That's a great quote Eric. Nice to see they got a good one in there.
After taking some time to get the shop up and running I am finally back at work. The shop isn't "done", but its usable enough to help me catch up. Thanks to all of my clients for their patience during the move.
In addition to the projects on the board, I have a hankering to build a few Japanese styled classic lugged bikes, but with a Winter flair. If you are interested, hit me up and we can discuss some details.
In this particular case I mean bikes with a similar lug cut to the Nagasawas, 3Renshos and Kalavinkas of the 80's/ 90's. I think of Japanese bikes from that time as Italian inspired, but where lug cuts started to have a more regional flavor.
Cinelli lugs (here on a Dazzan)
A Winter take based on the 3Rnsho
For these bikes I am specifically interested in building some sporty frames in classic tube dimensions with a Japanese inspired "feel". I'm pretty open to the "type" of bike (road/ rando, etc) based on what folks want to use them for. I really enjoy refining these lugs into something very clean, without being overly carved or ornate.
A few months ago I was contacted by a gentleman with a very sad CSI. It had a pretty mangled top tube, and a nice seat tube dent from clamping. It was his hope to bring it back, but also to have it reworked to fit longer reach brakes, take fenders, and while we were at it, allow for a disc brake upgrade.
Getting to it:
Brake and fender provisions:
New fork, with scallops to match the stay treatment on the frame:
I was asked for a fun green- this seemed like a nice option:
Add some decals, and it's ready to roll!
The full repair set can be found here.
From the field:
I was just sent this photo and note- this stuff makes my day.
"I thought you might enjoy this photo of the guides on my present cyclo-vacation who are (now) fans of your work. You may recognize one of them!...I'm on the Cinghiale (Hampsten) tour in Tuscany... The bike has been sublime. Thank you. "
Thank you! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying it.
IMG_4101.JPGI finally got your letter - I think it had an adventure.
The check clogged the gizmo at the bank!
Do you like the Prestige HT's?
Yep- they landed. Sounds like they took a more direct trip! Considering the huge volume of in coming and outgoing post from the shop, I'm still constantly amazed. I got a shipment to my door from Taiwan in three days- including packing it and getting it through customs!
So the other day I discovered I had cut my finger by rubbing flux in it.
Not one to leave well enough alone, I spent the day rubbing brass dust into it while working on some fillets.
Why stop there? Since I was on a roll I figured I might as well burn in a rack tab:
I'm a little scared to see what tomorrow escalates with...
A little of topic...
Yesterday I met with Jaesy-Jay Anderson, Olympic Gold medalist, board builder, and overall nice guy. He was training and testing with his team up at Hood. I emailed him a bit before the trip tire kicking, and we got to talking about the boards. As luck would have it, I was heading north for some work when he had some time to kill after dropping team mates at the airport.
We met up in PDX and ended up talking for a little over 3 hours. We both build high end niche sporting equipment- it was really fun to geek out not only on the boards, but the business side of things. There are quite a few parallels with what we do- tailoring the specifics of the product to the rider and their uses, personality and tastes. Real nice guy, and very excited about what he's doing. It felt quite a bit like being on the other side of a conversation I have with my clients.
After about 2 hours we both though we were done, and I got in the truck. After another hour of chatting (I got out of the truck) with the lights on I ended up getting a WC winning jump start. What a goofball.
I picked up a very cool slalom board- check out his stuff if you are in the need for new race or freeride gear.
I've just updated a new web gallery for the . The "1918" is a modern reinterpretation of a classic Columbia Military Model as ordered by the US government during WWI.
I tried to keep it very close to the spirit of the original while updating the fit (much smaller) the brakes (two hand activated drum brakes from a single rear coaster) and the shifting (5 speed internal from the originals single speed). The internal cables and stem shifter help preserve the original profile. The front drum brake bracket is integrate into the fork to appear seamless, while the rear is a chrome strap- a detail you can see in the original catalog advert.
A fun detail are the inset pennies-one from 1914, and one from 1918. These were supplied by the client and bracket the war.
Many of my bikes are made with a nod to the past. Some, like the M1918R, are made with specific historic reference. I have recently added a subcategory on the web site where I will be adding bikes made in these Historic Patterns.
Thanks! We have a 1914 and a 1918 on there, dates up.