Nik F’in Perry

Nik Perry was unfortunately in an accident recently that saw the demise of his Davidson bicycle. He didn’t get too hurt though which is the important thing. Nik is one of those people you can call a “bike guy”. He has worked in shops since I first met him and has also spent his fair share of time over at Recycle-A-Bike. We were so excited when he decided to replace his broken bike with a Circle A. He chose to go with a touring bike that’s ready for dynamo wiring. The components are all coming in as I type this and it will be assembled in the coming week. The bike is clearly lugged and oversize as Nik is a tall fellow. The head lug had a 20mm extension brazed on to the top to be more compatible with modern threadless stems and not have to use an exorbitant amount of spacers. The downtube is tapered from 31.8mm to 34.9mm to add a bit of stiffness to this large bike. The tubing is a combination of Dedacciai and Columbus. The paint was inspired by the Centurion paint schemes from the 80s but with silver and white with black details. The full bike photo shoot will follow soon!


 
 
 
 
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And Mike brought his Bianchi by the other day after he and Billy Rounds did the build. It is gorgeous! Almost too clean to ride….almost. Check it out.



 
 

This Colnago master came in with more rust than you can shake a stick at. I was skeptical about the structural integrity of the frame but after sandblasting I was relieved to find that most of it was confined to the castings (lugs, bottom bracket, dropouts, and braze-ons). After much body filler in these areas, it was brought back to life. See the slideshow for the before and after shots.


 
 
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And finally we have a new small friend that has been hanging out at the shop. Meet Polly! She’s a 12 week old border collie that has been coming to work with me every other day. She’s a smart one so we’ll be sure to put her to work soon.



The long distance singlespeed

This single speed is going to Tim C. in Ohio. He already has my respect by having done the Paris-Brest-Paris this year on a single speed but to top it off he was also a guitarist in the 80’s punk band, The Dicks! It was a definitely an honor to build for him. This frameset is fillet brazed with a combination of Dedacciai Zero Uno and Zero tubesets. The dropouts are Paul Components and the fork has wire guides on the inside of the fork blade for the dynamo front light. The paint is a red with a very subtle metallic and a black with a red pearl over it. The details are in a creamy white to not be too overpowering.



 
 
 
 
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Mike’s Bianchi came to us in a pretty beat up state so to get it to this level was very satisfying. We had done work for Mike in the past with a Team Raleigh restoration. The chrome on the Bianchi’s stays and dropouts were far too pitted to save but the final product looks very clean nonetheless.



 
 

I made this fillet brazed bar/stem combo for a Stephen who I built a bike for last year. This was my first time doing something like this. The handlebar is a Nitto chromoly straight one brazed directly onto a stem that I made for him.



And finally, I finished up the paint on a Royal H Cycles frameset a couple weeks back and have these pictures to share.


 
 

Nik’s bike is up next!