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.