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Old 11-20-21, 02:14 PM
Bike Butcher of Portland
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Bike details

Most of you are probably less interested in seeing how a bike butcher from Portland builds a rack than seeing details of a 70 year old classic and rare Rene Herse, so here you go!

Custom hand filed lugs

Hand lettered logo

Drive train. Rene Herse cranks and front derailleur.

Maxi-car hubs

Rene Herse proprietary stem

Rene Herse brakes

It was an honor and a challenge to have someone trust a rare and classic bike to me for a pair of custom racks. I spent a lot more time than usual studying the design before starting. This one had to look right! Rather than creating a mirror finish on my buffing wheel, the owner and I decided to make the racks look like they were made 70 year ago, so I polished them up, then knocked down the finish with some scotchbrite and fine steel wool.
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
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