Saved Serotta

If this Serotta could talk, it’d probably complain about its achy joints, but that’s only because it has been ridden in countless brevets, centuries, and double-centuries as well as ridden across the country two and a half times! The endurance rider who owns this frame and fork, John, bought it new from Serotta in 1981. The reason it came into our shop was because of two significant cracks that formed over time in the head tube and the top tube. Not from an impact but just from excessive wear and tear! We replaced those two tubes and the head lug and then did a complete repaint. Check out the results.



 
 
 

This large Trek also came through the shop recently for some some paint after it had some alterations done by the talented Chris Bishop in Baltimore. It had a Silca pump and some Honjo fenders painted to match but I failed to take pictures of those. Oh well. More repairs and another stainless 953 frame are coming up next!



 

Mark’s stainless 953 road frame

Stainless tubing is not exactly a framebuilder’s best friend. Reynolds 953 is apparently one of the hardest tube sets to machine and I will vouch for that. It is a hacksaw blade killer, a hole saw’s worst enemy, and a challenge for any file. I ended up doing this one the same way as the previous one which is mitering everything by hand. I used the oversized version of the Llewellyn Slant 6 lug set in stainless so he could use the 1 1/8″ Easton EC90 fork. The entire frame is silver brazed with all stainless cable guides, bridges, bosses, etc. The frame could have been left raw but why do that when you can have cool paint? Orange with masked lugs, pinstripes, and contrasting bands. Nice choice, Mark!



 
 
 
 
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Hannah’s second Circle A!

Repeat customers are the best! They’re already happy people and getting a second bike makes them twice as happy, right? This is Hannah’s road bike and partner to her cyclocross bike. This is the most sparkly frame I’ve ever painted/made. It’s also the first time I made my own headtube reinforcement rings from stainless tubing. I think it looks pretty nice with the stainless headbadge and seat collar.



 
 
 
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In other news, this Zanconato was a collaboration between Chris and I. It came in with a seized seatpost and broken rear dropout. Chris took care of the post and dropout replacement and I took care of the paint. This is how it’ll be leaving the shop. Next up are the 953 frames…finally!



 
 

Noriyuki’s 1×10

This frameset will be making its way over to Japan very soon! Things to note about this frameset are the subtle “dark white” main color with white seat tube and head tube, polished stainless lugs/fork crown, and a custom stainless cutout of his son’s name on the top tube. What a tribute! It’s made from Columbus Spirit for lugs tubing, Richard Sachs lugs, Henry James bottom bracket shell, and Henry James front and rear stainless dropouts. Another way it’s unique is in the way it’s going to be a 10 speed in the literal sense. No front derailleur braze-on and a shifter boss on the drive-side only. Classy!



 
 
 
 
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And we had our annual open house this past weekend with summer-like weather! Lots of people showed up and checked out the shop even though we gave them next to no notice. Sorry. We’ll try to be more on the ball next year.