Thursday, March 22, 2012


Another bike made for the Handmade Show this year.

It's built with Enve Composites top tube and seat mast,
otherwise, a nice mix of True Temper's S3 and Columbus Zona.

The lugs are hand built by yours truly to utilize the seamless aesthetic
offered by the King Inset 6 headset.
Very square, very deco.

Campagnolo Super Record and Enve Composites, what else do you need?

Here's the completed head tube lugs. Now to build the bike...

Head tube lugs in action.

This is the seat tube lug before it's cut out of the seat tube. 
At this point the seat tube has been brazed onto the bb shell
and is awaiting to have the center cut out so it can be made into separate lugs.

The Hold Steady.
Anything off
"Almost Killed Me".
Positive Jam
The Swish
Barfruit Blues
Most People are DJs
etc, etc, etc...

Monday, March 12, 2012

Always Check the Horse's Teeth


This bike may or may not look familiar to you.
It has the distinction of being the one-two punch
for the marketing division of Black Cat Bicycles.

It was built for Bike Mag's Ryan Labar, aka Squirrel, to do a review on
in the latest issue of said magazine.

It was also spotted at this years NAHBS.

My thoughts on the plan was similar to my thoughts from last year's
show: so many of the show bikes are incredible examples of
the builders' craft (dare i say, art?),
but bikes really are made for riding, first and foremost.

Anybody (and I mean anybody) can ride their
own creations and give the thumbs up.
This takes it one step further and asks someone else
to give a thumbs up or down, on a bike going to the show
as an example of what I make and ride.
Lay it all out.

The bike was displayed as it came back to me.
Not polished, not filthy, not artfully spattered with mud just so.
How a real bike looks after a few good hard rides,
without meticulous cleaning.

This bike is outfitted to shred. How I wish my bikes were set up.
Shimano XTR crank and brakeset,
Fox fork with that kashima business,
Chris King hub, headset, and cog,
Easton carbon cockpit bits,
Enve composites rims,
WTB rubber and saddle.

This bike is up for grabs!
Check out the new page over on the side bar for bikes for sale.

The music selection for this post is:
the Mountain Goats.
Hardly unknown, hardly known enough.
Nobody can write a song like John.
The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton.
This Year.
Psalms 40:2.