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Old 05-10-2019, 10:47 AM
Morgul Bismark Morgul Bismark is offline
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Lugged Terraplane David Kirk

David Kirk and I started discussions about a frame in early January of this year.

Back then, I was interested in an Onesto. Pretty early on, it became clear to David that an Onesto wasn't the best choice for my needs. As I recall, this was primarily due to the range of fork rake being more limited with a stainless fork due to the hardness of the material. As such, it wasn't possible to stick with a pure stainless frame/fork to get a proper handling bike. I really appreciate that this came up early in our discussion about a frame.

From the beginning, I didn't select David Kirk because I wanted a stainless frame. I selected David Kirk because I wanted the benefit of his attention to detail, craftsmanship, and years of experience. As a result, it was pretty easy to move on from the idea of getting an Onesto to getting a mixed material frame fork.

Like many others before me, I hold David Kirk in high regard, not just because of the quality of his work, but because he also applies that same level of attention to detail and focus with his customer interactions and prompt communications.







The frame and fork came together pretty quickly. Then it was off to Joe Bell to get into his queue. During this time I iterated through about 30 different color schemes. Making a final decision on color has always been the most difficult part of the process for me. In this case, it came down to wanting to go in a different direction than my prior bikes (mostly blacks and blues).





Following paint with JB, the frame went back to Dave to finish off. That turnaround was pretty quick. By early May the frame had arrived.

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Old 05-10-2019, 11:01 AM
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Congratulations the color you choose looks fantastic. Be interested in seeing this beauty fully built up.
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:25 AM
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:30 PM
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Can't wait to see the build!
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:12 PM
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I think you made a perfect choice here - congrats!

Now. ..what are you planning for the build?



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Old 05-10-2019, 01:15 PM
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Fantastic. I'm most impressed by the turnaround time. I have a frame on order that's been at paint since early February.
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Old 05-10-2019, 05:21 PM
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Great post, and thanks for the photos.

Since the fork rake was out of the range of stainless, I'd be curious to know what the geometry of the frame is. Care to tell us?
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:06 PM
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So pretty!
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:56 PM
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Absolutely gorgeous
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Old 05-10-2019, 11:06 PM
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I would have such a hard time in choosing a color scheme for a build. You chose great. I am not usually into red things but this is beautiful.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:31 AM
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Gorgeous bike! A David Kirk with Terraplane stays is the perfect road bike. Looking forward to seeing the build.

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Old 05-11-2019, 11:47 AM
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Very elegant and classy headbadge.
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Old 05-11-2019, 12:30 PM
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I think you made a perfect choice here - congrats!

Now. ..what are you planning for the build?
Build is R9100, Phil Wood, White Industries, and Deda. All are black with low-key logos. I went out of town shortly after getting the frame, so I'm finally really working on the build today.

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Since the fork rake was out of the range of stainless, I'd be curious to know what the geometry of the frame is. Care to tell us?
Added image to the first post

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I would have such a hard time in choosing a color scheme for a build. You chose great. I am not usually into red things but this is beautiful.
Thank you!
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Gorgeous bike! A David Kirk with Terraplane stays is the perfect road bike. Looking forward to seeing the build.
Should have photos later today of the progress.

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Very elegant and classy headbadge.
That badge is even better in person. Really happy about how that part turned out.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:15 PM
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Some initial photos of the build.


Initially set up with a less aggressive handlebar drop than my other road bikes.

The stem is a placeholder. I've been talking to Eric at Winter Bicycles about getting a custom stem built. Thus, the extra steerer tube.




Tires are 28mm on Easton R90SL Rims (internal width 19.5mm). The stickers have been removed from the Easton R90SL rims.

I love that there is this much clearance with standard size calipers.


Wheelset by Sugar Wheel Works: Hubs are Phil Wood 24H F/R, Rims are Easton R90SL, Sapim CX-Ray Spokes. Phil Wood is located here in the Bay Area in San Jose.

Concealed by the Campy skewer "Paint by Joe Bell"


Made by David Kirk in Bozeman Montana. BSA Bottom Bracket by White Industries in Petaluma, CA

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Old 05-11-2019, 11:26 PM
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The build looks great. You're going to have some great rides!
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