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    cyclopath vik's Avatar
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    Custom Ti Rando Bike?

    I have two friends who are avid cyclists and want get their dream bikes. They are aspiring randonnuers and we have come to the conclusion a rando bike would be ideal for all their biking needs. They have asked me to give them a short list of custom builders that could make them each a Ti bike. Although I am a bike geek I have no experience with Ti or custom bikes.

    They are interested in a “classic” French rando bike in Ti, but would consider other ideas.

    I was hoping someone on this forum would have some suggestions.

    PS - if you are a member of the randon or BC rando list I apologize for the cross posting!...
    safe riding - Vik
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    Serotta makes a Cyclocross version of their Concours Titanium frame.

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    Zinophile tibikefor2's Avatar
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    Spectrum makes wonderful Ti bikes, including randonnuering bikes. The Tom Kellog fit is one of a kind experience.

    www.spectrum-cycles.com
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    hell's angels h/q e3st ny brunop's Avatar
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    i have me a custom ti club racer from independent fabrication. thing's the most perfect physical object on the planet. check independent fab.
    ". . .a striped jersey under his jacket; bared calves (outside the bicycle track); cap pushed back; feet in a false position on the pedals; a barking horn, a disorderly appearance, an always-dry tongue, and a definite fondness for wine merchants. . ."

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    Not classic French...

    Independent Fabrications... custom fit (from a local shop), any options you want (added a 3rd water bottle, and eyelettes where I wanted them), employee owned, young, fun company...

    Fork is steel (you can go aftermarket and get carbon), Ti tubing, sizes, geometry was chosen based on my riding style. A simple paint job is included, but I went with the shot peened finish. Worked with my local shop, a phys therapist who sepcializes in cycling to help with the initial fit, then IF direct, as I wanted a tour and got to meet one of the designers. Very smooth experience.

    More pics (and detail shots). I chose a sloping top tube... but you can do this in classic as well. With long reach brakes I can run 28mm tires with Honjo fenders. Wider if you go with canti's (or disc?).

    You can read about the process / decisions I've made on my blog.





    Last edited by bmike; 12-01-06 at 10:30 AM.

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    "The heart was quiet. The charm of a trip of a bicycle was anew felt as comfortable drunkenness from beer in the filled time."

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    + well, infinity on the independent fabrication. I've got a steel club racer which rides like a dream. I've done everything from commuting to loaded touring and I'm training for my first century ride. Their bikes really are pieces of art. I put S&S couplers on mine so I can break the frame down for easier travelling.

    Here it is loaded up for touring.

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    Here's a couple more to add to the mix:

    LiteSpeed Blue Ridge

    and

    Moots Mootour

    Moots loves to do custom, and I'm sure Litespeed would also accomodate.

    Van Nicholas Yukon (based in UK)

    Lynskey Performance Designs is building some really high-end stuff right now (nothing short of IF). I saw my first one last week and was very impressed with the fit and finish. They're ti specialists and only do custom.

    Hope this helps,
    Mike
    Last edited by TruckerMike; 12-29-06 at 03:41 PM.

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