Ralph’s stainless Reynolds 953 frame

The latest frame completed here at the shop is a stainless bike for Ralph. It’s a lugged single speed built with Reynolds 953…mostly. I say mostly because the head tube, fork blades, seat stay bridge, and rear dropouts are not stainless (hence the paint). The painted parts are black with a red pearl so it’s pretty fancy in the sunlight. The bike has a satin finish as opposed to the polishing I’ve done on stainless bits in the past. I’m a big fan of this finish not only because polishing stainless is a painful process but because of it’s raw feel. Ralph has chosen some pretty classic Campy parts to complement the frame. This one will be on display at the Maker’s Market in NYC from the 26th through the 28th of June. Stop by and say hi if you’re in the area and have a minute. In the meantime, check out the pics.

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I also painted a lugged Nitto stem to match.

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The open house we had two weeks ago was a great time. Lots of people came by to hang out in the “new” backyard complete with grass, eat some food, drink some drink, and mingle. This is the second one we’ve had in the spring and will probably have it every year around this time. So if you missed it, mark your calendar for next year!

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There’s always another bike coming up and this one is a lugged road bike for Dave in North Carolina. The lug carving has already begun and I should have something to show next week.

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