Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    3
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Need Help on Working With Framebuilder

    Hi All,

    I decided to finally take the plunge and submitted a deposit to a local framebuilder and reserve my place on the build list. I will be meeting with him in a few weeks to have my current steed and my physical proportions measured. What steps should I take to ensure success in working with him? I guess my greatest concerns have to do with bar and stem selection and whether to have him build the (lugged) fork or buy something like an Enve.

    I am looking for a lugged steel "classic stage racer" to supplement my 14-year old Litespeed Classic. This will be a bike for fast club rides and long solo days in the range of 60-200 miles. No racing, no touring other than perhaps an overnight credit card ride.

    It is difficult to separate fact from fiction and the only thing that I know for sure is how much I don't know!

    Thanks for any and all advice!

  2. #2
    Senior Member ftwelder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    vermont
    My Bikes
    Many
    Posts
    3,093
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Bring your usual kit and bike to the fitting. (no testing new saddle on that day) unless you are doing something large like changing crank length or handlebar drop. I personally would get the frame/fork/stem if you are getting a lugged bike and try the carbon fork later.

    make sure you have stated all your wishes in writing well in advance and have notes with you

    Let the designer/builder do his/her thing.

    Get a print of final specifications and where they are taken from. Inspect the drawings and make sure the drawing or specification is correct. Agree on terms and move forward or not.

    Relax now. It's up to the builder to meet your expectations.
    Last edited by ftwelder; 01-14-13 at 04:23 AM.
    1886 Surrey machinists Invincible, 1900 Nashua, 1937 Raleigh Golden Arrow, 1938 Raleigh Silver Record, 1951 Armstrong tourmalet, 1970 Motobecane Grand Record, 1971 Raleigh Professional, 1971 Gitane TDF, 1972 Legnano Gran Primio, 1973, Peugeot PX-10, 1975 Roberts, 1984 Battaglin Giro, 1985 Grandis Speciale, 2012 FTW

    frankthewelder@comcast.net

    le prix s'oublie,la qualité reste ,(michel audiard)

  3. #3
    Andrew R Stewart Andrew R Stewart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    Stewart S&S coupled sport tourer, Stewart Sunday light, Stewart Commuting, Stewart Touring, Co Motion Tandem, Stewart 3-Spd, Stewart Track, Fuji Finest, Raleigh Pro, Trek Cycle Cross, Mongoose tomac ATB, GT Bravado ATB, JCP Folder
    Posts
    3,269
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The fork's possibilities should be driven by the design needs, not your preferences. Andy.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,498
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would think there are plenty of those (a lugged steel "classic stage racer") readily available for sale, but your builder of course will very likely enjoy a paid trip back though memory lane. I would keep the work with the builder focused on the frame and the fork and push the component selection items off until the frame is done; assuming that you have agreed on the crankarm length, the stem dimensions, wheel size, type of brakes, etc.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •