Mixing stains to get in between the honey brown leather saddle and the aged copper frame. Went with an ebony base and dark walnut on top. Most likely I’ll just hand rub a paste wax on these.
playing around with laser cut goods. headtube badges, name plates and serial number tags. going for something more subtle than decals. plus, I don’t have to worry about color matching decals to paint. that can be soooo exhausting! not really, not sure why I typed that. actually it is, not sure why I typed that. while we’re at it, this bike is almost ready for its live edge. it’s difficult to explain, but I felt that steel is live in the sense that it can change over time, expanding, contracting, oxidizing (no!) and I want to capture that with an encapsulation that is live also. one that will change with time, but ought not to corrode. that’s why this frame will be copper plated. there will be other specific treatments to the plate using other metals to strengthen and protect. in the end though, this plate should age and can be cared for in a way that age and use will be evident in its patina. or, that’s the intent.
I can’t thank these folks enough for really capturing my life with respect to bicycle building.
Mega talent behind the scenes – - -
Directed & Produced & Edited by Max Tubman
Director of Photography: Dan Sheats
DIT, Electric & Sound: Dave Beard
Electric & Color Grade: Kelsey Allen
1st AC: Rob Horwitz
End Titles: Philthy Soft Pretzls
Music by Kodomo
Song Concept 11
Working on a new prototype frame set. Gussets with special tangs, compact geometry with special finishes. Or at least the plan. This is a “build as I feel” work. A couple of minutes here, an hour there and a peppering of a half a day here and there. Had a monostay rear, which I do like (not sure why so many builders don’t like em) but it wasn’t quite right for this one. I’ll be finishing the frame building in the near future, so keep visiting! Happy trails!
This is a “do-it-all” fork. Custom made for a vintage Raleigh, this fork give the bike perfectly neutral handling using a 26 x 1.5 tire, and neutral to predictable handling when throwing on some 2.125 knobbies. Low rider rack mounts, canti brake bosses, double eyelet dropouts and a sweet Pacenti crown complete the fixins. The bend is what I call the tour d’elegance bend. Beginning at the dropouts with a gentle radius give it a modern lift to the classic sharp bend closer to the dropouts.
bike, that is.
This is an experimental take on a quick urban ride. It has neutral to fast geometry, with the ability to use 32c tires. No braze-ons, for anything. It is designed for a coaster brake hub, specifically the SRAM 2 speed automatic, which I became a fan of real quick. All of the lugs are handcrafted. It uses Columbus SL Niobium Steel tubing. The lugs are designed to control the torsional flex, yet keep the dampening, comfortable ride of this remarkable material. Catch more of this build in my upcoming mini feature film, which is set to go into production this weekend!
in the meantime, I was busy doing a variety of things. Some graphic design work for decals. New decals and Ultegra components went on the MIXCX. Schnelletour was reworked and received new decals. The frame fitter got decals also. A while back, in the middle of middle Florida I found a gal and guy who do nothing but cut mostly cypress and cedar trees. Cuttn’m in big honkin’ 12/4, cross and slab. 12/4 = 3″ by the way, that’s woodman’s verbiage. So I made a couple into 2 coffee tables that key into each other to act as one. The configuration can change or you can use them as two separate tables for different purposes. Finished with tung oil.