A couple of sneak peeks of frames just delivered:
Looks pretty tame right? NO! Purebred Ti framset custom designed by yours truly to meet the rigors of serious pilgrimage . Couplers? Yes! Beltdrive? Yes! EBB? Yes! More beef than Wendy’s? Yes! Wait until you see the final build. Until then – you are welcome to weep in desire. Oh , yeah , it costs less than the left-you-know-what you paid for your last ride.
My PBP frame. Designed for a friend who is light, loves the hills, sits back on the saddle and prefers his position upright and his coffee strong. Combination of Ti tubing to give a very supple, yet high road transfer feel. Couplers of course and set more inward to fit in minimally small package or more convenient for portage (i.e. Trabant boots) All cables are external, triple bidon mounts, fender mounts, lighting feng shui, stealth matte finish. You will miss this bike sitting on the roadside cafe. But that’s the point, the bike is what it is – transparent and fully integrated to your journey. Are you riding the Silk Road? Or is it riding you?
This is how we roll. One frame at a time.
The weather has been a bit chilly lately so I took some time to update the site a bit. I add a ‘Shop’ Section so I can put up some various bits and pieces for sale as well. Our Titanium projects are moving along and if anyone wants a custom Ti frameset, then just let me know! Currently we have 3 primary frame types to build from:
1) The ‘Toge’ – which is my original concept fixed gear / SS. This is based on classic track geometry but slightly relaxed for the serious road fixie rider. It also has useful accessories like water bottle bosses and S&S Couplers for quick bail-outs onto a train.
2) The ‘Kyoso’ – which is an all-purpose road bike based on some of the early Tri bikes I built back in the late 80′s. Yes, it seems dated, but those designs were very functional and nice riding. Aggressive seatpost position (74-75 degrees), short, beefy chainstays and generally a low and long position makes it a great cross over bike for Triathlete training and fast touring. It’s custom, of course, so the final spec is up to you – but this is one very nice, ride-fast-all-day bike. Also available with S&S Couplers.
3) The ‘HENRO’ which is our new project. This will be the ultimate pilgrim’s bike. Whether you are riding across town or on a 3mo sojourn , the HENRO is the perfect bike. More upright and comfortable position combined with internal gear hub (Alfine, SRAM or Rohloff) and a belt drive gives this bike a very clean, ‘ride forever’ approach. Combined with S&S Couplers, custom Ti rack and disc brakes puts this bike into a touring class of its own. Sorry no pictures yet ! But if you’re looking for the bike to go round the world in 800 days or the 88 temples of Shikoku, then this is it!