng, and his friend Mathew Provost made a short documentary of me and Circle A stuff. They did a great job so check it out if you get a chance. Thanks guys!


Built In Providence from Joseph Ng on Vimeo.