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Old 12-06-11, 03:02 PM   #26
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Ooops.... RIF... I have fallen into that old trap. Please forgive me, I used to know the difference back when I visited more often. I got injured and haven't been here in a while. Yep, that explains a lot, things like why you're buying a new bike, and why velobase.com is in your sig. And also why you're in Texas. I'm going to slink away and feel really stupid for a while now... at least a couple of minutes before I forget why.

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I think orange and silver looks good;

Seeing I can't find the Merckx i was looking for, this will have to do.

http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/2011/cc...nsley0711.html
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I do like the new boxed Kirk logos
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When you can out sprint me on the bike, then we can talk. (and yes, you must also be on a bike, powered only by your legs)

I like the looks of these two blues (both from the Kirk Frameworks Gallery):




Warning - going to the Kirk Frameworks gallery may result in massive loss of time and money.

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This is going to be an awesome bike. Keep us posted.

For color schemes, I'm partial to the white with red.
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I am going to watch this closely..... I have had my eye on these bikes for while....course things like paying for kid's school complicate the bike lust....but. I think it will be really interesting to get the ride report on the terraplane stays.

AS for color.... 2 ideas a restainder blue/grean with cream accents...... very rivendell

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molteni orange not any orange molteni orange





and i think this should be sticky as you will be torturing us througout the buld....both frame and bike
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KIRK.. one of the finest artesians in custom frame building
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Orange w/ blue decals, silver components & some black accents (saddle, bars, brifters). Enough to get noticed but still timeless. I love spending YOUR money!
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Light blue metallics are nice. Gazelle used to have a really nice one in the 70's, much better than the darker version from the 80's. This is a Tour de l'Avenir that came up for sale last year:

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Pearl white with dark blue, red accents/lines.....but all the combos you showed are amazing.

You know (and I'm surprised bigbossman didn't say it)...

you're going to have to become a snappier dresser once you get that bike.
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When you can out sprint me on the bike, then we can talk. (and yes, you must also be on a bike, powered only by your legs)

I like the looks of these two blues (both from the Kirk Frameworks Gallery):




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Agreed on the gallery.

Have you had one out for a ride?

Great choice on builders btw.
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Daily update photos. Front triangle is brazed up.





gomango, no I did not get a chance to ride one. In fact never been on a bike built of modern steels either. Made the decision after seeing Dave's work, speaking to him about how he wants his bikes to ride, and knowing that is how I wanted my new bike to ride. I figured if it was even a small improvement over my Gazelle AB-Frame with a better fit, then I'd have a winner.

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Looks great! I thought all Dave Kirk frames had those wavy seat stays -glad to see yours will be straight

I vote for white (maybe pearl?) with red accents.

I used to think I didn't like orange bikes (Faema not Molteni for me!), but then the orange bikes thread changed my mind and that orange with light blue is very cool in a "Gulf Racing" kind of way...
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what is the most striking to me is...the level of customer service. free pictures?! those cost $15 at CyclArt lol!

seriously, it must be super fun getting daily updates with pics.

here's my recommendation:
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gomango, no I did not get a chance to ride one. In fact never been on a bike built of modern steels either. Made the decision after seeing Dave's work, speaking to him about how he wants his bikes to ride, and knowing that is how I wanted my new bike to ride. I figured if it was even a small improvement over my Gazelle AB-Frame with a better fit, then I'd have a winner.
Your decision is outstanding.

I happened to ride a Terraplane two summers ago and I've wanted one ever since.

BBM found a nice frameset for me a year ago that I should have purchased.

Your Kirk provides a nice vicarious buzz until I can afford one.

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Looks great! I thought all Dave Kirk frames had those wavy seat stays -glad to see yours will be straight
Mine will have the wavy stays, not straight. It is an option for his frames, they do not come automatically on all of his frames. I had a hard time deciding between the Terraplane and the straight stays with the wrap over stays. I wanted the road carving, stuck to the road feel that the Terraplane stays are supposed to supply (and from reports, delivers), and anyways I already have 3 road bikes with straight stays, two with wrap over stays, one with nicely scalloped stays. Dave's straight stays combine the two, and maybe one day I'll order a Kirk (or maybe an Anderson stainless) sport touring bike with the straight stays. I know the Terraplane isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I like the look and if it works as designed, should make for an incredible ride.
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Mine will have the wavy stays, not straight. It is an option for his frames, they do not come automatically on all of his frames. I had a hard time deciding between the Terraplane and the straight stays with the wrap over stays. I wanted the road carving, stuck to the road feel that the Terraplane stays are supposed to supply (and from reports, delivers), and anyways I already have 3 road bikes with straight stays, two with wrap over stays, one with nicely scalloped stays. Dave's straight stays combine the two, and maybe one day I'll order a Kirk (or maybe an Anderson stainless) sport touring bike with the straight stays. I know the Terraplane isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I like the look and if it works as designed, should make for an incredible ride.
I didn't want to say anything before, but the Terraplane stays are the only way I would order a Kirk.

Great looking, and the power transfer is fantastic.

I talked to Dave at NAHBS, and he said all the right things about their shape.

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What CAD program does the builder use?
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Fairly sure that is bikecad.

edit: yup, that's from BikeCad.

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Orange, metallic blue, block lettering...........it does look sharp!

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Jon, I remember your mentioning in Austin that you were leaning toward Dave Kirk to build your frame; what a great choice!

I can't wait to see it built up.
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Jon,

That blue is beautiful. Do you get that fork with the cutouts?
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Stan, yeah, I made myself wait a 2 week or something "cooling off" period between the show and putting down my deposit. I had my list narrowed down to Kirk, Anderson and Ellis Cycles (All builders named David, odd thing that) by the end of the show. A few things that Dave Kirk told me when I was talking to him stuck with me, specifically some of his thoughts on tubing choices, how he wants his bikes to ride, and how and why he developed the Terraplane and the Triple-F dropouts. That and the new JKS-Classic was just completely drool-worthy. It came down to really want I wanted most out of the new bike, and in the end Kirk's vision matched that the most. If I happen to fall into a win-fall of cash some where down the line and can carve out another spot in the collection for a second custom, I'll probably give the nod to Dave Anderson for a stainless 4-Seasons as an all-rounder.

Jimmy, no, the JKS bikes come with a sloping crown fork like this:


When it comes to the JKS series, Dave does not compromise on part selection, it is a fully performance oriented design from end to end, everything the best that Dave can get his hands on. I could have gone the fully custom route and selected what ever lugs, crown, etc I wanted, but only the JKS series gets the lightest tubes and the made-for-Kirk JKS chain stays and a few other things. That is what I wanted, so that is what I'm going to get.
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