John’s single speed left the shop late last week and was on the road by the weekend. It was aching to get dirty on these dry, dusty Rhode Island roads. He put 75 miles on it in one day which blows my mind for a single speed (more like a two speed with the White Industries double freewheel). This sharp bike is primarily white with gray panels and blue accents for the logos and cutouts in the Richard Sachs lugs and fork crown. He went with Paul Components cantilever brakes which will give him more than adequate stopping power as he contends with some of the worst drivers in the country.
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I also built a fork and quill stem for our friend Ricardo. This was sort of a collaboration as he did the polishing of the stainless and created the stencils for the fleurs de lis. It’s was a long time in the making but it’s finally done.
We always have tons of pictures of frames, forks, racks, stems, and whatever else we make or paint here. While we’re doing all of that, we want to make sure that the bike and components come to fruition as a whole. Maybe it’s a Brooks saddle or sweet Campagnolo Super Record gruppo that is the glue that brings the whole thing together. Here are a couple of shots of some of our most recent builds in their complete form. I’ll try to get more together for future blogs so you can get ideas on what is best for your Circle A.
And finally, tandems take time. Lots and lots of time. I’m in the middle of fillet brazing my first for our friends Jay and Josie who are getting married later this month. Deadlines! Here are a couple of shots of the build in progress. I managed to modify our current tube mitering setup to easily do the complex cuts on the top and lateral tandem tubes. More updates to come soon. Back to work now.