Stainless steel frames, complex front racks, and the big day.

I’ve finally finished the second Reynolds 953 frame this year for our friend Nathan. I don’t anticipate doing a lot of these frames based on the availability of the tubing but it’s a nice change of pace once in a while. The advantages of using stainless is not super light weight if it’s going to be lugged (which is how I do it) but rather the option of leaving the frame raw. Nathan chose to leave a significant portion of the frame exposed. I have to say that I never thought I would have ever painted flames but I’m very happy with how this came out. It’s all oversize thin wall tubing which is conducive to distortion when brazing. This is mostly crucial when brazing the seat cluster together so little to no seat tube reaming will have to happen. All went well and Nathan should have the rest of his Edge components this week to complete the build. I’ll make sure I get some complete bike shots when all is said and done.

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Speaking of completed stainless bikes, Mark stopped by the shop the other week to show us the amazing components he used to complement his orange 953 frame. What a head turner!

One of the other projects I was working on recently was a rack designed by our friend Benno who Chris built a bike for earlier this year. This rack is designed to go with the fork that Chris created. It’s made for light touring with a handlebar bag and small Ortlieb front panniers. It’s a unique design and after I was done complaining about all the complex angles, was really stoked on it. I plan on building a light touring/commuter bike for myself later this year and am now contemplating this rack design (with Benno’s permission). The stability of the fender is amazing! There are three contact points not including the struts. This one has yet to be plated because he’s doing some field testing with it first.


And finally, I will be married by the end of this week! Rings and cupcake stands are being brazed up and all the loose ends are coming together. I’d like to thank all my customers who have been patient and understanding during this busy time. Come July, I’ll be working at full steam once again. In the meantime, here’s a shot of me and Chris playing around at my bachelor party ride. Good times and great adventures to come!