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9:55AM

A Typical Afternoon in the Shop with Mitch

Here's the newest time-lapse video in the shop. This is what a day in the shop kind of looks like -- cutting, filing, sanding, brazing, etc. Here's what I first wrote about the video:

This is what a very typical day in the shop looks like for Mitch of MAP Bicycles and myself. He is working on some front racks, and I'm working on a fork and racks. It's really good to be able to talk through ideas with someone else, and I think we do a pretty good job of helping each other figure things out. We both have our stylistic differences, obviously, but there are often several ways to approach a problem, and to get insight into it, I think, makes each of us a little bit better at what we do. I've come to value that shared insight.

This is true in so many ways. Frame building can be, in many ways, a very isolated and isolating existence. Having another person there to bounce ideas off of, and just to talk with, is good sometimes. There are plenty of days in the shop when few words are spoken, but just the simple act of sharing lunch usually breaks up the day and brings a little peace to the head-space.

I hope you enjoy the video.

A typical afternoon in the shop with Mitch. from Joseph Ahearne on Vimeo.

 

 

8:33AM

Guiseppe's Randonneur

Giuseppe's randonneur includes many of our best elements of bicycle design. The details are numerous. We were going for the classic style lugged bike, using a mid-weight steel for comfort and stability. The geometry allows for a more upright riding position, and the fork, with its longer rake/ lower trail, gives the handling characteristic that desirable feel, especially when carrying weight in the front bag. The rack was built specifically to fit this bag, and so keeps it comfortable and steady, even on bumpy terrain. The rack also has a front light mount on the road side, and the wiring from the front generator hub is routed...

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2:54PM

Joseph Touring

This bike was built with the thought in mind that here in the northwestern US, there are more miles of logging roads and forest service roads than there are paved roads. So why not build a camping bike that can truly endure the long out-back haul. This bike was built with an up-right touring geometry, and adds some elements of the 29er mtb. Expect to see more of this style of bike in the future -- it's a great multi-purpose bike that can really go the distance.

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2:45PM

Travel Commuter

The bicycle was built as an around-town, city style bicycle. It's upright and comfortable, quick handling, even with weight in the bag. It's a fillet brazed frame, has a 5-piece fork and double chain stays to complement the style. The frame was painted to be somewhat understated and has subtle box-lining. There's an S & S coupler on the down tube and a breakaway style seat tube joint, which means you can separate the front and back halves of the bike and fit it all in a 26" x 26" travel case. The front rack breaks down as well, and it all fits in the case. This is one of the coolest bikes to come out of the shop in a while.

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2:41PM

Ignacio Single Speed 29er

Ignacio's single speed 29er is a beauty. It's got stainless steel lugs with a brushed finish, a five-piece fork, matching lugged stem and all the "enhancements." There are split chain stays and a five-piece seat stay configuration. The single speed 29er has been around for a while, but the beauty of this one is in the details, and in the ride.

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