My new modern "Classic": Kirk JKS-Classic Terraplane - Arrived - Pg 7 for photos
yes, it's new, yes it'll be decked out in Campy 11sp, if you don't think it belongs here, take it up with an admin. :p
I decided that here in C&V would be the home for the thread following the creation of my new ride. After all it is the C&V crew who's opinions I respect and feedback I care about.
Early April of this year, I sent off my $300 deposit to Dave Kirk up in Montana after speaking to him at length at the NAHBS show in Austin and finally crossing off the other two names on my short list of builders to work with on what will be my first, and likely for a while only, custom frame. I knew what sort of ride I wanted, I knew what type of bike I wanted, and after talking to Dave it seemed like he was on the same page with his vision of how a bike should ride. I knew he had the background at Serotta, and the examples of his work I had seen at both the Portland and Austin shows showed the quality of work that I was willing to spend some major coin to own. I spent from then till December 1st trying to patiently wait for my name to finally reach the top of his queue, in the mean time trying to keep myself busy either thinking of paint schemes, working on other projects, trying to talk myself out of taking on yet more projects, etc.
On the 1st I finally got that email saying it was time, and since I already had all my measurements, and the measurements of my current fleet of bikes already set and ready to go it wasn't long till Dave was able to send me back a recommendation and design for my new frame. A quick check of the numbers he sent against my favorite ride, the Gazelle AB-Frame confirmed it was a close match, just a little shorter in the top tube, and obviously to be built with the best of modern steels and setup for modern equipment. Dave's JKS Series of bikes uses a custom blend of Reynolds and TruTemper steels, Llewellyn lugs, his design Triple-F dropouts. I decided on the classic look of the horizontal top tube "Classic" edition of the JKS series, and added Dave's signature curved Terraplane stays for extra stick-to-the-road-ness. We did decide to use a lightly heavier downtube than he usually uses to aid in keeping the frame stiff enough for quick accelerations, so a 853 Pro downtube is going in place of the 953 Stainless.
Dave should be brazing up the front triangle today, but sent me the following photos yesterday evening showing the tubes laid out for inspection, as well as a nice view of the perfectly mitered tubes and the front triangle all fitted into the jig.
And for those curious, here's the build dimensions: