Ahearne‘s bikes are some of my favorite in the custom, handbuilt bicycle world. His big, plump tire touring bikes have so much character and as this video for the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders project demonstrates, are incredibly versatile.
The past few days, Nao from Tomii Cycles has been posting some beautiful photos from a traditional track build. From what I can tell from the Tomii Flickr, it’s being built with a 1″ steerer and Kalavinka track ends. The process is almost as alluring as the final product in this case. See more at the Tomii Flickr.
What do you do with that old racing frame you had for over a decade after you decide racing just isn’t for you? Or those gaudy old wheels kicking around the bike shop you’ve worked at for just as long? For Peter, one of Mellow Johnny’s longest running employees, he got crafty.
Peter has had this frame since 2003, when it was fit with an actual road group. At the time, the titanium and carbon Serotta Legend was a rocket. Stiff rear triangle, compliant front end, or so they say. Whatever the marketing behind this bike was, within its design lay a beautiful possibility.
Those bolts, holding the seat stays to the dropouts can be serviced. If they can be serviced, they can be removed so Peter took the initiative to put a Gates Carbon Belt Drive system they had at Mellow’s to the test by installing the belt through that split in the stays.
There he was, with a decade-old, balleur commuter rendered in green and gold. What else could he do to this bike to put it over the top? How about a set of gold Campagnolo wheels from 2008? Voila. Personally, I think this bike is so wacky that it works and it’s been Peter’s go-to ride for years… Run what you brung.
For 25 years straight, these were some of the noises coming from the shop at Ti Cycles.
The Low Bicycles collaboration with Cadence Collection was inevitable. Both brands have supported grassroots racing in the Bay Area consistently over the years. This project was born out of an ongoing kinship between Dustin Klein and Andrew Low, as they both developed a following in the tight-knit messenger and alley-cat racing community. Both brands share an individualistic and creative mindset with an attitude and design philosophy that is informed by their mutual background. (more…)
Eric from Imshi Cycles continues to hone his skills as a framebuilder with this hot pink and white ‘cross bike. See more details at the Imshi Cycles Flickr!
Prior to paint, even the finest custom bicycle frames can be riddled with pinholes or inconsistencies hence the saying “every good builder needs a great painter.” Every now and again, I come across a photo that is so exceptional, both in the subject matter and the photo itself that I have to share it. More often than not, it’s from Map Bicycles. Mitch’s latest piece from his Randonneur Project build queue is stunning! Follow along at the Map Flickr.
Love the Ritchey Annapurna-inspired binder detail!
Chris Bishop is the master at the classic road, always delivering jaw-dropping beauty with details galore. Randy’s is no exception to this rule. Fitted with Campagnolo’s classiest group, Athena 11 and coated in a deep blue paint, this one will roll the streets of time with style… See more at the Bishop Flickr.
The Geekhouse Woodville is the Boston-based framebuilding outfit’s touring model. Designed for long-hauls on the road or even around-town commuting, these frames are guaranteed to see their share of miles. This pair in particular was built for Bryn and Katie in Colorado, who have been more than psyched on their new bikes.
I’ve had some of my favorite moments on a bicycle on mine and still to this day find myself tweaking little details. More on that to come next week. For now, here are a few unique specimens, documented by Heather McGrath. Check out more photos below and read up at the Geekhouse website! (more…)
Steel is real and ti is uh, fly? You bet it is, especially when its wielded by Santa Barbara’s Stinner Frameworks. What is considered a lifeline companion tubing material, titanium offers a lively feel unmatched by other choices and is perfect for an “all-road” or cyclocross bike.
To commemorate this new tubing option, Aaron is offering a Ti stinner frame for $3,100 (frame and matched Enve fork) to 15 spots. There are only 5 spots left as I’m typing this, so make think about it, but do so with haste. After that, the frameset price will be $3,495 for the frame, painted or raw, with a painted to match Enve fork. Holler at Stinner for more information.