Archive for June, 2010

CHARLIE! also, forks!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

But first, a Dawson update; last you read, he was on his own (well, he and his Circle A), westward bound – and the exciting news is, he made it to Portland! Oregon, that is! I hope to get him to write down some of his experiences, watch this space!

Meanwhile, I built a cyclocross bike for our friend Charlie at Bikes Not Bombs; here it is:

It features a mix of Dedacciai Zero, True Temper OX Platinum, and Columbus Zona tubing; Richard Sachs lugs; and a full complement of rack & fender mounts:


The red has a nice subtle metallic that you can really see in this last one:



I also built a fork for Joe; he wanted a nice tight-radius bend, and mounts for Paul Racer M brakes, as well as a Nitto rack. He sent me the rack so that I could get the mounts positioned perfectly; also I had to machine down standard canti posts for the Pauls. The last shot is right after clearing, with tape still on the posts & steerer:


Next: Matt’s cross bike! More forks!


Friday, June 11th, 2010

First, for your riding pleasure, is Rachel’s 26″ touring bike. The main concern here was toe/tire clearance; on a strict touring bike that can be less of an issue, but this bike will also do duty pulling young Virginia in her trailer around western Massachusetts, so we wanted to make sure she could negotiate crosswalks and sidewalks with ease, as well as style. Also, personally I like the proportions of smaller wheels on smaller bikes.

It’s a lugged frame, Dedacciai Zerouno tubing and Mini 6 lugs that give her a 6 degree sloping top tube. The fork features a Pacenti PBP crown, and it’s built up with a 105 Triple drivetrain on Deore MTB hubs.




Matt was looking for a bike that could serve primarily as a fixed gear, but have the option of running a rear derailleur. To this end I used Paragon track dropouts with a derailleur hanger (and bottle opener!), and put a water bottle boss under the down tube that he can screw a cable stop into when he wants to be multi-speed. I also did internal cable routing for the rear brake so it will look nice and clean when he’s running it as a fixie. In a bizarre coincidence, he chose the same green as Rachel.



I also did a couple of frame repairs and modifications: a new chainstay and track dropouts on Sean’s Bianchi mountain bike, and new Paragon sliding dropouts and new down tube on Patrick’s Soma. Just goes to show, steel bikes never die, they just get fixed! And finally, Josie doing some lug lining on a Royal H – check it out in the sun!



Next: Charlie’s cross bike!

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