Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Art and the Muse






















Lugs are the sleeves that join the tubes of traditional steel framed bicycles. On older bikes they are two pieces of pressed steel welded together, the newer lugs are cast iron. The real artisans "carve" them, that is they file the shorelines into graceful shapes, and file them thinner. For instance, my Chris Kvale frame lugs are simple, minimalist outlines filed as thin as a possible - almost as if a Shaker did them. J Peter Weigle's lugs are not really ornate, but tend toward graceful, almost feminine curves. I really like them. If I had more money in my bike account, he would certainly be on my short list. (Thanks Peter W. and Chuck S.)

1 comment:

Todd Peterson said...

Hot photos! Love those "feminine curves."