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Old 03-12-22, 07:01 AM
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Great, wonderful, and awesome pictures! Thank you very much for sharing them!
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Meanwhile, morning in Memphis... A cup of coffee, cat in lap, reading this with a dose of envy on the side. Great thread.
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I would say that Olivier is never wrong about anything related to bicycles….especially his own….but he is off the mark on the stem. The Alex Singer stems are fabulous…

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I totally agree, but they're apparently a major PIA to make.
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I totally agree, but they're apparently a major PIA to make.
Yeah, I didn't really understand that until I made a couple stems myself! And now I hate making stems!

The Singer stem is a bit easier to make than some out there. The Jack Taylor stem, for example, has even more parts/brazes/miters.
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Incredible! Thank you for taking the time to share all of this.


Some of his chainwhips are just like the one I made for myself.
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Really excellent story and photoshoot. Much appreciated!
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Originally Posted by poprad View Post

That's my bike's spec sheet
Those numbers look very familiar to me.

What length are the chainstays?
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Madame Singer's bike. 28/24 wheels





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Coordinated Chaos in that space.
The place would never pass a LA County fire or building and safety inspection.

Really appreciate the broken tile flooring.
That wall mounted lathe, chain drive then belt... what a conception.
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Now the question is, do I start a new thread for a major update with tons of pics, or just put that here?
Keep it all in this thread, of course! Gotta get it this one out to 10 pages or more for an epic build like this, don't you know

I'm biased because I'm subscribed.

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Originally Posted by non-fixiieThose numbers look [i
very [/i]familiar to me.

What length are the chainstays?
I haven't the foggiest, but hopefully soon I can just walk over and measure them!
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I haven't the foggiest, but hopefully soon I can just walk over and measure them!
Fantastic, you will never have a better experience in life imo, an appreciation for frame building is one that will stay with you for the rest of your life and is so satisfying you may never equal it.
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The details are so well sorted with a Singer….even the smallest ones.As an example….Something that can be a problem with centerpull brakes is flex. It can really destroy the responsiveness. At Singer they take care of the flex from the stirrup and the rear cable hanger with robust brazed on fittings, but for the front that cannot be done. Dissatisfied with the commercially available ( both from the past and today) they make their own front hangers. The design has been essentially unchanged for years and it is brilliant. They are incredibly stiff and light as well. The drop piece is not a solid rod but tubing. It is such a small detail, but none of them are overlooked.

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Speaking of details…The Singer racks are great. They are very stiff making a great foundation for mounting a bag ( and of course lights ) Mine is the smallest model of front rack suitable for small to medium sized handlebar bag. It also has the removable mounting bracket for a battery powered headlight of the type that you would normally mount on the bars, but here it is mounted away from your hands and where the bag will not create a big shadow.



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Speaking of details…The Singer racks are great. They are very stiff making a great foundation for mounting a bag ( and of course lights ) Mine is the smallest model of front rack suitable for small to medium sized handlebar bag. It also has the removable mounting bracket for a battery powered headlight of the type that you would normally mount on the bars, but here it is mounted away from your hands and where the bag will not create a big shadow.
Thanks, nice to see what that will look like. He described it but I was having difficulty understanding how it could work with the bag installed...now it makes more sense> Do you have a generator light as well?
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Thanks, nice to see what that will look like. He described it but I was having difficulty understanding how it could work with the bag installed...now it makes more sense> Do you have a generator light as well?
I don’t have a generator setup for that bike. I have a Meral camper that is set up for a generator, although one forty years old. If I were going that route today, I would do exactly as you have done with the Velogical….and, of course, Olivier’s setup for it is very clean and has the look of somebody who thought out the whole process properly. (


Photo of the Meral dynamo setup)
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That is a very cool setup,thanks for those pics
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Keep up the good work! And in the older days before there were Anglo coffee shops, we always stopped at Verlet for a kilo or two. Not a fresh roaster, no dates, but very good light roasted, excellently sourced beans. Even from St Helena, Napoleon said that was the only good thing on the island.
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My kid is heading to Paris in a couple weeks and I suggested he stop at Singer's shop
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I have a hunch as you are a " local" customer, you might have jumped a few on the waitlist.
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I'ts even possible that a fine bottle of Bourbon that made its way to the shop for the holidays may have assisted in that vein.
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I'ts even possible that a fine bottle of Bourbon that made its way to the shop for the holidays may have assisted in that vein.
The slick lubrication properties of Bourbon.
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For anyone who just can't get enough I uploaded a whole set of hi-res pics to my Flickr album:

Alex Singer Cycles

They're all public, enjoy!

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Thanks for the Flickr link poprad I spent some time looking at your Chemin des Dames Album. I would love to visit "The Dragon Cave" someday.
Simply amazing tour you documented there. I have always been interested in the history of WW1 and it's after affects.
I was fortunate to spend a full day exploring the Verdun area about 20 years ago. It was a very moving experience.
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