The word Steengat on the top tube refers to the Koppenberg climb that used to be part of the Tour of Flanders until 1987 (when someone was almost run over on the cobbles). This frameset is Brent’s second Circle A and much more specific in purpose than his first road bike. This bike is designed to be used with SRAM’s mountain bike XX group (hence the adjusting barrel on the seat stay). It will have gearing as small as a 26-28 for climbing New England’s steepest peaks. Mount Monadnock, Mount Greylock, mysterious Dudleytown, CT, and the always challenging Mount Washington toll road have or will soon be conquered by Brent. He keeps track of all the steepest hills he rides in New England (we all need a hobby!). His website documenting these rides (and this bike) is www.brentacol.com. One last adorable note is that this frameset was painted to match his son’s little push bike we painted a couple of months back.
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The final touches on the recently built tandem are complete. I built a set of racks and one of the owners, Jay, painted them (and the fenders) so we could display this beautiful machine at the Philly Bike Expo.
I also finished up some paint work prior to the bike expo for Johnny Coast out of Brooklyn (pic stolen from John Watson’s blog), Tommy Nash out of Baltimore, and Providence’s Dornbox Bikes. It was nice to meet these guys face to face (again) in Philly.