Friday, January 23, 2009

New web site and blog!

I have a new web site and blog. This blog is being abandoned. Please visit and frequent my new blog which is at Thank you.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Baffin Blue

That's the name of the Dupont paint color. I took these photos inside because it was too cold outside to sit in the snow. The color in natural light is a classic baby blue or some might call it a French blue or is it bleau? I only took one quarter of French but I should know. Anyway, this is a repaint of the earlier Tournesol. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Candy Apple Red

That's the color. It looks really great in person. The pictures make it look a little maroonish but it's not. Probably the fluorescent lights. I like it.

Friday, November 14, 2008

531 Sportif

This frame is built with NOS Reynolds 531 tubes along with stamped and welded long point Prugnat lugs. The lugs take a lot of work to make them presentable. I reshaped and filed them to a new profile. These old lugs present many challenges but in the end they can look really great. A subtle thing is the larger radius at the crotch of joint which you can see in the picture of the lower head lug. It's just an aesthetic thing but looks matter. I think all frame builders working with lugs should build at least a couple of frames with the old welded and stamped lugs. If for no other reason but to get some filing in. I see too many frames these days being built without the benefit of the business end of a file. The frame is designed around standard reach brakes and will have a front rack. I took these photos before putting on the rack mounts on the fork blades.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wally's wine

Steve asked me to paint this frame and showed me a picture of a Baylis. The customer wanted that color. Brian Baylis is famous for mixing his own colors and is a master at it. Me, well, I'm a rookie. I stopped by my friend Chris Kvale's shop to look at his Dupont chip book. When I explained to him what I was looking for he said he had something like that. It was a custom color Chris had mixed for one of his customers. The customer's name is Wally. I've never met Wally nor have I seen wine this color but the name on the can was Wally's Wine. Chris was kind enough to let me use the color because he had a quart of it and hadn't used in years since painting Wally's bike. Lugs are Sachs Rene Singer. BB shell and crown are Pacenti The frame was built by Martin Tweedy. He did an excellent job.

Monday, October 13, 2008

One of the twins is built

Pete got his frame built up. This is one of the twin frames. I think it looks good. If my bikes were only one color that blue would be it. He says he likes it. This bike can be ridden almost anywhere. From smooth paved roads with 23mm tires to gravel roads with 30mm tires. Raced or rambling. Fenders with fat tires or supple tubbies.

Kevin's 650B frame and fork

This frame and fork are built around 650B wheels. Pacenti stainless lugs and bb shell paired with a Sachs fork crown. The photos aren't very good because I took them quickly in the bright sun. I couldn't clearly see the display so the I didn't notice the focus is a little off. The finish on the lugs is a brushed look. Same for the head badge. It has a modern sort of look. I like it. The rear drops are NOS Campagnolo 1010A horizontals. The customer wants to have the ability to go single speed or a internally geared hub or a rear derailleur. The drop out faces are nickel plated. Paul cantilever brakes will be used. I've used the paint combination before. Green and yellow remind me of John Deere tractors but these two colors don't at all. In person, these colors really pop.