The seat mast situation

This is the second cross bike I’ve built for Adam St. Germain but it’s the fourth Circle A I’ve built for him. He also has one of the few Circle A BMX frames and a pretty fancy road bike. For this one, I wanted to make it as light as possible. I ended up going with Dedacciai’s Zero tube set. Because this is a cross bike and it’s going to be put through the motions, I put a small gusset at the down tube head tube junction. I suggested a seat mast with some unique internal cable routing and Adam let me have my way. So here’s the final product but I unfortunately neglected to think about one thing…



 
 
 
 
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A week or two after he got the bike, at the NBX Grand Prix of Cyclocross right here in Rhode Island on December 4th, the seat mast bent. I was devastated. I totally felt like I let Adam down by building a bike with such a thin seat tube and doing the internal routing at the rear. He sent me a txt with the image and my heart sunk. I had to fix it. NOW.


 

So Adam dropped the bike off at the shop on the Monday after and I had it back to him at the week’s end for the Ice Weasels race in Wrentham, MA on the 10th. The repair consisted of me carefully straightening the mast and reshaping it with tubing blocks. To strengthen that joint, I bonded a section of slotted aluminum post into the seat tube. It essentially has a seatpost in there now, which I will recommend to all future customers who inquire about a seat mast. I repainted the affected area and it was ready to ride again. Just last week, he raced it at the Nationals in Madison and got 32nd. Attaboy! We’re very proud of him here at Circle A. Here are a couple shots of the bike after the repair.



 

My longtime friend Lee FINALLY got his bike together. Definitely a fun commuter/light touring ride. Hope you’re having fun, Lee!



 

And it was a long time ago (I think back in October) but we had our 10th year anniversary. A lot of friends and local builders came by to help us celebrate. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and will continue to build for the unforeseeable future. Here are some shots of that beautiful day.


 
 

Next up is a travel bike with a couple of firsts for Circle A…

A Circle A in Scotland

We’re definitely getting more international orders here at Circle A. This fillet brazed cyclocross frameset is going to Chris in the Scottish Highlands (which looks like one of the best places to ride a bike on the planet). Some of the finer details include the spade cutout on the top of the seat tube, the modified Mitsugi fork crown, and the painted bands all over. Sometimes the simplest looking paint jobs are the most work.



 
 
 
 
 
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Peter K. sent us this 1968 Harry Quinn “Road Champion” for repaint a bit ago. He specified the purple color with a light pearl coat on top. Our master lug liner, Josie, did the gold lining freehand with a brush. Peter did an outstanding job with the build. You can read more about it here.



 
 

I also had the pleasure of painting one of Bryan’s frames at Royal H Cycles. This one is an S&S coupled touring frame in an appropriate royal blue.



 
 

And Providence’s very own Paul Marandola finished his 3rd frameset a while ago for our friend Peter. If you get a chance, get over to Legend Bicycle and ask to see this one in person. It’s very classy. And yes, that is a ravioli painted on the head tube.



 
 

Next up, the seat mast dilemma. Is there really a dilemma? Wait and see.