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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

 

 

7:46AM

Stainless Steel Touring Bike

This bike has gotten a lot of attention so far in its short life. People seem to like shiny things, and this one does indeed shine. Beyond being blindingly bright, there are so many details that I figured I ought to lay it out for those who might be interested. The bike is mostly finished. There are a couple more bags that need to be made, and a decaleur that will mount off the stem -- in this sense it is still a work in progress. So, here's the low-down:Stainless Steel Touring

Spork Head Tube BadgeThe frame and fork are made from KVA stainless steel. The split-plate fork crown is made from laser cut stainless.  The racks and stem are made from chromoly steel, and were polished and chromed.

The bike has 26" wheels (international standard -- this is a touring bike, after all), disc brakes, a connectorless front generator hub made by Schmidt. That means that there is no plug to worry about when changing a flat tire. The wire runs from the inner face of the dropout directly into the fork leg. The front and rear lights are powered off the hub, and the wiring is all internal.Breakaway Binder

The frame is a breakaway style, with a coupler on the down tube, and a breakaway point on the seat tube. The seat post is integral to the structure of this system, which is brilliant and simple (No, I didn't invent this. Neither did Tom Ritchey -- it came from way further back than even his design). The seat stays come in below the seat tube breaking point, and the rear rack stays attach higher up on the seat tube, where seat stays would normally be. This gives the bike the appearance of having a traditional rear triangle, and serves to support the rear rack. 

Front Rack & LightThe front rack has an upper deck that can be used intependantly of the low riders, which are detachable. The rack supports the fender and the front light. The rear rack has an integrated u-lock holder. Notice the leather sleeve on the lock shackle. This was made by Dirt Jr., right here in Portland. I plan to put these up for sale on my website soon. They look so much nicer than what comes with the lock. We're working on a vegan option as well. 

Rear Rack & Lock HolderThe frame uses traditional tubing dimensions (1" top tube; 1 1/8" down & seat tubes), and has a straight truss, or second, top tube. This supports the head tube and seat tube, stabilizing the ride for weight bearing, particularly when the bike is fully loaded with bags. The space between the two top tubes was an ideal place to add storage, and the frame bag was custom made by Black Star Bags here in Portland. There's enough capacity in this bag to carry a couple of tubes, maybe even a folding tire, tire levers, patches, a multi-tool, energy bars, phone, etc. 

Stainless LogoThe down tube logo is also stainless steel, laser cut and brazed on. It took three of us to keep it set while brazing. Next time, I need to video record the process. I left the panel around the logo exactly as it looks right after brazing, without polish. That gives it the burnt, dirty look, which really stands out nicely.

There is a polished titanium spork head tube badge that is removable, and fully functional. People who ride bikes have to eat, right?Stainless Steel Touring

Part of the reason I built this bike was because I hadn't yet seen a really utilitarian bicycle made from stainless steel. Stainless is expensive, and the amount of time and labor required to bring it to a mirror finish was ridiculous, but the final product is so striking that I believe it was worth it. I hope you agree. I would like to see the same style bicycle, or something worthy of commuting, made from stainless steel and with a brushed finish. Everything Shiny!

Polished StemAnother reason I built this bike was because I was invited by the Portland Art Museum to display a couple of bicycles along with the Cyclepedia exhibit this past summer, 2013. It was an honor to be invited, and I wanted to make something that I believed was worthy of being shown in such a prestigeous museum.

Here above is the photo series from my flickr site. There are a few repeats, but I chose to use them all, because each of them looks so good. Photo credit goes to Anthony Bareno. He took all these in the studio at Velo Cult. He said it was the most difficult bike he's ever shot. Too many reflections. If only there were some way to photograph this bike in the dark! Please check back in the future to get a full ride report. 

 

 

10:53AM

Free Admission at the Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum has free admission every forth Friday of the month (which is, it just so happens, today!), from 5 - 8pm. This evening there's going to be food carts, the Metrofeits beer bike (which I'm told will be pouring kombucha), and, yes, free entry into the Cyclepedia exhibit.

My bikes are about to be set up there, and will be on display from today, 23 August, through 30 August. I'll be hanging around the museum this evening for the festivities, and to talk about my bikes, from 5 - 8. If you can't make it over this evening, I'll also be there most of the day on Sunday, the 25th of August.

Here are a couple of photos of the finished bikes that will be at the Portland Art Museum starting today. I hope I see you at the exhibit!

Stainless Steel Touring Bike

 

Manifest 2.0 Commuter 

11:04AM

Aurelio Commuter

Aurelio CommuterThis is a bike that shipped to Aurelio just before the holidays. This one took a lot of hours, and a lot of weeks to complete. At base, it's a commuter bike, ready to do all the daily chores of getting around to work and to the store. But, it's a whole lot more than that besides. Take a look at the photos, and you'll see that it's all in the details. 

6:51AM

Emre Stainless Steel Road Bike

Stainless Steel BicycleEmre's bike is a full stainless steel lugged road bike. The geometry is more upright and relaxed than a racing bike, meant to be comfortable on longer rides. The frame design is pretty straight-forward. There is clearance for 28c tires and fenders, and the bike has a very minimal rear rack. Custom panniers are currently in the works from Philosophy Bags in Camas, Washington. 

Shiny Head Lug

One noteable thing about the bike is that I used the Pacenti Artisan lugset, which is now a piece of history. I'd had these lugs sitting around for a couple of years, and they are no longer being made. 

Shiny Seat LugI don't have much more to say about the bike. Understatement of the year is that there was a lot to polish. The finished product is pretty amazing. I think the photos speak way more than words can. I've included quite a few photos of the build process as well. Particularly of the steps involved in the down tube logo. The logo is laser cut stainless steel, brazed on and polished, then masked and the panel was etched, then re-polished. Quite a few steps, and pretty interesting I think. All the photos of the finished bike are by Arthur Smid.