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Who will pass this night?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dominguez Stem

Vincent Dominguez is going to make a stem for the Kvale project bike. Maybe bright Nickel, but I'm leaning toward painting it to match the bike, probably the dark red. There has been talk of a bi-laminate front lug to match the Kvale filed bike lugs. Vincent likes that idea. We'll have to see how much extra $ he needs. 

I think the NAHBS award caught Vincent off guard. It wasn't a show bike at all. It was what he had to bring,  VDC #1, the first frameset he ever built, back in the early 2000s for his wife. It was a learning project under the tutelage of Paul Wyganowski. So much for years of practice learning a skill set. 

Vincent's lineage is probably typical for a Minnesota builder. Cecil Behringer to Terry Osell to Tim Paterak to Paul Wyganowski to Vincent Dominguez with pitstops along the way with Chris Kvale, Erik Noren and others.

8 comments:

RogueRabbit said...

Cecil Behringer to Terry Osell to Tim Paterek to Paul Wyganowski...

...couldn't have learned fillet brazing so quickly without Paul’s expert instruction and demonstrations — I've never seen anyone put down a large-radius fillet so quickly and precisely! I still have a long way to go before it is second-nature for me.

The stem design looks great. I think you need the bi-laminate front lug to match the Kvale lugs...we’ll talk. :o)

- Vincent.

Gunnar Berg said...

Sorry. I meant to, you just told me that.

dale said...

I think that little bike won it's class because there were many, many very nicely filet brazed bikes at the show, but that one was so real, such a completely appropriate bike in it's style. Maybe the fact that it wasn't made for the show gave it an advantage?

Gunnar Berg said...

Well, as Chief Judge or whatever your title was, I guess you would have a feel for that. Looking at the photos there were many spectacular bikes, but it seems to be drifting further and further away from real world. Vincent does nice work and it is a very pretty little bike.

Silk Hope said...

Bright nickle a la Singer. Keep it classic.

Gunnar Berg said...

Re bi-laminate front lug, Bunny Boy sez, 'Since you are going to have the "Renée Singer" lugs on your bike, you must have the side points on the stem. Essential'

Anonymous said...

Vincent, if you ever made a bunch of those stems, with that classical and comfortable geometry, in chrome, without the lamination, guess what: they'd sell like hotcakes. You couldn't keep up.

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