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Brian Chapman post on flickr about C&V...

Brian's work is exquisite, unique, and well balanced. I follow his posts on flickr, found this one amusing.

"Vintage bike enthusiasts are a funny folk. They have way too much knowledge about the minutia of every bicycle component—when it was produced, how it was modified over the years, and which one is appropriate for each era. I find it endearing when people have this knowledge."

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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Brian's work is exquisite, unique, and well balanced. I follow his posts on flickr, found this one amusing.

"Vintage bike enthusiasts are a funny folk. They have way too much knowledge about the minutia of every bicycle component—when it was produced, how it was modified over the years, and which one is appropriate for each era. I find it endearing when people have this knowledge."

https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapma...875562/in/feed
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That is a picture of the future for some of us. Kinda makes me think.
I'm not worried about the knowledge cause that will not be a problem for me. The pile is the worry.

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That is a picture of the future for some of us. Kinda makes me think.
I'm not worried about the knowledge cause that will not be a problem for me. The pile is the worry.

I'd worry about the mustache as well.
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He has a cat, this makes him fit in here perfectly. Hope Billy will perhaps join in, if he isn't already lurking about.

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If the man has a cat, well then he’s A okay with me.

Maybe quirky, in a fun, intelligent way.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame View Post
He has a cat, this makes him fit in here perfectly.

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Our 18-year-old Siamese "catmudgeon" would agree. (He also does a good job of herding an 11-year-old Australian cattle dog who weighs 4 times as much as he does.)
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Brian's work is exquisite, unique, and well balanced. I follow his posts on flickr, ....
I enjoyed the photo of Billy and his collection too... but I thought I'd add that I appreciate how Brian takes the time to take photos that are carefully composed and considered. Perhaps it's just an extension of the general appreciation of aesthetics required for the job?

Here's a random example....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapmancycles/24671200218


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Maybe its the internetz but it sounds a bit of a conflicted statement. Though he does go on to say how Sheldon did such a great job of compiling info.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Brian's work is exquisite, unique, and well balanced. I follow his posts on flickr, found this one amusing.

"Vintage bike enthusiasts are a funny folk. They have way too much knowledge about the minutia of every bicycle component—when it was produced, how it was modified over the years, and which one is appropriate for each era. I find it endearing when people have this knowledge."

https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapma...875562/in/feed
He is without question one of the guys I'd be considering for a custom...and I think, given the quality, his pricing is quite reasonable.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy View Post
I enjoyed the photo of Billy and his collection too... but I thought I'd add that I appreciate how Brian takes the time to take photos that are carefully composed and considered. Perhaps it's just an extension of the general appreciation of aesthetics required for the job?

Here's a random example....
https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapmancycles/24671200218


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I think you're dead on. His photos stand on their own without requiring one to be a bike geek to appreciate. I'd like to add that he's an extremely nice person as well. I met him at FFD this last October. One of @nlerner's buddies has a Chapman, he road with us on our bike trip and couldn't say enough nice things about him.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
... One of @nlerner's buddies has a Chapman, he road with us on our bike trip and couldn't say enough nice things about him.


There's some high calorie eye candy on that flickr page. The level of workmanship is kinda intimidating.
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I'd worry about the mustache as well.
lip fairing keeps the head down in tight curves.
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I suspect the Mixte he made for iab using the exquisite collection of vintage parts and iab's encyclopedic knowledge about them might have been the basis for that post. I was lucky enough to speak w/ Brian at the Boston Builder's Ball about Mrs. Iab's mixte. Brian was awed by the knowledge and specificity that went into that build. He was frank about enjoying the challenge of incorporating Iab's vision with the exigency of the build. It was the sweetest of eye candy for the rest of us.
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Some crazy stuff!

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to follow up on @rhm's post....

here's a shot of a tandem crank by Brian from the 2016 Classic Rendezvous gathering (mounted on a tandem that he built)....



It wasn't obvious when I was looking at the tandem, but Brian fabricated the crank arms himself. Pretty darned nice work! I think I'd feel quite guilty if I dropped the chain onto the crank arm while shifting!

and just for reference, here are the three bikes he had on display during the seminar...




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Love the cat in the window! My two spend a lot of their days looking outside.
Regarding us strange folk, I was reminded of this quote...
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“An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he knows absolutely everything about nothing.”


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I suspect the Mixte he made for iab using the exquisite collection of vintage parts and iab's encyclopedic knowledge about them might have been the basis for that post.
Nah. Brian likes to hang out with Billy (who is not lurking as he does not do the internet). As you can see, Billy has quite the collection and knowledge of most everything vintage.

At best I confirmed us C&V folk are loons.
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Nah. Brian likes to hang out with Billy (who is not lurking as he does not do the internet). As you can see, Billy has quite the collection and knowledge of most everything vintage.

It was a long shot, just trying to cover all the bases.

At best I confirmed us C&V folk are loons.

Roger that, its a given, like a physical constant-say Avogadro's number, or Boyle's gas constant
Agreed about the Mrs. iab's mixte being one of the truly great ones!

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"Vintage bike enthusiasts are a funny folk. They have way too much knowledge about the minutia of every bicycle component—when it was produced, how it was modified over the years, and which one is appropriate for each era. I find it endearing when people have this knowledge."
Holy ****, that's me- minus the "endearing" part.
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Some crazy stuff!

Wow. That's my dream crankset! Don't know how I missed this. I've thought for years it would be nice if someone made something like the old Bullseye crankset, but with ovalized arms and a bit more refinement. Unbeknownst to me, Brian Chapman has done it! I wonder if he used fork blades for the arms or something else. Makes more sense in many ways than modern hollow aluminum cranks.
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
Wow. That's my dream crankset! Don't know how I missed this. I've thought for years it would be nice if someone made something like the old Bullseye crankset, but with ovalized arms and a bit more refinement. Unbeknownst to me, Brian Chapman has done it! I wonder if he used fork blades for the arms or something else. Makes more sense in many ways than modern hollow aluminum cranks.
Yeah, that was pretty much exactly my reaction.
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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
Wow. That's my dream crankset! Don't know how I missed this. I've thought for years it would be nice if someone made something like the old Bullseye crankset, but with ovalized arms and a bit more refinement. Unbeknownst to me, Brian Chapman has done it! I wonder if he used fork blades for the arms or something else. Makes more sense in many ways than modern hollow aluminum cranks.
The canti arms he made in a similar fashion for that bike are incredible as well. Check the google I'm sure you can find some shots of them.
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Here's a steel stem Brian made for me last year. I hated lugged steel stems until I saw how nice and understated he made his. He adapted a Campagnolo chain-ring bolt for the quill hardware which is a really nice touch as well.



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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
I wonder if he used fork blades for the arms or something else.

Reynolds tandem chain stays


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A genius and a wizard imho, looks to me like he could have invented C+V minutae, absolutely stunning, all of it.
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