Starting this thread to showcase the work of fellow V Salonista, Joel Greenblatt of Clockwork Bikes. Clockwork is currently located in Wauwatosa, WI, a close in suburb of Milwaukee. Joel regularly show cases his work on FNL and posts frequently in the V Salon frame builders forum.
Work and family demands (octogenarian father, scads of nephews and nieces who seem always to be graduating from something or another, getting married, or buying new homes) make it difficult for me to get away on the weeks to months long tours I would love to be taking. Enter the resurrected Midwest Amtrak lines which make it easy to take the bike to some relatively interesting destination a few hundred miles from home then ride it back on a long weekend or thereabouts tour.
Rolling on or Amtrak boxing is not good for painted bikes. So I figured why not go with a raw stainless fillet brazed. The frame will accommodate 700x32 wheel and tires with fenders, Tubus duo rack up front and medium size rack and panniers in back.
The wonderful custom stem is by another V Salonista, Eric Estlund of Winter Cycles. Eric kindly assisted with chroming the fork so its brushed satin appearance matches the stem. Thanks Eric!
Joel is a good communicator. Down payment to bike was a very reasonable four months. Price is very reasonable. Highly recommended.
More pictures and complete detail to come when build is complete in a week or two. Meanwhile, please do take some time to review Joel's flickr:
Mathew's KVA Light Tourer - a set on Flickr