when you decide what type of bike is of interest. We will discuss
generally what your needs and desires are. After you decide to
move forward with a design, $500 is necessary to begin. This gets
you on the schedule and commits us both. The deposit is fully
refundable any time before construction starts.
design process starts with discussing your needs and wants followed
by the fitting process below. I will have questions relating to
your riding style and goals for compliance (comfort) vs. stiffness.
I like to personally fit every client and see them ride their
personal bicycle. Experienced cyclists usually have firm opinions
about bike fit but still, I prefer to perform a fit session, take
measurements, and make recommendations on possible fitting improvements.
This is an opportunity for you to obsess over details that relate
to bike handling and comfort. Working together we can obtain the
fit you have always wanted or make improvements on things that
were not right on past bikes.
• Go for a bike ride together
• Document body type information, fit information, and goals
• Complete a draft frame design
• Complete a spin session on a Serotta Fit Cycle set to
the draft frame design
• The fit is optimized to enable the final frame design
If for some reason we cannot meet in person during the design
process there are still suitable alternatives to the fitting process.
you’re a competitive cyclist it’s important to consider
how stiff you want the frame at the head tube and bottom bracket.
I can tune the framebut need input. For example, if your road
riding style includes high speed cornering I will stiffen the
frame at the head tube area to provide more precise steering.
Most cyclists today, myself included, desire a stiff bottom bracket
area but this can compromise ride quality if it’s needlessly
overdone. A bike optimized for competitive use might feel harsh
on slower 3-5 hour rides. Of course we can work on a good all
around bike also. It really depends on your goals.
I use high quality butted steel tubing from the
US and Europe and often mix brands to meet design goals. If you
have a favorite brand let me know. I tend to lean towards Reynolds
tubes because of theirextensive product line and the nostalgia
associated with their 100+ year history in the bicycle industry.
Heat treated tubes are used when an improvement in fatigue life
is necessary. Frames designed for strong riders or competitive
events will almost always use heat treated tubes.
I prefer to design the frame and fork together and supply a frameset
to the client. Steel forks tend to look better on steel frames
and of course they are painted to match. If you choose to source
a fork elsewhere I must know the some details of the fork because
of design interdependencies between frame and fork.
I personally test each of my fork designs and stick with these
established designs which include a Cyclocross disk fork and road
forks with Reynolds 853 and 953 blades. Reynolds 953 is a high
strength heat treated stainless steel and results in a sub 700
gram fork that rivals the ride quality of high end carbon fiber
When the frame design is complete I will send
you the final specification with a quote and completion date.
At this point another $500 is needed to move into construction.
The two $500 payments are non-refundable once construction begins.
Before the frame ships, the final payment is needed which will
include the price of any extras we decided on during the process.
don’t expect the client to decide on painting details early
in the process but will provide information to think about. Bicycle
painting is one of those things that you get what you pay for.
My standard paint system is a high-quality liquid paint done by
artisan painters in the Pacific Northwest. To help anyone suffering
from analysis-paralysis I can suggest colors that have been successful
in the past. There are many options available with custom paint
so the final look can very much depend on the customer’s
desires and imagination.