Less driving, more riding.

So life is crazy. And I’ll share some of it with you in two fun little slide shows. On Saturday, three of us drove to the town of York, PA where we rode our flatland bikes in a parking lot for 5 hours (after driving for over 14 there and back). It was an amazingly fun time and I have the sunburn to prove it…and the pictures.

Then, as soon as I arrived in Providence on Sunday afternoon, I headed downtown to the Cox Classic to watch some friends try and kill themselves with speed. They came close. Here are the shots of that.

And the shop is coming along nicely. I’ll have more shots of our progress very soon.

Movin’ on up

We’re finally done moving out of the old space in Carpenter Mills. The new space is looking very promising aside from the fact that you can barely walk around in there.

Emily, Chris, and me The new space in all its glory.

One of the last two bikes to be built in the shop of yesterweek was for Andrea. Here are a couple shots of the post paint action. Kitty approved.

Henry James dropout Noro Lim

Head tube Black tips.

The fork Stays

The seat tube Dropout close-up #2

We have the best friends in the world

Saying thank you is not enough for all the help our friends provided during the big move on Sunday. We owe them big time. Here are some pictures from the event. The new space is still under construction so it will be a little bit before we start building again. I’ll post updates and such as they happen though.

Build, paint, and mosey

Here’s an update on Andrea’s cross/touring frame. All is well here even though I’m working mainly with one hand after a mighty (dumb) crash on the flatland bike. I need to get it painted before the big move which is happening as we speak. This weekend large machines will mosey across town to our new space at 523 Charles Street. Check it out. Come on by or give a call if you want to mosey with us.

Okay, back to the bike. I need to do a little bit of cleanup work and then it’s priming time. Here are some pictures of the progress until the final product is revealed in our next installment.

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Rear dropout with eyelets brazed on.The whole frame.

Andrea’s cross/touring frame and fork

Current bike coming out of the jig is for Andrea from Canada. Chris is doing the welding while I do everything else. The bridges, fork, and all the braze-ons should be happening by Saturday. More pictures to follow.

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Completed Casati

After a couple of weeks of sloth-like working, I’m back for more. The Casati and other various bike repairs are complete and I can finally move on. Here are a couple of shots of the finished down tube replacement. It will not be repainted by us so it goes back to the owner looking pretty raw, but sweet nonetheless.

Bottom bracket close-up The head lug
The inside The final product

Bike + Car Door =

This repair came into the shop and made me realize that getting doored must be pretty painful. The downtube on this Casati is in the process of being replaced (duh). It’s a damn shame too, that pink was so beautiful. It hurt cutting it out. Note the gap in the head tube miter. Hopefully I’ll get it tighter than what it came in with. Yikes. I’ll post some more pics when the grinding is done and the new tube is in.

Casati Downtube Headtube cut BB Cut

Flat is back.

It’s looking like I’ll be building a bunch of flatland frames in the coming months. After Jared and Jon got theirs, a little bit of interest has been generated. So expect pictures of tiny frames in the coming weeks. But for now, there’s the buzz on Global-Flat.

Mike’s single speed

The frame I’ve been working on for the past month for my friend Mike is finally built up and rolling. It’s built with Zona tubes, our new tiny track drops, and a sleek Everest sloping fork crown. Check out the full slideshow here or just check out these choice pics. The black is so hot, the clear is still liquid! Not really.

BB close up Tiny dropouts
Seat cluster Fork crown
Seat tube Front view

Like the animal, not the town

Finished the paint on the Lyon last week but am finally getting around to uploading some shots of it. Pretty happy with the way it came out. Ended up not using the downtube decals sent from Lyonsport but scanned them and made some that seemed more like the ones it came in with. More pics can be seen here.

Lyon side view Lyon seat panel