steel n carbone

this is the single speed cross bike i built for matt hall that he will be using as his “b” bike this season. simple and clean. carbone fork with no extra bits other than the light weight tubing and carbon fork. i seem to keep stumbling upon cross tubies that people keep giving me. does that mean i am in the right place at the right time? soon they will be glued up to chris king hubs and velocity rims.

now that the bikes are set up and i have been running a little, i can finish up elliott’s portuer/ city bike and get started on a couple racks and e. strong’s bike which i have been calling cupcake II. i sat down tonight and drew up some sketches for some “show bikes” for the southern oregon show on sep. 13th, the oregon manifest show in october and the north american handmade show in feb 2009. nothing fancy but a couple bike concepts that really motivate me to try something different. it is nice to have shows and motivators to keep you looking forward and trying new ideas and concepts but in the end i want to build bicycles that people can approach and ride for a purpose and for leisure. if a bike i built sits atop the mantle more than it is ridden, i won’t be building for the right reasons. ride your bike!


One Response to “steel n carbone”

  1. philvarner Says:

    Cupcake is one of my favorites. What’ I’d like to see is Cupcake in three states– brazed but not cleaned up, cleaned up but unpainted, and painted. In the BQ article on NAHBS, Jan made a statement about how there were many bikes that were pretty, but had serious flaws, like poor cleanup, misalignment, or overheated tubes, that expensive paint just covered up. The painter’s craft replaces the framebuilder’s craft as what people see. All of the miters and fillets that really show the skill and work that went into the frame get wiped away by a few microns of thermoset. A frame, fork, stem-bars-brakes (a la Cupcake), and front and rear racks, in three states of build, shows exactly why you’re a good builder, and why your frames cost what they do, and are worth it. I think there’s a real advantage to being able to show this to potential customers, particularly for the sort of bikes you build, which are well-designed and elegant, but (fortunately) don’t have the bling factor that tends to get the most attention.

    Have you seen Alistair Spence’s Centre Pompidou (

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