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Old 05-05-2021, 06:53 PM
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Ha - no worries. I think you were just busy the day I asked. I'll email you some time about it. Thanks!

This one's mine, by the way.
Oh that nice!
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Old 05-06-2021, 07:41 AM
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Full ride report expected Girlscantell. You cant put a great bike like that here and not give a ride report....btw congrads on the bike and welcome to the forum.
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:34 AM
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Ha - no worries. I think you were just busy the day I asked. I'll email you some time about it. Thanks!

This one's mine, by the way.
Stunning. Would love to hear the backstory on the paint choice.. And see the full build.
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Old 05-06-2021, 11:40 AM
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Ha - no worries. I think you were just busy the day I asked. I'll email you some time about it. Thanks!

This one's mine, by the way.
This is beautiful!
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Stunning. Would love to hear the backstory on the paint choice.. And see the full build.
Should definitely start a thread in the Custom Bikes section of the forum to tell more of the story behind it!
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Old 05-06-2021, 12:49 PM
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Not much story to it. I love old racing bikes with chevron paint schemes. I sent Joe Bell a description of the colors I was looking for and a photo of a Eddy Merckx with a great design. I asked for a particular blue. red and yellow. I remember there was a restored Willys Americar around town that had this wonderful blue. I got the paint formula from the owner and sent it to Joe. Joe decided to include the white and I disliked the design when Dave sent me the first photo. But when it arrived...Holy Moses, it was beautiful.

I built it up with Campy Chorus 11spd (this was 2013), H+Son TB14s on White Industries T11s, and various bits off my previous bike. It does everything I want my bike to do: climbs efficiently, corners as well as I can handle and doesn't twitch like my previous bikes. Unfortunately, I got lost a few times and ended up on some gravel. I did a lot of gravel, actually. The bike ate it up but suffered some paint chips. I'm looking to send it back to Joe soon for a repaint. Maybe I'll change it up.

I don't have any photos of it but I'll take one next time I'm out in the sun.
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Old 05-07-2021, 05:04 PM
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My Kirk

I spoke with Joe Bell yesterday and he said to just ride it til it's ugly. I'm not there yet.
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Old 05-15-2021, 02:13 PM
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Was it something I said?
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Old 05-15-2021, 02:19 PM
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Was it something I said?
Post it in the Custom Bikes section.
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Old 05-15-2021, 02:25 PM
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Will do! Eventually. ...


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Old 06-02-2021, 12:39 PM
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I was digging through older photos and came across these and for some reason I like them....and of course a photo of the kindest creature on the planet, our Manx cat Pearl, is always appreciated.


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Old 06-03-2021, 10:09 AM
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That second to last pic should be a poster! Really cool with the way the front frame is in focus and the blurring of the frames behind.


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Old 06-03-2021, 11:50 AM
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....and of course a photo of the kindest creature on the planet, our Manx cat Pearl....
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Where is she off to? And will this be on BikeFlights?
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Old 06-03-2021, 11:51 AM
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I would totally hang that in my garage (no offense Pearl).

Would you be willing to share a high res copy of that photo or sell prints ?


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Old 06-03-2021, 02:25 PM
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I would totally hang that in my garage (no offense Pearl).

Would you be willing to share a high res copy of that photo or sell prints ?


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Which photo are you talking about?

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Old 06-22-2021, 11:43 AM
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Here's a new ride that pays homage to work I did a full 3 decades ago (that feels odd to type if I'm honest). It's a JK Special X built with double-oversize tubes and classic lugged construction.

As I was prepping this bike I was struck by how similar in appearance and concept that it is to the bikes I built for the Coors Pro Team way back when. They are both lugged steel so that there's that. But after that they are much different. The modern Reynolds 953 main tubes are 1/2 the thickness of the tubes that we used 30 years ago....so they weigh less, give a sweeter ride and are just as stiff. The tubes are low temperature silver brazed (as opposed to brass brazed) together to give the frame lifetime fatigue resistance for a lifetime of use. The alignment is tighter, the geometry more refined and I like to think that 30 years of skill building means that they are better crafted.

As proud as I am of the work I did for Serotta and the Coors Light Team I'm more proud of the bikes I build today.

I'm excited to see this one out on the road being used hard the way it was intended.

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