Long Overdue Spring Update!

It’s been a busy year so far, not that you could tell from the activity on this blog! As the sole proprietor here, I am often juggling many projects at once, and as so often happens with blogs, this one was neglected a bit.

In an effort to remedy the recent lack of content, I have a few photos to share from various projects around the shop, and a full photo set of a recent build is coming up within the next few weeks.

First up is a 650b conversion that I did for a friend’s old Trek 660:

With apologies for the dark exposures, this was a really fun project. The frame and fork were slightly modified with a few new braze-ons, powder coated orange, and then a fresh build kit was added to breathe new life into a well-made steel frame and fork. The wider tires and triple gearing are well-suited to VT roads, and the new bar and saddle setup are made for comfort and cruising.

I don’t get to work on projects like this very often, but they can be really satisfying! Knowing that an older frame set is now being enjoyed in a whole new way is pretty rewarding.

Next up are a few shots from around the workshop. Really, I’m just looking through my camera’s memory card from the past few months and picking out the good ones. ;)

Above is a nice front wheel build, using the excellent Schmidt SON 28 dynamo hub, for disc brake and thru-axle. Below is the venerable Rohloff 14 speed rear hub. These two hubs form the basis for a wheelset that belong to a new belt drive touring bike (pics forthcoming!).

Above are some cleanly brazed water bottle bosses on a down tube. I like to use the little 4-pointed “star” reinforcements on some builds. It’s super satisfying when brazing goes this smoothly and doesn’t require any clean-up with emory cloth, files or scotch brite… that doesn’t always happen though!

Head tube welds. Reynolds 853 tubing, which is some of my personal favorite for TIG welded frames.

Finally I have some teaser pics of a really cool cross/gravel frame. Stainless steel couplings by S&S machine were installed to make this frame travel-ready. It splits into two halves that allow the whole bike to fit into a large (airline-friendly) suitcase. This particular frame also features adjustable rear dropouts and belt drive compatibility.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading!

Happy New Moment

Happy new year everyone! Or, as my friend and yoga teacher Scott Willis put it, “Happy New Moment.”

This is a quick note to let you all know that I will be updating my website over the next few weeks. No major changes planned, just some tweaks to the layout and such. Any suggestions, please let me know!

Also, I will be paring down my social media outlets in the coming weeks, as I find that I don’t really use them, and frequently I find that they are more of a hassle than they are worth. Facebook is almost sure to go, as is twitter, and maybe even Instagram. My ultimate goal is to focus on this website as my primary means of communication.

Many thanks for reading.

40th annual Putney Craft Tour

Join me and 23 other artists and craftspeople this weekend for the 40th annual Putney Craft Tour! 

This will be my third year participating, and I always enjoy meeting all the wonderful folks who come through my shop doors during the tour. Craft Tour members will open their studios and workshops to anyone interested in stopping by for a look or a demonstration, and the tour hours are 10am-5pm, November 23, 24, and 25, 2018.

To celebrate our 40th year, we are pleased to have garnered a special proclamation from Governor Phil Scott. According to the proclamation, Thanksgiving weekend in 2018 is officially the Putney Craft Tour Weekend in the State of Vermont!

At my shop, I will have several complete bicycles on display, including some that are available for sale. I will also have my usual hats, t-shirts, patches and water bottles for sale, in addition to some bike parts and a few special goodies that I am cooking up just for the Tour. Keep an eye on my Instagram feed for more about what I will be showing as we get closer to the weekend.

If you live nearby, or if you might consider a really excellent road trip over Thanksgiving weekend, please come by and say hi!