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Old 12-16-16, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by toavii
Any ideas on this?
Found this post from an echelon_john here:
frame builder confessions - Page 5

Might be the guy,might not.

*EDIT* The Circle A he mentions is in Providence RI so if you're serious about tracking this guy down they might be able to help you. https://www.circleacycles.com/

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Default Re: frame builder confessions

Not to hijack the thread--but maybe my experience would be valuable to share. I am one of those 'newbie' builders who is passionate about bikes, went to UBI, hung out a shingle, and has a love/hate relationship with building. I don't know if anyone's offered a perspective from that side of the equation yet, so I will.

In terms of background, I've been around bikes my whole life. Raced as a teen/young adult, never did all that well, but LOVED it. Worked in bike shops through high school and college; asst. managed a shop in DC after school, rode across the country, helped out as a fill-in mechanic for a domestic pro women's team, did the first several years of 24hrs of Canaan....in short, really a huge part of my life. After college, though, the pressure (familial, self) to get a 'professional' job and make money on a scale greater than what I saw available in cycling dragged me away, and I became (relatively) successful as a marketing copywriter/creative director.

Fast forward 10 years, I'm working for myself, I have the money, I have the flexibility in my schedule, I have a wife who gives me the space and emotional support I need to figure out what will really make me happy, and I decide to finally do something about my desire to build frames. I had been getting to know the guys at Circle A and, for the first time, got to see the process of framebuilding as a customer/observer first hand. Signed up for the UBI course, spent two weeks in Ashland, built a frame, did the TIG course...with my eyes wide open as far as that experience just giving me the most basic education, and that there would be an endless amount to learn. Got some equipment, got insurance, and brazed countless practice joints. Ripped them apart. Did them again. Built frames for the cost of materials for my closest riding friends and their references. Did about 20 in the first two years. Learned a ton. Made lots of mistakes. Took way too long to do processes that now go much more quickly. Never sent anything out that I wasn't 100% confident in, and if there were ever a doubt, it got cut up for scrap and redone. Then the circle expanded, and I was selling to people who had heard my name on the Internet or through friends. So I upped my pricing to what I felt was appropriate for a still-new builder and built more frames.

Fast forward a few more years, and the business was going fine; customers trickling in by word of mouth/from my website. But as the circle expanded, the pressure to 'Produce' with a capital P definitely took a lot of the pleasure away. I didn't have a volume of business that meant lots of paperwork or anything. But just the shift from someone who viewed himself as a serious hobbyist to one who viewed himself (and who was viewed by customers) as a semi-pro/part-time pro meant that deadlines weren't just guidelines, that there was pressure on every aspect of the building process that, while I could get it right, took me longer than it should have.

If you're still reading, the point I'm finally getting to is that, in the intervening years, riding became less and less pleasurable to me as it became tied into the framebuilding somehow. So for a number of years, I basically didn't ride. I would use the time I would have been riding to work on frames (since I was/am still working as a marketing consultant/freelancer) and resent having to do that. I finally reached a point where I wasn't riding, I was building frames because I felt like I had to (to justify the expense/time I'd put into learning/creating the shop, etc) instead of because I wanted to, and I was generally just stressed out and not in a good head-space.

So I backed off. I took my website down for now. I decided not to actively promote the framebuilding or look for new customers. I'm still building bikes, but on a limited basis. Inquiries still come in, and I'm very honest with potential customers about where I'm at. Some choose to move ahead, fully informed, and have been generally super-pleased with their bikes and the experience. Others want someone who is more fully (full-time) engaged in building, and that's cool with me. I started building more wheels for folks in the last couple of years, and now find that to be really satisfying; smaller time commitment, I feel like my product can compete at the highest levels, and have made a lot of folks happy without promoting the service too much or biting off more than I can chew.

The best part is that I'm riding again and having a great time; lots of fun mountain biking, reconnecting with riding friends, etc. Somehow I feel like I've gotten to a point where I'm comfortable saying that "I build some bike frames" without the weight (or other baggage/assumptions) that come with referring to oneself as a 'framebuilder.' Maybe that sounds like a small distinction, but to me it lets me breathe easier.

Any others have similar experiences? How did you find balance/peace? What aspects do you still love/feel passionate about?

This felt good to write.

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Campy parts, made in Italy sticker, pantographed stem, chromed stay. EDIT: didn't see the cantilever brakes until now- must be a cyclocross model. Very cool!

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Originally Posted by Clang
Campy parts, made in Italy sticker, pantographed stem, chromed stay. EDIT: didn't see the cantilever brakes until now- must be a cyclocross model. Very cool!

Bianchi - $200 (santa cruz, CA)

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Sweet deal. Sell the Rally RD, and keep the bike for free.
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Originally Posted by Clang
Campy parts, made in Italy sticker, pantographed stem, chromed stay. EDIT: didn't see the cantilever brakes until now- must be a cyclocross model. Very cool!

Bianchi - $200 (santa cruz, CA)

Bianchi

Am I the only one who thinks that fork is bent?
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TREK 510

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TREK 510

trek 510, $200 OBO. About 15 similar photos
If you posted this one in the "Wacky" thread it would probably get a good reception.
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Bob Jackson Road Bike - $400 (keyport area)

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Originally Posted by thumpism
Additional clearance for the rear rack and especially the panniers? Maybe at the risk of reduced heel clearance. Those look like Mafac tandem cantilevers, so that might be a consideration.
That was likely the thinking. I had the big Mafac cantilevers on my old touring bike and they do stick out quite a bit. In practice they didn't really interfere with the bags, but having them more out of the way would have been slick. Besides, custom frames are supposed to have custom features.
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nice condition, flamboyant red Raleigh Carlton Super Course, produced in the Carlton Workshop factory, the model is TT, original with the tubular rims.
Reynolds 531 main tubing, 23 1/2" frame.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
If you posted this one in the "Wacky" thread it would probably get a good reception.
Also kind of odd that the wheels seem to have been changed but the bar wrap looks original.
That bike is 10 mins away from me, by the way.
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Originally Posted by Pemetic2006
Also kind of odd that the wheels seem to have been changed but the bar wrap looks original.
That bike is 10 mins away from me, by the way.
I can't tell from his marvelous pix, but if he didn't bother to rearrange the bike for the different photos I doubt he'd have bothered to change the wheels.

You should go see it and report back.
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I can't tell from his marvelous pix, but if he didn't bother to rearrange the bike for the different photos I doubt he'd have bothered to change the wheels.

You should go see it and report back.
The catalog says black anodized Matrix wheels and to me the wheels pictured don't look black, I may be wrong.
I may check it out but not today.......freezing rain and sleet.
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Originally Posted by Kactus
Am I the only one who thinks that fork is bent?
no but it is sold already
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Nate has a nice carbon Bik for you!

* Giant Cadex CFR-2 Road bike *

Giant Cadex CFR-2 Road bike * - $300 (Lynchburg va)



This is the premiere vintage CARBON road bike. Made in 1993, this Giant Cadex CFR-2 is made from lugged carbon fiber tubes . Very lightweight! The perfect entry level road bike! It's light and modern enough to be competitive and at the same time very affordably priced. 57cm frame, best for men or women about 5'5 to 5'8 ish depending on inseam.

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57cm lugged carbon frame, 14 speed, Full Shimano RX100 parts groups (Very fast), smooth and fast wheel set (Wolber rims/Shimano lx hubs).

This Giant is in great shape for it's age! Fully functional and no problems. The perfect gift for that bike enthusiast in your life

I have just fully reconditioned and cleaned this bike in my shop. I installed new bar tape and a new chain. This Giant will ride smoothly for many years to come. Please call or text show contact info . Thank you and Merry Christmas! Nathan from Nate's Biks
These were one of the models that gave CF a bad name...

Was in a ride where two broke on climbs on the same day...a local team had em', forget which, I was behind a dude on one and it broke in half in front of us. Another kid from the team broke his about 20 minutes later...same way.
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I don't know the first thing about Falcon of England, but this is pretty: shopgoodwill.com - #35503082 - Falcon Of England Bicycle 22” - 12/21/2016 6:08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Kactus
Am I the only one who thinks that fork is bent?
it may be bent ever so slightly but a good bike shop can usually bend those back.
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I think one of you Minneapolitans need to run over and grab this.

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I think one of you Minneapolitans need to run over and grab this.

MOTOBECANE JUBILE SPORT *Campagnolo* *Vitus 888*
Wow, no kidding! Big bike, though. 25" = 63.5cm
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Wow, no kidding! Big bike, though. 25" = 63.5cm
Yeah, I saw that. My 32" inseam is a deal-breaker on that one. Otherwise I would be sorely tempted
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Cannondale fans, rejoice!

For I bring you many ads of good pricing!

Holy smokes, with deals like these, it's like I should stock up on them for Spring time...if I had the space...

Buy these to ride (and enjoy!) or restore/refurbish and send back out on the road for a little extra money in your pocket:

Early ST for $250 with Suntour Superbe brake levers and calipers, Suntour Sprint FD/RD/Accushift DT shifters. Beautiful shape, blurry pictures.


Crit 3.0 frame "Black Inc." according to seller. Looks to be in great shape, ONLY $125?!?


Early crit/road C'dale in 63cm form for just $200. Beautiful color, great shape, new pricey Brooks saddle ($120) that's barely been ridden. Buy, replace seat, sell for same price--get a Brooks for free. Cyclone bits, including crankset...[edit, may just contact the seller!


C600. Not as stupid good a deal as the previous ones, but a nice color combo (purple/black) and in serviceable shape. $200.


And one final thing: If you're looking for a Campagnolo Syncro or Syncro II DT shift levers in great shape for only $30, look no further!
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
These were one of the models that gave CF a bad name...

Was in a ride where two broke on climbs on the same day...a local team had em', forget which, I was behind a dude on one and it broke in half in front of us. Another kid from the team broke his about 20 minutes later...same way.
Ha ha you have to think the weak ones have been culled out by now!

That one is in my neck of the woods if anyone is interested.
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Centurion Pro Tour 15 - $80 (Seattle, WA)

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