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11:18AM

Bikes to England & Bikes for Sale

The Bespoked Handmade Bicycle Show in London is right around the corner. The show is from 11 - 13 April at the Lee Valley Velodrome. I'm really excited that I'm going to be a part of this event.

I'll be taking two bikes to show. One frame set, and a complete bike. Both are for sale. Both deserve a good home. 

The first bike I'll discuss is a road bike frame set.Road Bike, Show Bike

 

 The bike has stainless steel seat stays, chain stays, stainless fork legs and dropouts front and rear. The stays and legs have been polished and masked to give the bike the classic look of old chromed and painted bikes. But, in this case, the chrome will never peel. Also, look closely at the logo -- it's also stainless steel, brazed and polished. 

This frame is for sale, and comes with a few extras, including Paul Components Racer Medium brakes, a Chris King headset, Paul Comp. "Tall 'n Handsome" seat post, polished. It also has Honjo fenders, and a polished frame pump. The front rack and stem are also included. The asking price for all this is $4350. Please contact me if you are interested, or see me at the show in London. 

The frame dimensions are as follows: seat tube, 605 mm; top tube 590 mm; frame angles, 73 degree head tube, 73 seat tube; fork offset 58 mm; max. wheel size without fender 700 x 30c; with fender 700 x 28c; stem length 105mm with zero rise; chain stay length 420 mm; bb, British thread; standover height 855 mm. 

 Here is a link to more photos of the bike. (This link will navigate you away from this page. You'll have to use your "back" button to return to ahearnecycles.com)

 

The other bike I'm bringing to the show is the stainless steel touring bike.  

Stainless Steel Touring

I've talked about this bike in some detail already. You can see a the previous post about it here. Or, you can see a link to many more photos here (again, this link takes you away from the ahearnecycles.com website. You'll have to come use the "back" button to return, or open a new window -- sorry about that!)

I haven't yet decided what the price for this bike will be. As you can see, there is a lot going on, and a lot of hours, not to mention love (and fury) went into its construction. If you think this bike might be something you'd like to own, then let's discuss it. I'm happy to describe the features for you. There are many. 

The specs are as follows: This bike has a 620 mm seat tube, a 575mm top tube. The wheels are 26", and there is clearance for large tires. The seat angle is 73.5 degrees, head tube is 72 degrees. Fork offset is 60 mm. The standover is 880 mm as it now is. 

Please send all inquiries to: info (at) ahearnecycles.com

 

 

2:08PM

Byron's Rack Build

Big Rack, Top ViewHere is a series of photos of a rack I'm in the process of constructing. It's a large fixed front rack, meaning it's brazed to the head tube of the bike. This allows for more weight to be carried up front, and that the bike will still be stable a sure. It's the same principle as is with the Cycle Truck

This particular rack is a low-rail, basket style, for versatility of load carrying. I still have to build a rear rack for the bike, but we're getting close to the end now. Brazed To The Head Tube

I hope you enjoy seeing the process of how racks like this come together. It's quite a job figuring it all out.  

9:47PM

Why I Love My Cycle Truck 

Here are a couple more reasons why the Cycle Truck is still one of my favorite bikes. Basically because it's so useful.Carrying a frame to Fedex

People I pass always double-take when I've got something large on the front of my Cycle Truck. People often point, and laugh, or nod their heads. I like the head-nodders because I think they're saying to themselves, "That makes sense. I want to do that!"

 

Cycle Truck and Chop Saw

If I didn't have this bike, I'd have to drive the half mile to the shipping office, or I wouldn't be able to carry my chop saw home to work on the house. I've ridden people on the front, to take them or pick them up from the train. I even had to deliver my shop mate, Chris Igleheart, to the hospital after he was hit by a car. Cycle Truck as gurney. Fortunately, he's back in action now. 

Countless times, countless uses, it's so liberating not to have to drive.

 

9:20AM

Gonzo On My Flask!

This logo was sent to me recently by someone wanting a custom engraved flask. It's my new favorite. Who better to have with you on a ride? Who better to have holding your drink?

Gonzo lives!

Gonzo Flask!

9:56AM

It's a New Year

2014!

The holidays have come and gone. There was a lot of work to do, so I spent a good portion of the Frenetic Season of Shopping at the workshop, away from it all. I'm not even sure how it feels yet, to be in 2014. It's kind of like putting on a new shirt. It may look different, but it feels about the same. 

I’ve got a busy few months ahead of me. This coming Monday the 6th I begin teaching a brazing class at UBI. And I'll be teaching another class in March. Between now and then I have several bikes on the build list. 

One bike in particular that I need to build will be going with me to the Bespoked Bicycle Show in London. I recently bought a plane ticket to England for the show, which is from April 11 - 14.  

The Bespoked Show was in Bristol the past couple of years, but because of the increasing number of builders showing their wares, and because of the increased attendance, they've had to change venues. It sounds like the popularity of hand made bicycles, and the number of builders, is really starting to take off in the UK, and in Europe in general. That’s awesome, especially since that’s where the tradition and roots of the hand made bicycle craft really began. 

This years' show will be in London, at the Lee Valley Velodrome, which is where the 2012 Olympic track racing was held. I guess we’ll be showing on the floor down in the center of the track. Pretty cool. I'm very excited to go and be a part of it.

Another noteworthy subject is the bike that I’m working on right now. It’s so very close to being finished, and I’m excited about it, which maybe isn’t anything new. I get excited about most things that I build. But this one has really got me going. It’s an off road 650b bike, for touring. It’s not a new subject, but it’s a cool bike, nonetheless. Like a lot of bikes I make, I take a bunch of classic elements and put them together with my own spin and interpretation on the design. I’ll get some photos up in the next little while. 

Alright, that’s it for now. I hope you all had a perfect holiday. 

Happy New Year!