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Old 09-27-2023, 03:06 PM
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I'm pleased to report that the third of the five 20th Anniversary bikes is done and ready to head to paint. This one is number 20.5 and goes to a long time customer and multiple Kirk owner and is built to use Pauls Racer M and 32 mm tires. Should be a fun ride.

The last few photos features my wonderful shop cat Juno. Juno is as cool as they come!

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Old 09-27-2023, 03:14 PM
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I love how your fillets look nearly exactly the same everytime.

That seat cluster vs others you've posted is nearly identical, you can see and recognize the years of experience in how they are done.
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Old 09-29-2023, 02:43 PM
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A stainless Onesto fork to close out my work week. Now it's time to pack for a short road trip to race an out-of-town autocross event.

Pray for sun (it's going to be cold and wet) and wish me luck!


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Old 09-29-2023, 03:36 PM
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Good luck Dave, go get 'em!
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Old 09-29-2023, 06:06 PM
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There's nothing quite like a handmade steel fork.

Autocross in the wet? Just different, or a higher level of difficulty overall?
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Old 09-29-2023, 07:38 PM
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There's nothing quite like a handmade steel fork.

Autocross in the wet? Just different, or a higher level of difficulty overall?
To drive at the limit in the wet takes more skill than in the dry. One needs to 'feel' what the tire's contact patch is telling you at every moment...and inputs need to be more subtle and soft. In the dry one can take sudden stabs at the brake or steering but in the wet that will put you in the dirt.

That said it can be really fun when you're driving well.

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Old 09-29-2023, 11:08 PM
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Godspeed Dave!

Do you think autocross has changed how you drive on the road? I'm big into safe driving and wonder if some race classes would help. But maybe I'd just drive faster.

P.S. Your bikes kick ass.
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Old 09-30-2023, 07:34 AM
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Godspeed Dave!

Do you think autocross has changed how you drive on the road? I'm big into safe driving and wonder if some race classes would help. But maybe I'd just drive faster.

P.S. Your bikes kick ass.
Good morning -

Yes - I do think that I drive on the road differently since I started autocrossing 20 years ago.

I can say for sure that I'm a much better car handler than I was before. I've learned what a car will do...and what it won't do...and because of this I feel I drive slower on the road than I used to. I know how quickly it can all go wrong and I have less confident ignorance.

I find that I can feel MUCH more what the car is telling me at every moment...this is especially true while driving in the snow. The car and it's four contact points is always talking and I'm now a much better listener.

Lastly - having a place where I can truly drive at 10/10's kills the urge to do so on the road. It's a wonderful outlet in that way. I very rarely break the speed limit on the road.

Overall I'm a much better and safer driver because I autocross. We have many club members who feel the same way and they put their teenage kid on the autocross course to show them that they don't know crap about driving. It's a humbling thing for a 17 year old to be shown that bravery will only get you so far.

I'd try it. You might not become a lifer like I am but you will learn more than you can imagine and it's a super fun process at the same time.

If I can help in any way let me know.

dave
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Old 09-30-2023, 09:09 AM
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We need a pic of the auto cross rig!


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Old 09-30-2023, 09:40 AM
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I must say, your unpainted finished forks and frames are the cleanest of any builder I've seen, stainless or not. Even if it's not necessary, I think it's a major attractive selling point if for nothing else, it's eye candy.
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Old 10-05-2023, 01:59 PM
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I'm not quite sure why we see fewer fade paint jobs but i can say that I miss them. This candy maroon fade to silver frame just came back from JB's and I wish my photo skills were up to the task because it looks stunning out in the sunlight. Unfortunately shortly after it came in the sun went behind the clouds and the rain started to fall so I was forced to shoot it indoors.

This fillet frameset is on its way to Italy where it will ride the dirt back roads with big cushy tires. I've never been to Italy so I thought maybe I could slip into the box and ride along but Karin talked me out of it.

Thanks for looking.

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Old 10-05-2023, 04:25 PM
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Wow, beautiful. I've been wanting to see a canti build with Terraplane stays for a long time, any chance you'll receive pics when built up?
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Old 10-05-2023, 05:39 PM
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This one got me to plunk down a deposit with Dave...

Awesome.

I hope erik$ shows us the final build.
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Old 10-05-2023, 06:17 PM
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Wow, beautiful. I've been wanting to see a canti build with Terraplane stays for a long time, any chance you'll receive pics when built up?
I hope so...it's up to the owner of course.

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Old 10-05-2023, 07:45 PM
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Speaking of fades, has anyone ever had one of your frames done up in the classic 90s serotta fades ie pink/orange?
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