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Old 03-05-2014, 08:45 PM
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L'avecaise- 3yrs later

I settled on brazed-on centerpulls after trying out various different options, had it done and a respray was long overdue, so was a thorough cleaning. ;-)
It's finally up and running.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:15 PM
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Whoa, that looks awesome! Very similar frame design to a Bilenky Ultralite I'm about to build up.
How was working with Jeff Lyon? I've always admired his frames.

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Old 03-05-2014, 09:30 PM
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Nice, need a pic of the brakes though. Isn't that Bicycle Bell awesome ? Got one for my wife and we put it in the exact same place as yours.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:31 PM
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Beauty! The bi-laminate construction is very very nice. A L'Avecaise with brazed-on centerpulls is on my short list for custom bikes.

Care to elaborate on the differences between your 700c and 650b L'Avecaises? Tubing, geometry, ride quality, performance, etc.? Very curious to hear your thoughts...

Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:09 AM
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Really nice
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:55 AM
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:21 PM
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Thanx all,

V531xc, Jeff's very easy to work with, give him a wish list, a budget, any design ideas he might find interesting and challenging, and he'll deliver. Highly recommended.

Donevwil, that dinger is nice, hope I don't get too bell-happy , ;-)

Keevon, The 650B is a travel bike w/ Ritchey breakaway couplings. Both bikes used ox plat standard dia. 7/4/7, and some S-3 tubing, Grand bois fork crowns and blades, rake on the 650B - 64mm, the 700c- 58mm: I'm sold on the French curve, low trail handling, and the looks. Off road riding on both is no problem, since there's clearance in spades for knobbies, up to 45 for the 650B and 40 for the 700C bike.
Both bikes have 73 deg parallel angles and 55.5 tt.

The ride quality is- fantastic, compares to countless other bikes I have had in carbon, ti, steel-- lot of steels with OS tubing, and standard dia. Reynolds 531, or Columbus SL (your typical 5/8/5 or 9/6/9 mixed)

I think the combination of fatter, high quality tires (28-32 for 700c and 38-42 for 650B) and the just-right amount of flex of the super light standard dia. tubing is the secret to their really nice ride. And of course also the lower psi you can use w/ the bigger volume tires.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:02 PM
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That's one beautiful bike.


I like that bell, too! I just got a pair from Spurcycle for my contribution to their Kickstarter thing. Great craftsmanship and tone, and danged loud.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:21 PM
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Sweet

I love the bike and the bell as well. I but would have gone with the all black bell (still waiting on my all black bells).
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:45 PM
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low trail luv

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Thanx all,

V531xc, Jeff's very easy to work with, give him a wish list, a budget, any design ideas he might find interesting and challenging, and he'll deliver. Highly recommended.

Donevwil, that dinger is nice, hope I don't get too bell-happy , ;-)

Keevon, The 650B is a travel bike w/ Ritchey breakaway couplings. Both bikes used ox plat standard dia. 7/4/7, and some S-3 tubing, Grand bois fork crowns and blades, rake on the 650B - 64mm, the 700c- 58mm: I'm sold on the French curve, low trail handling, and the looks. Off road riding on both is no problem, since there's clearance in spades for knobbies, up to 45 for the 650B and 40 for the 700C bike.
Both bikes have 73 deg parallel angles and 55.5 tt.

The ride quality is- fantastic, compares to countless other bikes I have had in carbon, ti, steel-- lot of steels with OS tubing, and standard dia. Reynolds 531, or Columbus SL (your typical 5/8/5 or 9/6/9 mixed)

I think the combination of fatter, high quality tires (28-32 for 700c and 38-42 for 650B) and the just-right amount of flex of the super light standard dia. tubing is the secret to their really nice ride. And of course also the lower psi you can use w/ the bigger volume tires.
I'm with you on low trail bikes. I think they handle really well in the dirt too. I'm converting my whole bike "fleet" as I really prefer this geometry. I've got a 650B camping bike, a 700c monster cross bike ( fits 50 mm knobbies) and a lightweight "fast" bike in fab all with trail in the low 40's.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:05 AM
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That French curve fork is extraordinary. How is it under heavy braking loads?
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:37 PM
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Braking hard and late in corners is no problem, even on steep trail downhills.
I replaced stock w/ Shimano pads. No sign of fork shudder at all.

Update: I tested out the bell on pedestrians, surfers, drivers w/ cellphones to ears, dogs, it got their attention.

It's an eye-opener to ride a really clean drivetrain w/ fresh lube. That alone has got to worth at least a few watts, and with the latex tubes ( probably another coupla watts) bridging gaps on PCH when the hammerheads decided to take a flyer is...still work, but with much less effort. ;-9
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:49 PM
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this is a gorgeous bike, any updates you'd care to share?
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:36 PM
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Love the look of the frame and fork, with the gray mains with tomato headtube. However, I think it would look even more spiffy, with a painted to match(gray) stem, with a slope that matches that of the toptube.

Might even be worth something custom steel, like a Winter, to get the diameter closer to that of the toptube.

As noted, that is a very elegant fork.

Otherwise, ping me when you want to move on, as it looks like it is close to my size.
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Old 06-25-2016, 01:34 AM
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Thanks,
I'll keep that in mind.

Mzilliox, I'm about to convert it to a dedicated trail bike, with lower gearings and fatter tires. Stay tuned.
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