Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes: Franklin Frames Custom, Rivendell Bombadil
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Franklin frames is Jack Franklin. He does all the work himself, and employs no one. He's been doing frame building/repairing and painting for some 35 years, since he was a teen(as he told me). He does do a lot of repairs and painting for other companies.
His shop/barn is out in the country
He built a frame for me 10 years ago, and this spring he did some repair and a repaint of a Rivendell frame for me. I'm quite happy with his work. I have nothing but good things to say about his work. His paint work isn't the high end premium stuff like Joe Bell etc. , but it's excellent enough for the average cyclist. For what he charges, you won't be diappointed, you get nice Dupont Imron paint in about a huge array of colors.
Repainting a frame is also a good time to add any braze-ons you ever wanted, as he charges modest prices for this work. I think a chain hanger for the Riv frame was $9.
What I like about Jack is his willingness to share his extensive knowledge about frame building, painting and repair. When I phoned him about a bum Rivendell frame I bought used, he knew all the possible causes and how to fix them. . . and he did the work well. He's got a nice digital alignment table that makes aligning frames quick work for him. He does a lot of aligning because not many have that kind of tool around in their shop. . it's a little expensive!
I don't know if the search engines have his latest web address or not, his provider changed, so now it's http://home.windstream.net/franklinframe/frame.html
It's a low tech, basic site, and his frame price list is a rough guide, not absolute. Many of his prices are in his head, so if you want something not listed, just ask him.