I have a handful of handbuilt bicycles, one made to my specs by Chris Kvale and none by Jeff Bock who makes and paints handbuilt steel bicycle frames in a cornfield south of Ames. He has been posting photos of this one as it progresses. There is a lot of sawing, filing and brazing involved in making a custom bicycle at this level. Unfinished it looks almost sculptural. It almost seems a shame to cover it in paint, but Jeff's painting is damned wonderful too. He has painted one of mine from scratch and did an amazing restoration of another, saving as much original finish as was feasible. I included a photo of a previous frame he built and painted.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
|The Growlery - "a place to retreat to when ill-humoured"|
- Chuck Dickens
|The panel with the Sioux Warrior is actually the door to the beer cooler.|
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
There are realistically three Warblers that nest in the area, the American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat and the Yellow Warbler. They all nest in the local parks - Brian Plath estimates a hundred Yellows at Big Island State Park and nice numbers of Redstarts. So why not in our 1410 Oakwood yard? Why? Why? This late afternoon this male Yellow Warbler showed up at our water feature- Oakwood Creek.
Monday, June 7, 2021
Friday, June 4, 2021
I purchased this frame cheap - less than the cost of shipping it. At the time I was not particularly interested in mixtes, but it was 531 built by Ron Cooper, a legendary frame builder. I built it up with a bunch of miscellaneous components I had on hand - some vintage, some newish (Velocity rims, Paul seat post, etc).
Then I broke my shoulder rather badly. The Mayo surgeon told me it was inoperable - to suck it up and quite whining. Suddenly I became much more interested in mixte bicycles.
The paint on the chainguard, frame pump and water bottle is "rattle can" - aluminum primer and espresso that doesn't match the frame exactly, but close enough for a rider.
I took these photos this morning, violating proper bicycle photo etiquette (soft lighting, smooth concrete and non-descript background). But I do not live like that; I live in a vintage brick paved, over-grown, visually stimulating world ... so that's what you get.