January 13th, 2011
At long last Holly’s 26″ tourer is ready to send out to Austin, TX. She wanted something for loaded touring, as well as between-tour commuting, and wanted it sturdy and retro-compatible. To that end, we used a mix of True Temper OX Platinum and Verus HT tubing; she’ll generally be running slicks but the frame is built to accommodate 26×2.1 tires; Henry James dropouts with enough of a slot to allow the bike to function as a single speed in a pinch; and the down tube shifter bosses will work with, you guessed it, down tube shifters in case her integrated shifters blow up on the road. She’ll be running full Nitto Campee racks, and also sports 3 (count ’em) sets of water bottle bosses, as well as spare spoke holders on the chainstays.
The color is a variation on Brian’s commuter, a slightly sparkly ochre, with some tasteful white and blue highlights. It’s mostly debadged, but Holly promises to talk it up, so if you see it please ask her about it and report back to us! Apologies for the sun-bleached photos!
I also painted a raft of bikes for other people. Perhaps most unusual was this vintage Raleigh Chopper for local hero Sean:
But that’s not all a – a Cuevas restoration, a Geekhouse, a lovely lemon Icarus, and an old Fat City!
Finally, Dawson sent these pics from his epic cross-country adventure. You can read more about his bike here.
Next: dropout replacements! also, more bikes!
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