This was a fun build. Liz gave me the freedom to stretch my creative muscles and both she and I are thrilled with the final result.
Liz is a shorter rider that doesn’t weigh much. She was looking for a classic road bike that had a relaxed riding position and a nice supple ride quality. To deliver the supple ride quality I choose to use “old school” tubing diameters with some fairly thin walls. The skinny tubing with thin walls will flex much more than a larger, thicker tube. I also chose to build a custom fork with nicely raked blades to improve the overall ride quality. The stem is custom-made to mate the 1″ threadless steer tube to any of the more modern (and often more comfy) 31.8mm handlebars. Liz’s bike also features a custom bi-laminate headtube, internal brake cable routing, and a really cool custom carbon and steel A-train seatpost.
You can view many more photos of this classic road bike in the GALLERY