Introducing Seneca Cycle Works #001, the first of its kind.
I made this bicycle for myself, and it gets ridden every day in and around Brattleboro. Here in southern Vermont, many rides involve steep hills and a mix of riding surfaces, from fresh pavement to unmaintained class IV roads. I ride this bicycle to and from work every day, for running errands around town, and it's also an excellent bike for weekend tours or general exploring. The frame and fork were built with hand-shaped lugs and a mix of steel tubing from Columbus. When pressed to classify this bicycle, I would call it a "light-touring" or simply an "adventure" bike- it is light enough to feel sprightly on the road, yet versatile and rugged enough for long, loaded rides covering a variety of terrains.
The build is simple and straightforward. Quality and durable parts were selected for ease of maintenance and functionality. The wheels were built by me using Mavic A719 touring rims, DT Swiss double butted spokes, and Phil Wood touring hubs. A Shimano Deore drivetrain may strike some as heavy or inelegant, but I favor Deore's gear range, crisp shifting, and durability for this particular bicycle. A Brooks saddle and handlebar wrap are both comfortable and beautiful. The Nitto handlebar, stem, and seatpost have a classic polished finish and will provide years, if not decades, of trouble-free use. Pedals are Speedplay Drillium- I have not found a more comfortable and grippy pedal for all-around riding. As a bonus, they have very high-quality bearings, a stiff axle, and are easily serviceable.
I use Jandd panniers and a rear rack for carrying whatever I need on my daily rides. The frame and fork feature a full set of touring braze-ons, facilitating the attachment of a front rack and a third water bottle cage if needed, and a set of full-coverage fenders from SKS. A kickstand plate underneath the chainstays houses a Pletscher 2-legged kickstand for ease of loading, unloading, and parking.
The frame and fork were painted by Phil Harwood of Independent Fabrication, where I used to work. Phil did a great job with the painted-in logo on the down tube (that's all paint, no decals!), and the custom-mixed colors.
This is a wonderful bicycle to ride, very comfortable and quicker than you might expect on a bike meant to handle a modest touring load. Its powerful brakes and stout wheels and tires inspire confidence. Its versatility may be its best asset.
I build bicycles to order, one at a time. A frame like this would start at $2500. Please get in touch with any questions.