This bike was built for the Interbike trade show. It hung out at the Easton/Bell Sports booth and was decked out in Easton, Fox, and WTB's finest. On Thursday it was raffled off and given to Tim, who hails from northern Montana.
Mike's frame has been finished as the Santa Cruz Mountains continue to burn. I didn't really think of the irony as I took the photos of the frame on a pallet pire, wiping ash from the paint between shots.
Hopefully which ever of the gods is in charge of fire will soon be appeased. This one is off to Michigan to breathe easily.
Dear Blog, Today i finished Danny's bike, it's grey with matt black panels and shiny black letters, and very swoopy seat stays, and a pointy seat tube, and room for 42's, and custom dropouts, and a radiused bridge, and a pointy gusset, and true temper tubing, and pointy water bottle boss reinforcements, and then i burned my lunch. Oh Blog, you're my best friend.No one understands me like you do. Or, at least you don't tell me to shut up when i talk at length about myself.
I think the people that really make out on the handmade bike show shinanigans are the significant others of the builders. This is Jen's bike. She earned her frame by going on a two month vacation while it was being built. This is what happens when you enclose yourself in a poorly ventilated room for eight hours with a bike frame needing a paint job and a couple of paint pens. Those brain cells were just slowing me down. Yes, that top tube is radiused. Yes, that top tube is butted. Yes, everybody else uses straight gauge cromoly. No, I'm not going to tell you how I did it.
Fillet brazed frame, Campy Record parts kit, handbuilt wheels, 16 pounds and change. 'Nuff said. There's a story that goes along with this lug. It involves cutting out the 1 1/4" seat tube socket, collaring an 1 1/8" seat tube to look like the others, then filleting it in while sweat brazing the rest of the lug. There's a story alright, but I'm not telling it.