Category Archives: frame builders
The Vanilla Bicycles x Chris McNally Collection
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I love seeing projects like this form. Especially when it’s got Chris McNally involved. That man is so talented. Here’s the scoop from Vanilla:

“Born out of a friendship and shared love of impractical vehicles and the clean aesthetic of 60’s and 70’s road racing, this project represents the culmination of seeds planted a few years ago. When Sacha started in on a design for the new Vanilla kit, he was reminded of how garish modern team gear has become. Thinking about what the design could be, he wanted to evoke the beauty and simplicity of past designs, while keeping the forward-looking feel the Workshop believes in…”

Check out more below!

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Dec 2, 2014 1 comment
Mike Flanigan Closes ANT to Work for Seven Cycles
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Last month, Mike Flanigan made the announcement that he’ll be closing the doors to ANT and accepting a welding position at Seven Cycles. Mike is very much tied to the Boston-area and frame building, originally working for Fat City Cycles and more recently, opening a small frame-building school of his own, all while making his “Alternative Needs Transportation” bikes.

The Northeast is the US’ backbone for framebuilding and it’s sad to see Mike close ANT, but I’m glad to see he’ll still be making frames.

If you’d like to help Mike out with his relocation costs, he’s selling commemorative shirts, hats, chainrings and head badges as a meager fundraiser. Head over to the ANTBikeMike blog for more details.

Dec 1, 2014 5 comments
Jordan Low Custom Paint
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As a frame builder or a potential customer of one, finding a good, reliable painter is one of the most difficult components in the custom bike equation. Not only do they have to be talented, they’ve got to be creative and be able to execute designs in a timely manner. Some clients have no idea what they want, but can give a few graphic precedents to a builder or painter and say “run with it.”

It takes a talented painter to make that a reality. In some cases, all it takes is a photo of a sports car, or a graphic designer like Adria Klora to hand over style sheets, yet either route you, the customer, or your builder takes, it all comes down to the capabilities of the painter.

One such painter that I’ve been really admiring over the past year is Jordan Low. A full-time painter at Seven in Watertown, Massachusetts, Jordan spends his free time painting for various frame builders like Stinnner, Geekhouse, Avery County, and Tomii.

Follow Jordan’s work at the Jordan Low Custom Paint Flickr!

Nov 25, 2014 1 comment
Jordan’s Sizemore Cross Tourer
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Buying your first custom frame can be a daunting process, especially if you’re not 100% committed to a specific kind of bike, or intended function. I feel like this particular frame design, what I’m calling the cross tourer is a fairly common request for builders. It’s a cross bike with front rack braze-ons. While the front end’s trail isn’t ideal for a heavy load, the owner can put a light bag on the front and transform it to a S24 rig, or take the rack off and race cross on it just fine.

Jordan’s been drawn to the work of Taylor Sizemore for some time now, so when the time came to put a deposit down, he contacted Sizemore and put down a deposit. The end result is truly custom. Taylor takes the time to hand-paint various logos on each of his bikes, including his signature arrows on the head tube. As far as the geometry is concerned, the top tube is a bit longer than normal to eliminate toe overlap, resulting in a shorter stem, but same reach.

Fitted with Paul MiniMotos, White Industries cranks and hubs, this bike is as American as Smokey Bear… See more in the Gallery!

Nov 24, 2014 22 comments
Blue Lug: Another Custom Rew10 Works SSCX
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If there was an award each year for the best customized shop bikes, Blue Lug would win it. From Surly to Fairweather and now Rew10 Works, their shop bikes are so beautiful. Check out this blue Mondrian SSCX bike, complete with that disc front and canti rear setup… While we’re at it, check out these photos on the Blue Lug blog from what appears to be a Sim Works bike show / store opening of sorts.

Nov 21, 2014 1 comment