There is something particularly stunning about the combination of stainless steel lugs and the beautiful glossy metallic silver paint chosen by the owner of this new bicycle.
The customer, a Putney local, envisioned a bicycle that has the classic style of a lugged steel road racing bike, built with modern steel materials and components. The frame is constructed from Columbus Spirit tubing, which is light and lively and designed specifically for lugged frames. The lugs themselves are stainless steel, investment cast, and polished to a mirror finish. While the polishing is done by hand and is very labor-intensive, the end result is completely worth it.
Components were carefully chosen to complement the classic style of the frame and fork while providing excellent performance. Silver Potenza components from Campagnolo, White Industries hubs laced to Mavic rims, and the Ritchey Classic bar, stem and seatpost work in harmony with a Brooks saddle and handlebar wrap for a comfortable, reliable and beautiful parts kit.
A compact crankset with 34t and 50t chainrings, plus an 11-32t cassette, provide a wide range of gears.
Ample clearance for larger tires comes standard on just about every frame and fork that I make. Shown here are 700c x 26mm Extralite Cayuse Pass tires by Compass Cycles.
Visually, I think there's nothing quite like classic road bicycle geometry with a horizontal top tube. The Campagnolo rear brake cable and housing gracefully arc over the stainless steel seat stay cap. A pair of rack eyelets allow mounting a rear rack if ever needed.
Designed and built right here in my Putney workshop!
Dave Cain of Waxwing Bag Co. (in Waitsfield, VT) provided a custom made saddle wedge for added storage capacity during longer rides. He managed to match the coloring of the Brooks saddle and bar wrap perfectly. Thanks Dave!
What can you see in the reflection?
See those shifter cables below the down tube? Criss-crossed cables make for smooth housing runs from the handlebar to the shift cable barrel adjusters. When routed this way, the housing naturally sits away from the head tube, relaxing the cables a bit and preventing paint rub where housing would otherwise contact the head tube.
To Dano, the owner of this new bicycle: thank you very kindly for the opportunity to help make your bicycle dreams a reality. My hope is that you will enjoy this bike for many, many years to come! I look forward to seeing you out on the road.