Last week, we looked at my tutorial on polishing vintage bicycle components. But how do I find my components in the first place? Over the years, I’ve developed a bit of a knack for finding period-correct pieces for my builds, using various sources. Today, I’ll be using my 1991 Yo Eddy as an example to walk y’all through my process for finding the appropriate parts. Let’s check it out below…
Just south of Asheville, NC, in the town of Fletcher, is the Cane Creek Cycling Components headquarters. Backed up to the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s here that they assemble all of their suspension forks, shocks, and brakes by hand and continue to carry the torch of design innovation lit by their predecessor, Dia-Compe USA. Photographer Steve West is back from a factory tour and shares about the Cane Creek process below.
Launched by a Kickstarter campaign in 2014, BBInfinite makes several solutions for the often problematic world of press-fit bottom brackets. Their signature one-piece design makes up for not-so-perfect frame manufacturing. Travis Engel has been running one for two years, so he figured now would be a good time to give us a verdict, and dig a little deeper into why we even need a product like BBInfinite in the first place.
House of Stoke is a new component company, started by Adam Eldridge of Stanridge Speed. While the components are made overseas, they’re based on popular shapes, like a mid-reach, shallow drop track crit or road bar at a drastically discounted pricepoint. The first product out is the Chas Christiansen signature bar, featuring illustrations and words to keep the stoke alive. Carbon fiber, with a 140mm drop and a 84mm reach. Priced competitively at $207. Check out more at House of Stoke.
I love Tune‘s products. I use their skewers on my bikes, would kill for a set of their cranks and I’m stoked that they manufacture everything in the Black Forest, Germany. For their new catalog, the component manufacturers got a little creative. Check out the full catalog here!
From now until February 2014, Paul Components are offering up a different colored anodizing batch of all your favorite components each month, beginning with orange in August. They’ll also do custom anodizing for you at a flat rate of $75 per color. So if you can’t wait for green, or purple, you can place an order to get it sooner. Head over to Paul Components for more information!
Break out the Sodium Chloride, Ammonium Hydroxide and Ammonium Chloride. All-City‘s got some new copper parts that are begging for a nice purple-hued patina. Head to your LBS because these are limited.