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Old 03-18-10, 12:32 AM   #1
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I am a bad man...

She rolled into my shop this morning.. all blue and silver with beautifully thinned lugs and gracefully curved stays, and one could not help but be struck at her petite size of a mere 48 cm.

Reynolds 531 is a beautiful material with which to build a bicycle as it is light and strong, the touring fork is also hand built as and what sets this frame further apart is the fact the hubs are also hand built.

The rear wheel is remarkable as it it something one would expect on a tandem and not such a petite touring bicycle... it has 9 speeds with nearly no dish because the hub spacing is 140mm.

It is a freewheel hub that has no compatibility issues... stronger than a cassette because of some masterful design work and better quality materials... and cartridge bearings that sit farther outboard than normal.

Brilliant... and as smooth as warm butter on glass.

This is a one of a kind gem... the work of a modern constructeur... and she now rests in my shop waiting for sunshine so I can take a few pictures for you all.

I know... I'm evil.
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Old 03-18-10, 01:15 AM   #2
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you must be lost. im sure the freaks at http://bikeporntour.blogspot.com/ would enjoy your dirty talk much more.
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Anyone who seen the Leprechaun say YEAH......Yeah!
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Are you a bad man...

... to lust after said bike? I think that depends on how you interpret "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's bicycle." But since you're asking what I think, then: no. Perfectly okay to lust after it. But bearing in mind that one thing leads to another, maybe you were asking if you are a bad man...


... to take inspiration from it, and duplicate it for your daughter's use? No, that would be fine. We'll want pictures, of course.

... to photograph and post it on the internet without the owner's permission? Uh, this may be problematic from an ethical standpoint, but I'll look at the pictures.

... to steal the bike? Yes, that would be bad. But we know you weren't thinking along those lines, so let's not even go there.


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Are you a bad man...

... to lust after said bike? I think that depends on how you interpret "thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's bicycle." But since you're asking what I think, then: no. Perfectly okay to lust after it. But bearing in mind that one thing leads to another, maybe you were asking if you are a bad man...
It is not my neighbour's bicycle and does not belong to anyone...

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... to take inspiration from it, and duplicate it for your daughter's use? No, that would be fine. We'll want pictures, of course.
My oldest daughter could ride this bike as it is and there is a very good chance I will be able to duplicate it in the future.

It is snowing today so no pictures, unless it clears up.

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I have permission.

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I just wanted to drive you nuts.

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Oh, I see. So the complete statement is, "I am a bad man ..." because

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I just wanted to drive you nuts.

Duh.

Looking forward to the pics, though!
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Just received these pics (from the frame builder) and have to take some of my own... figuring to build up this frame with some classic looking parts instead of the one's shown.





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Wow nice. Should ride like a dream. Is it a local frame builder?
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I can't help but hear Rick James in my head.... "she's a super freak, yow"


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Just received these pics (from the frame builder) and have to take some of my own... figuring to build up this frame with some classic looking parts instead of the one's shown.





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Hi Sixty Fiver (keith I assume), that looks like a Arvon bike. Just the other day I saw one of his touring tandems down by the Mill Creek Cafe. It was one sweet looking ride. I wished I had the loot for him to build me a touring frame to replace my Trek 520 ( not that it is a bad bike).


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Wow nice. Should ride like a dream. Is it a local frame builder?
I am lining up a test pilot who can fit such a small frame (my little sister rides a 48cm road bike).

Arvon Cycles is Arvon Stacey, a local framebuilder who had been building frames for close to 30 years now.

I am looking forward to being able to work with him this summer.
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Really wild!

I have some misgivings about the curvy rack stays; wouldn't straight be stronger? I love the way the rear brake is attached.
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