The finished bicycle is as unique as
the individual. There are no ideal bike types and no ideal bike
use but the bike must be designed for the type of use and centered
on the rider’s ideals and needs. A rider that wants a cool
bike to get to the coffee shop probably does not want a cyclocross
race bike and a rider doing regular century rides through the
summer months certainly wants the bike optimized for purpose.
I enjoy matching the bike design to the riders needs and will
work hard towards that goal.
I don’t specialize in or prefer any one type of bicycle,
I do have a niche for cyclocross bike design. I have been involved
with cyclocross racing for many years and closely follow industry
trends. Cyclocross frame designs and the completedbicycle relies
on little details to perform well, reliably. My frame and fork
designs have been ridden or raced successful by myself and friends
and continue to be optimized much like the big bike companies
do. In my opinion a cyclocross bike must be optimized for the
intended racing venue/s. Venues with mud and sand demand a bike
with more trail than a flat, dry, fast course.It’s possible
to achieve this with two bikes but also with two fork designs.
In addition to the steering geometry, the bottom bracket drop,
seat angle, and chain stay length have big influences on cyclocross
performance but these details are not always driven by the racing
condition but rather by the rider’s preference.
extension of cyclocross bike designs is gravel grinder bikes.
I very much enjoy long slow rides on gravel and dirt roads. My
gravel bikes are something in-between cyclocross bikes and 29er
mountain bikes. Of course comfort is important on long off road
rides but the steering geometry and rider’s weight (front-rear)must
optimized so that skinny tires bite the gravel and the front wheel
does not wash out on fast sections. If the intended use is competitive
riding, the geometry will be slightly different than a gravel
grinder for designed for comfort but the design goals remain the
My primary method of construction used is silver brazed, lugged
steel. Occasionally fillet brazing is used if it’s more
appropriate for the design. I love the beauty of lugged construction
but also feel it’s the most reliable form of steel frame
construction. From a structural-mechanics point of view the lug
provides an obviouslyreinforcement of the joint and by inspection
increases the design margin. I won’t start my own dissertation
about why steel. An internet search will provide an enormous amount
of information about why steel is a good choice for bicycle frames.
The frame components and steel butted tubes available today allow
the designer an opportunity to build a frame that will exceed
almost any rider’s needs.