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    My favourite lug design, so elegant
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    Spots

    As with everything there are the spots. Not all are high ones. Most are good ones. But when the fall happens I dunno what leaves first, trust or faith. I got myself a situation or three that Iím sure (based on life so far) wonít even be memorable a month from now. These deals the alliances the things you wanna make happen so that they appear to happen so organically yaí just wanna sit there and grin when they do, but certainly take no credit for your part in them. But then a thing goes missing. Or a pal. Itís such a balls in the air situation some days that itís weird more donít hit the ground. Iím used to the juggling the keeping up appearances crap. But every so often there are these spots and all I can do all I can muster and hope for is to look up high and know that itís where I belong not here. My mom empowered me with a phrase a thought process a belief system from her days as a mentor of school principals. Itís see it done. Three words no waiting. I need to see it done and find the spot thatís not this one.

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    Behind The Curtain

    A rare peek into the fork department. Forks are overlooked now and have been for a spell. Iím used to this. I accept it. People willingly give others the work they themselves once did. Where does my front wheel go? Dunno. How will the front wheel be held in my frame? Dunno. Will the offset and span be close enough? Weíll have to see. Oh right maybe Iíll design my design around the aftermarket part designed by committee. Dunno. When you lose resources and or stop carrying out tasks and enough time passes one can get used to anything and rationalize the changes by summoning up that nothing stands still. Iím not there but Iím almost there but not yet not today. Whatís your forkís SKU?



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    Moving Metal

    There’s a moment in every 3-4 day build when the fab part is put on hold and the decoration party begins. Filing lugs is part of the maker’s job. It probably goes back to an era when I was still a schoolboy and the parts were God awful crude pieces of shit that existed as little fixtures that held the tubes in place so a bicycle could be made. They were ugly or utilitarian at best and it got into he public psyche that adding flourishes or at the very least removing some of the manufacturing marks was a way to add value. I spend an hour on each joint for the very same reasons and do it automatically. Intuitively. By feel. While listening to pre-1970s Dylan on YouTube. I have this feed that begins with With God On Our Side performed at Town Hall in 1963 and it just goes on from there. Precious. At least 50 cuts and I never tire of them.

    Back to said moment. All of it revolves around elegance. You want the lug(s) thinned a bit. Eliminate high and low spots. Make sure the flow is complete from top to bottom from side to side from front to back and that the same intention spreads to each lug so the job is the sum rather than the parts. At day’s end, this is about taking off some 3/10s of a millimeter wall thickness and doing it with class. You wanna turn heads, your own especially.

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    Finish Work

    So I’m at a place where I’m gonna admit that not finishing things is really the best part of the job. The end is a place I don’t care much about even though I get there every 3-4 days. I wanna stay in that space where almost done is as close as I get before somehow some way something distracts me and so fucking what. To stay suspended in those last moments feeling I have a chance but knowing something will get in the way if I stay a minute longer. I wanna leave things unfinished and then go on to start again.

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    Redemption Song

    I’ve had few line in the sand moments in my life (so far), those that others call a-ha times. Counting maybe eight or so. One was while 24,000 feet in the air gazing at an in flight magazine. Maybe early 1990s. Maybe late 1980s. I don’t remember. But it was me in typical RS questionable low self-esteem fashion, always in a state of questioning my lot in life, contrasting what I thought I should know by now (then) and what I assumed others thought I knew (by then) with what I knew I really knew (then). I expected to be a lot further along despite that so much came so easily and the market accepted what I did and placed it in a decent, comfortable layer that I wondered if I deserved. I’m reading this ‘zine, remember the ‘zine? I’m a bad reader in the best situation and a really bad reader if my hand is on the bible. I’m a scanner. I find words. Sentences find me. If I’m lucky I mean really lucky a page, or maybe an entire article will find me. The story was about an artist and, whenever I remember this flight the artist becomes Louise Bourgeois, the sculptor. Buried in her story was a quote that went something like this: “I continue with my work to redeem myself for all my past mistakes.” The further I get from that airplane ride, the less accurately I recall the story or even if Ms. Bourgeois was the person being highlighted. I think these were the words and they were hers.

    That quote, that sentiment, it became a hook I’ve hung my hat on for decades now. The moment came when I needed it most, as the ones that matter that really matter seem to do.

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    Just This

    I want the essence and nothing more. Having more means having to take some away. To remove it so there’s less. Not really less. But just the right amount. The exact amount. Exact maybe can’t be measured. But it can be seen. Those who know, know. Even if there are just two of us. If only two of us know, that’s more than enough.

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    There Is

    So the worst part of working in a bubble is the best part. So the demons that come with standing alone at a bench are the gift. So being the last word on whatever happens is also that no one else is heard. There’s the entropy and the beauty. There’s the imprecision and the delicate balancing act. The smoke and also the mirror. There’s the trying. There’s also the failure. There’s also the trying.

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    But Who’s Counting

    10,000 files strokes are just a down payment.
    After that, you still have to make the thing.
    There was a time when every part, even the smallest, demanded attention.
    Then the future happened.
    I’m glad I was born in the past.

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    Facts Of Life

    Where do lugs come from? They’re not conceived in the classic sense. There’s no coming together of older parts to make newer ones. Lugs come from initiative. If it isn’t taken, lugs don’t exist. How do I know? I’ve lived on both sides. I came up when lugs were ubiquitous, when their place on each bicycle frame was never questioned. I also saw the turn away from traditional methods, and watched as conventions broke down and lugs were sidelined while the future began. When that happened, I took the initiative. Ya’ know that Who album with Keith sitting in the chair, the one stenciled with the words, “Not to be taken away“?

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    7.31.17

    Say goodnight Gracie. Tomorrow I disassemble this one and send it to JB for what’s gonna be its seventh paint job since 2009. I’ve only owned two bicycles since then, twins. They’re cx units and I ride them year round. All the RSCX Team bicycles have been at the paint shop since late May, my other one among these. When it arrives home next week I’ll shuffle Number Two to SoCal and let Joe and Johnny do their thing. It’s been red at least twice. Saffron. Yellow. And green. I’m going from memory. There may be another color I’m spacing on.

    I made a road frame (and fork) for myself that’s also at the paint shop. It’s the first road bicycle I’ll have in a long time. And I plan to keep it. I may even ride it after the show season ends. But for now I’m cyclocross 24/7. That’s all I got. It’s all I want.

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    ^That's^ a fave pic there for sure.
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    Beached

    Last winter I found this shell on a beach in Lyme. And the shell found me. I can’t get a great image of it, but there ya’ go. It’s as if it doesn’t want the life sucked out of it so that I can tell this story. But I see this one everyday. TLD placed the shell on a stone by the back porch with some of her finds. When this shell and I met, for me it was as if life began. Again.

    I wrestle with getting things right. The obligations. The responsibility. The obsession with editing out clutter so all that’s left is the elegance. It consumes me. More than it should. But I look at the shell every day, many times at that. I want what it has. And the harder I try, the further away it gets.

    I’ve stared at this thing for hours. Days. It sits with such comfort. And doesn’t take a measure of things. It just is.



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    I think it was 1972 late summer when I walked through the door to this place. Ernie, the father in the YouTube, was probably younger then than I am now. And I lived with Barry (now Barrie) out in Kent and cycled into SE London to work daily. Some 10 months later, I came back to the states, ready to start college in Plainfield, Vermont. And then I didn't.




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    Loadout 1.0 today atmo -




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    That's Rich.




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    They came and they went. This is what recovery looks like. The plans for RSCX 2017 were laid down. We juggled some dates. Ate the sandwiches. Drank the San Pellegrino. Picked through the rugelach. Posed for pictures. Kicked the tires. Posed for pictures. Inflated the tires. Marveled at some of the new things that you won't see here (yet). Spoke and spoke and re-spoke again about how fortunate we are to be on the receiving end of so much love and goodwill. Ogled again over some of the new things that you won't see here (yet). Shot pictures of some of these new things that you won't see here (yet). And that was all on Friday. And we did it all over again on Saturday. This is what recovery looks like. Now we wait. Rochester looms. That's where we tee off in another week.

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    At The Bench Again

    Back in the game. A 58cm c-t for a long-waiting client who’s getting his second RS. Tubes are cut, material interferences are check and rechecked, and rechecked again. And holes are drilled and pins inserted. Tomorrow I disassemble this and add all the braze-ons to the main tubes and the RS logo badge to the front. Then I reassemble it all, fluxed ‘n shit, set the regulators, clean the tips, put my dark glasses on and make love until my strength is gone, and when the morning light comes streaming in I’ll get up and start brazing again. Amen. For about two hours in Deep River it’ll be like Apocalypse Now. Hmm. I may even put The End on my YouTube stream.




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    Tomorrow’s Thought

    It takes a life’s work to find the right tools, make them your own, and learn how to stand at the bench. Fine bicycle making isn’t the result of what you bring to the table as much as it is what you leave on it. Routine. Repetition. Relentlessness.

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    Build Sheets

    I’ve never drawn a frame. Or plotted points and intersections on paper to see where things go, or might end up. No CAD here. No formulas. My work, all of it going back to before I started my brand in 1975, has been done by feel. That’s not to say I haven’t a clue. Only to suggest that the answers are in me. As long as the right questions are asked, I can do this. I know what goes where from doing the work. And doing more of it. Mostly though, it’s from being around the sport. Or as I’m fond of saying, being of the sport. It’s where myths, and bullshit, come to die. If bicycle making is music, my corner is jazz. It’s improvisation. It’s about producing a sound that isn’t scored, it just comes.

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