Light Touring frameset for Dan K.

Dan K. was one of the first to line up when I announced that I would be building custom bicycles under Seneca Cycle Works in early 2014. I first met Dan as a volunteer at Phoenix Bikes, an excellent youth bike shop in Arlington, VA. Since then, Dan and I have kept in touch, usually about bikes, and it was a total pleasure to build this one for him, dubbed "Pinkerton" by Dan himself. 

After seeing his local fitter, Dan provided me with his contact points and related fit data, and I began the design work for his new frameset. The result is what you see here: the foundation for Dan's perfect fit and ride (not to mention Dan's particular aesthetic requests). Dan wanted a bike that was light, solid, quick, and versatile enough so that it could be loaded up for touring or commuting. 

Grey paint highlights the investment cast parts: lugs, bottom bracket shell, fork crown, dropouts, and front derailleur tab. Tubing is "Spirit for Lugs" by Columbus in Italy. S-bend chainstays offer clearance for 700c x 32mm tires plus fenders. Threaded fender bosses are "hidden" in the chainstay and seatstay bridges. A full set of fender and rack mounts are included to allow Dan to dress the bike up for touring or commuting as he sees fit. 

Brake mounting studs for Paul MiniMoto brakes are included, though these can be swapped out for standard cantilever posts should the need arise. Headset, bottom bracket, headset spacers and hubs (not shown) are all made by Chris King in Portland, OR, and are anodized a special, limited edition "Sour Apple" color. The stem is the incomparable Thomson X4, machined in Macon, GA. 

Paint is by B Mac's Paintworks, and yes, Dan chose the colors. 

Dan will build the complete bike and should be riding by this coming spring. Keep an eye out for "Pinkerton" if you live in the Washington, DC area, and say hi to Dan!