Folk Bicycles

handcrafted bicycles that fulfill a need of function and grace

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Completed bike

Hey, so here is the completed bike. I've been riding it for a couple of days, but finely dialed in everything last night. It rides like a dream, if I do say so myself. I intended it to be a cross bike, and there are a few races yet this season, but it is quite stable and very comfy (note long chain- stays and slackish angles). The interesting thing is that it feels fast. I took the wheels and drive off my Surly, so the gearing is no different, but rather than toodling in second gear as I usually do, I'm in third nearly all the time. Maybe I'm just having too much fun.

Before going on, I thought I'd give you an update on Gas Gas. Leah (my girlfriend) and I got
him back from Leah's sister a month ago and he has been doing quite well. We've had him on a harness and been letting him be outside on a leash on the nicer days. He loves it and complains a lot when he is brought back in. When I've tried to let him be without a leash, he is in the neighbors yard withing five minutes, so it's the leash for now. Perhaps in the spring I'll try to go without.

Okay, here is my first logo. It's a stencil done by Leah. I'm sure some of you will recognize her
style. I like it a lot, but the paper I used peeled up a bit when I painted it, so it's a little messy. I think the propelant cooled it down so it started to freeze and become inflexible. You can also see the cable hanger I made for the fork. A little stainless tubing and a cable stop. It's pretty crude, but it works.

next up are some racks I've built recently, and hopefully in a few weeks I'll be starting on my next bike. I hope to have some "in process" pictures. See you soon, ahren