Adam’s cross racer, the history lesson, and more

This chocolate brown with gold and cream accents, fleur-de-lis lugged cyclocross frame is already in the hands of Adam St. Germain who won’t get to race it until next season! So sad but definitely something to look forward to. There aren’t a ton of oversized lug options out there right now but there must be something in the air as I’ve already used two for the past two frames (see my last post). Check out this fanciness.

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Back in the late 70s and early 80s, Jay Downing built frames out of his garage here in Providence. Word on the street is that he made about 50 frames. I have seen only two and this was one of them. Chee-Heng had this built in December of 1980 and painted it himself as Jay gave it to him raw. It looked to have a combination of Super Vitus and Reynolds tubing and was surprisingly light! It was definitely in need of a new paint job. Chee redesigned the logos and I painted them on. The finished product is a totally classy custom frame from an obscure Providence framebuilder!


Also in the shop was a modification and repaint to an Independent Fabrication. He wanted the bike to accept 650B mountain wheels and cantilever brakes so I moved the posts and modified the cantilever brake bridge. He gave me the specs on the color and the minimal graphics and then I went to town.


I also built a couple of stems recently, a quill one for the IF repaint and a threadless oversize one for a Rygin.


Next on the agenda is Mike’s “Handsome Gentleman’s Bike”!

2 thoughts on “Adam’s cross racer, the history lesson, and more”

  1. Brian, those lugs on Adam’s third frame are very nice! The matching seatstay caps are a very nice detail, as are the BB cable guides! Great work again!

  2. Thanks again Brian for a job very well done! Took the IF 650B out this past weekend and it got many, many compliments on the paint and stem. Kudos!

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