Construction: I love steel, it has been proven for over a hundred years that it has a place in the bicycle industry. I build with a variety of steel from Columbus, Dedacciai and Reynolds tubing. Tubes are specifically chosen for each frame to create a ride that meets the needs of the customer. I build using a variety of joining methods from lugged to bi-laminate and offer a variety of finishing choices, from thinly filed lugs to polished stainless steel.
Fitting: A quality frame needs to fit its intended rider. When building a frame I have a long conversation with the rider before the designing even begins. I use preliminary body measurements, if local I can do the measurements, to get a rough idea of the frame geometry. However, I don’t believe in a lot of the frame calculators out there because they don’t take into account the riders preferences or conclusions they have made for themselves after riding for years. I like to look at the whole picture before building a frame using my own thoughts, but more importantly the feedback from the rider.
Frame types: I started building track and road race frames with aggressive geometries and short wheelbases. Over the years I have had many requests for frames with canti brakes and abundant tire clearance. This has expanded my own preferences and now I offer road, track, and randonneur frames. All of these frame types can have a lot of differentiation among them. I will listen to the customers desires and incorporate as much of what they want as possible into the build. Of course there are limitations to that, but I encourage people to ask questions, I love to talk about bicycle design.
Paint: I paint all my frames in house using high quality automotive wet paint and clear coats. Custom frames come painted with a single color paint of the customer’s choosing. Custom paint options are available upon the customer’s request.