Apr 152010

The build of the bike was very much inspired by British “club racers” and “all-rounders” of the 50′s and 60′s. Being my first frame, I liked the idea that a single bike could be built to be ridden with a number of intentions. British racers used to ride geared/fendered bikes to the track, often carrying a spare set of track wheels on fork mounted “sprint carriers” and then convert it to a “path racer”…only to re-install the fenders, brakes and other bits before heading home.

Knowing that I will never part with this first frame, I wanted a versatile build that I could set up in a number of ways for the rest of my life. The clamp-ons and 120mm rear spacing mean I can set it up as a fixed-gear, 5 or 10 speed with relative ease. Truth be told, I just wanted an excuse to gather all of the cool old Campy bits. While it does have fender clearance, it’s more of a vintage racing bike (traditional racing geometry of 73 degrees parallel) than a vintage rando bike.

Matthew Bowne
Brooklyn, New York

 Posted by at 4:50 pm
Apr 152010

Alex Meade from your November frame class. Now a complete bike. Thanks again for all of your help with the mixte frame.

 Posted by at 4:40 pm
Apr 152010

My first cross bike. I wanted it to combine the supple ride of my touring bike with the nimbleness of my racing bike and the stoutness of my fixed gear, with an all-around navigability akin to my mountain bike. It’s fantastic.

I was in the TIG class in July 2008 taught by Paul Sadoff.

 Posted by at 4:31 pm
Apr 132010

Well, I took my sweet a$$ time, but I finally finished my Ti road bike I went away to school to build (just in time for the snow to fly here in Calgary….). I have attached a few pictures of the final product along with some shots taken during the bikes’ fabrication. I basically copied my existing road bike’s geometry so I knew I would end up with a bike I’d enjoy riding. Although I probably won’t get a good ride in until the spring, the test rides taken while setting up the components proved to be pretty nice. The effort to build & finish this bike was not a solo effort by any stretch of the imagination. I’ve listed below the people who were nice enough (not to mention patient enough…..) to hold my hand & help me along with what ended up as one of the more rewarding experiences I’ve had to date.

Jim Kish – Ti Frame Course Instructor & Independent Frame Builder
Gary & the rest of the crew at United Bicycle Institute
Rob Meesig @ Seven Cyles – kind enough to share some tips on bicycle finishing from the pros
Mandy Stobo – the amazing artistic influence behind the graphics & artwork on my bike
Liz & Spectrum Powder Works – for bringing the artwork to life on my bike – phenomenal job!
John O’Loughlin – bicycle guru & mechanical genius. Without John’s help, I would still be in my basement crying with an unassembled bike.
Natasha – for not killing me over the last few weeks while my sanity was close to leaving as I finished this bike.

 Posted by at 4:47 pm
Apr 132010

Here are two shots of my built up “AcaVengo” Cyclocross bike that I built at the TIG Welding class in July/August, 2008. I raced on it this past Sunday for the first time and while I did not place well, I blame the engine, not the bike.

 Posted by at 4:35 pm
Apr 132010

After waiting for paint and parts, and a brief month of recuperation after a nasty rear tire blow out on my road bike (lots of brand new skin and a hefty copay on an ambulance ride), my 29er is finally together. Paint is by Spectrum Powderworks. The class was incredible and I’ll definitely be back.

 Posted by at 4:24 pm
Apr 132010

It has been a pretty slow process, but I am finally finished. The painting was done by Richard Schwinn, a scion of the family, who makes Waterford bicycles in the old Schwinn Paramount factory (I’m told) near Milwaukee. It cost about $500 and took about 6 weeks. I had spent about 8 or 10 hours filing and sanding and Ron was definitely right in that it is easier to fix a bump than a hole. But Gary’s words also proved useful — it is, after all, just a bicycle. But, what a sweet ride.

 Posted by at 4:04 pm
Apr 132010

Well, it only took me 14-1/2 months to get it done, but with a little help from: the fine folks at UBI, Mr. Jim Kish, the Feds (i.e. my economic stimulus check), Dave & Jeremy @ TiCycles (check that satin finish!), and Sean @ Vertigo Cycles (thanks for the BB re-prep), she’s ready to roll.

The stats: 29er singlespeed mtn bike, Paragon sliding drops, RS Reba 80mm front fork, Chris King headset, WTB SS hubs laced to Salsa Race Disc rims with Wheelsmith stainless butted spokes. Gearing is 32-22 (Surly cogs front & back). Frame weight = 3.7 lbs, bike weight = 24.9 lbs. Super fun to ride – light, flickable, stiff, rolls fast. My first SS & first 29er.

 Posted by at 3:42 pm