Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Custom Built Bikes

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Custom Built Bikes

Old 12-05-11, 08:01 PM
  #26  
Semper Fidelis
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,000

Bikes: Tiemeyer Road Bike & Ridley Domicles

Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
waterford

serotta
tiemeyer which i still have to build up





HAMMER MAN is offline  
Old 12-06-11, 11:58 AM
  #27  
Senior Member
 
macadamia nut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 201

Bikes: Mondonico '01... Sputnik '08

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts


2001 Mondonico with 2009 Campy Veloce gruppo.
macadamia nut is offline  
Old 12-06-11, 01:47 PM
  #28  
Senior Member
 
blacksquid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 2,174

Bikes: 2007 Pergoretti Marcelo

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My Pegoretti Marcelo is in for a respray by Joes Bicycle Painting in Watsonville, CA. I'll post pics when it's done.
__________________
Visit my blog -->MyOrangeBike
"There is love and there is work, and we only have one heart." Edgar Degas
blacksquid is offline  
Old 12-06-11, 02:37 PM
  #29  
I like beans
 
eippo1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Meffa, MA
Posts: 3,336

Bikes: Tarmac Pro, Bianchi Zurigo, Raleigh Gran Sport, Fuji Del Rey, Ironman Centurion

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Zanconato, Geekhouse, Gaulzetti, Richard Sachs, Winter Bikes, Spectrum Cycles, Coconino, Spooky, Serotta, Independent Fabrications, Firefly, Crumpton, Dornbox, Vendetta, Vulture, Edoz, LLewellyn bikes...

I could go on, but these guys all float to the top for me. Each builder has their own flavor, all build great stuff. For example, I would be happy to just buy some of LLewellyn's custom sculpted lugs to gaze at.


Last edited by eippo1; 12-06-11 at 03:03 PM. Reason: added pic
eippo1 is offline  
Old 12-06-11, 05:08 PM
  #30  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Posts: 15,409

Bikes: Tsunami road bikes, Dolan DF4 track

Liked 183 Times in 104 Posts
Originally Posted by VA_Esquire
What is the appeal of the tsunami other then the custom option?
I will say the black Tsunami is dead sexy. Would make a really awesome crit bike.
I got my Tsunami after a fellow BFer pointed them out to me. I was looking for an inexpensive custom frame where I could get some radical geometry stuff done. Cheap (first one I bought was when the site listed price as $650) and effective.

That black frame was me thinking out loud on paper and in email to the builder.
https://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...hts-ideas.html

Sketches:
https://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...ltrasound.html

I'm totally committed to BB30 (I have two BB30 SRM cranksets) but it's not the best option for Tsunami - I think a standard threaded BB works best because there are facing/cutting tools available for English threaded BBs. There are none for BB30.

The black frame is a fun frame but the orange one is probably a better one (lighter by 200g). If you read the links above I designed the black one to run with no bottles, i.e. just a CamelBak. That didn't happen (it did for the first few races though, including the shot of me on the bike) so now it wears bottles. In that case the aero tubes don't mean diddly.

I hope to ride the two bikes equally next year, switching on whim to experiment with slightly different setups.
carpediemracing is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 07:57 AM
  #31  
Senior Member
 
adrien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 1,210

Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ok, I'll play. Another Ira bike...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
12-_6.jpg (101.5 KB, 33 views)
adrien is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 10:02 AM
  #32  
*
 
adriano's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 6,876

Bikes: https://velospace.org/node/18951

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post

__________________

α
adriano is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 10:23 AM
  #33  
Senior Member
 
Debusama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Posts: 684

Bikes: Elephant custom road bike, 08 Redline D440, Motobecane Fantom cross Uno.

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Mine's more about function than fashion, but the handling and comfort of a bike that actually fits and distributes the weight properly along with the steel ride quality more than compensates for the extra pound of weight penalty over a similarly priced mass produced CF bike. Built here: https://www.elephantbikes.com/
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
New bike (small).jpg (98.4 KB, 35 views)

Last edited by Debusama; 03-28-12 at 10:36 AM.
Debusama is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 10:24 AM
  #34  
I don't know.
 
RB1-luvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: South Meriden, CT
Posts: 2,123

Bikes: '90 B'stone RB-1, '92 B'stone RB-2, '89 SuperGo Access Comp, '03 Access 69er, '23 Trek 520, '14 Ritchey Road Logic, '09 Kestrel Evoke, '08 Windsor Tourist, '17 Surly Wednesday, '89 Centurion Accordo, '15 CruX, '17 Ridley X-Night, '89 Marinoni

Liked 945 Times in 492 Posts
must..........touch...........it..........



this bike is so hot.
RB1-luvr is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 10:25 AM
  #35  
enthusiast
 
JamieElenbaas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern Mississippi for the time being.
Posts: 509

Bikes: 2010 BMC SL 01 Roadracer, 2012 Davidson Tandem

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
My wife and I ordered a custom steel, double diamond, Davidson tandem last night. I'll post construction pictures as they become available.
JamieElenbaas is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 10:29 AM
  #36  
Senior Member
 
DropDeadFred's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,429

Bikes: 2013 orca

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
probably because theres this: https://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...-Framebuilders
DropDeadFred is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 11:11 AM
  #37  
Randomhead
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
Posts: 24,698
Liked 3,908 Times in 2,664 Posts
Originally Posted by DropDeadFred
while the forum description does mention talking about frames, the target audience is for the people that build frames. So a thread talking about people's custom road bikes is better in the 41.
unterhausen is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 07:52 PM
  #38  
Senior Member
 
adrien's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 1,210

Bikes: Firefly custom Road, Ira Ryan custom road bike, Ira Ryan custom fixed gear

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The more I read here, and based on my own experience, the more I realize there are really three categories of custom bikes. In no particular order:

1. Production bikes with custom geometry and paint: these tend to be optional bikes from ranges that also have standard production sizes, and allow for custom geometry. These, in my mind, are mostly those that are made to fit different body shapes, or allow for specific requests for features, like longer top tubes, etc. Here I'm thinking of some of the Colnago line, some semi-production Serrottas, Gunnars and others. Nice choice for those who want a bigger name and a production bike, but made to fit really well.

2. Custom hand-built, based on limited production with specific models. These are the smaller shops who have set up something like a series of models, all of which are custom built for a specific rider, including geometry, and in some cases specific details and paint. Examples for me include things like IF and Pegoretti -- it's a custom bike, yes, but it's a specific model (like a Duende or a Big Leg Emma). Gorgeous machines, unique, and part of a recognizable family tuned for a specific kind of ride.

3. Hand-built one-offs. Maybe the most labor-intensive and longest wait times, these bikes are one-offs. Not a specific model or line, with things like tube and joining choices selected specifically for the rider and the desired characteristics. They tend to be built by individuals or very small teams.

Took me a while, when deciding, to figure this out. All are great in their own way.
adrien is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 08:00 PM
  #39  
weapons-grade bolognium
 
thinktubes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Across the street from Chicago
Posts: 6,399

Bikes: Battaglin Cromor, Ciocc Designer 84, Schwinn Superior 1981

Liked 2,557 Times in 929 Posts
'99 Steelman 853 SR

thinktubes is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 08:37 PM
  #40  
Senior Member
 
rc51crazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Oakfield, TN
Posts: 248

Bikes: Dreesens, Colnago clx 3.0, Trek X-Caliber

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts

My 93 Dreesens, built with Tange Prestige tubing..i updated the components 2 1/2 years ago to Campy Athena 11 spd. I have enjoyed many a mile on this bike and will continue too..even though it has been replaced as my main bike, 2 months ago, it is still a great bike and will never leave me
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
002.jpg (91.6 KB, 27 views)
rc51crazy is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 08:59 PM
  #41  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Posts: 15,409

Bikes: Tsunami road bikes, Dolan DF4 track

Liked 183 Times in 104 Posts
Originally Posted by adrien
3. Hand-built one-offs. Maybe the most labor-intensive and longest wait times, these bikes are one-offs. Not a specific model or line, with things like tube and joining choices selected specifically for the rider and the desired characteristics. They tend to be built by individuals or very small teams.
I love my Tsunamis (and am anxiously awaiting the return of my original one any day now) but my experience with their delivery times have been pretty different from what I expected.

Build time, delivered to my door, is usually 8 weeks. That's really fast for any custom builder, and for one dealing with cancer, that's really incredible. When I sold bikes we (I) dealt with custom Merlins (tagged Spectrums since Tom Kellogg did the specs and finish) and we were talking long, long lead times, like 3 months, 4 months? I forget exactly but it was long.
carpediemracing is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 09:53 PM
  #42  
Senior Member
 
metalheart44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The Northwoods, Wisconsin
Posts: 702

Bikes: Holland Exogrid & Holland HC

Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 6 Posts


My Holland Exogrid ... what a pleasure to ride and a great experience working with Bill and crew to get what I need
metalheart44 is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 10:00 PM
  #43  
Senior Member
 
metalheart44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The Northwoods, Wisconsin
Posts: 702

Bikes: Holland Exogrid & Holland HC

Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 6 Posts
[IMG]
IMG_0099 by placervilleflickr, on Flickr[/IMG]

Ok .. this is my Holland
metalheart44 is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 10:50 PM
  #44  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NYC
Posts: 624
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
What's with the HOLLAND? Does it ride as good as it looks (and costs)? What are the riding characteristics compared to a normal carbon monocoque bike? vs a Ti bike?
rushbikes is offline  
Old 03-28-12, 11:20 PM
  #45  
0_o
ugg
 
0_o's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: CA- bayarea
Posts: 601

Bikes: Steelman road & a plastic Pedal Force ZX3

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by thinktubes
'99 Steelman 853 SR

+1 on Brent Steelman custom made bikes

My 2005 Steelman
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
Clipboard.jpg (95.5 KB, 11 views)
File Type: jpg
steelmanbike2.jpg (76.9 KB, 11 views)
0_o is offline  
Old 03-29-12, 08:42 AM
  #46  
Le Crocodile
 
Erzulis Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Santa Barbara Calif.
Posts: 1,874
Liked 793 Times in 312 Posts
Originally Posted by kimconyc
Fitted by A. Hampsten, final design by S. Hampsten, welded by Max Kullaway (Merlin/Seven), built up by me!



Holy smokes! That is a fantastic ride! Elegant, understated, and pure quality. The Campagnolo was the perfect choice. The couplers are blended perfectly too.
Erzulis Boat is offline  
Old 03-29-12, 08:43 AM
  #47  
Senior Member
 
DropDeadFred's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 4,429

Bikes: 2013 orca

Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by unterhausen
while the forum description does mention talking about frames, the target audience is for the people that build frames. So a thread talking about people's custom road bikes is better in the 41.
in that case mine is custom
DropDeadFred is offline  
Old 03-29-12, 08:50 AM
  #48  
Le Crocodile
 
Erzulis Boat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Santa Barbara Calif.
Posts: 1,874
Liked 793 Times in 312 Posts
Originally Posted by adriano
Don't like the housing color choice, but the frame lines are really well done.
The rear triangle is proportional, and the seatstays connect with the seat-tube at the right spot. The straight forks were the right choice too. Simple and clean. I like it.
Erzulis Boat is offline  
Old 03-29-12, 08:52 AM
  #49  
Senior Member
 
metalheart44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: The Northwoods, Wisconsin
Posts: 702

Bikes: Holland Exogrid & Holland HC

Likes: 0
Liked 8 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by rushbikes
What's with the HOLLAND? Does it ride as good as it looks (and costs)? What are the riding characteristics compared to a normal carbon monocoque bike? vs a Ti bike?
Can't compare to carbon, but the bike was designed to be a smooth stable ride. It is all that, a very comfortable, but responsive ride with good acceleration when I need it. No complaints and worth every penny
metalheart44 is offline  
Old 03-29-12, 09:15 AM
  #50  
Tiocfáidh ár Lá
 
jfmckenna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: The edge of b#
Posts: 5,480

Bikes: A whole bunch-a bikes.

Liked 124 Times in 77 Posts
Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat
Don't like the housing color choice, but the frame lines are really well done.
The rear triangle is proportional, and the seatstays connect with the seat-tube at the right spot. The straight forks were the right choice too. Simple and clean. I like it.
Love the disk brakes too.
jfmckenna is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.