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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Andrea's Mtn Bike

So this month I have been working on a whole bunch of things. I finished up an order for Velo Orange just in time for the christmas rush, made some racks for Leslie Kendziera's touring bike (check out, started on a rack for Jay from Planet Bike and his cool IF crossbike/commuter, and just made the first (i think) front rack for Velo Orange. No pictures of that yet, sorry, but I've got some photo's of a mountain bike that I have been working on for Andrea Weiler.

Andrea started racing a Specialized hybrid in a bunch of local mountain bike races a couple of years ago and is thoroughly hooked on it. She wanted a real bike but was unhappy with what she found at all the shops here in Madison. Her partner, Ben, prints the t-shirts for Revolution Cycles, where I've got my workspace set up. When they had come by one day to see what we could do for them Jeff, the owner, suggested she talk with me.

Andrea and I talked for a while about what she was looking for, did a fit session, and with the help of my friend Zac at Cascade Bicycle Studio, came up with a fit for a new bike. In the mean time, I gave her Leah's bike to ride because it was a close match to see what she thought.

Now I've got the bike nearly done. Just have to finish off the small bits. It was tough hand filing the stays, especially since I just ordered the one set, but it came out all right. I've got this fascination with lugged mountain bikes. I've got a late eighties Trek that I found in the trash that I love, and I think the bikes that Mike Zancanato (I know he has a website somewhere, anyone?) has made are great. I wanted to use a part of a lug to reinforce the headtube and downtube, but the angle turned out to be perfect for a lug, so I welded an extension on and brazed it up! I love that it enabled me to add some style to the bike as well. I hope Andrea will like it. I'll add the top part of the upper head lug when I do the water bottle mounts and cable stops.

It's going to get a nice durable powdercoat, but I still need to know what color she wants. Some of my up coming projects are going to be a fillet brazed bike for Chris Kulczycki of Velo Orange, another for my friend Matt, and a lugged touring bike for my sister Jess. Good times!


At 12:40 PM, Blogger Ahren said...

Thanks Iku,

Shoulda known, but I was sleepy

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Kenneth Buttercup said...

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At 1:49 PM, Blogger Kenneth Buttercup said...

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