FRANCES

SMALL-TIME BICYCLE DESIGN & MANUFACTURE

FRAMEBUILDER & CONSTRUCTEUR

Road, cross, cargo, randonneur, brevet, tour, adventure and everyday bicycles

Now building and selling the FARFARER TRAILER!

Design, fabrication & assembly of fully integrated bicycles with an emphasis on fit, performance, utility and beauty.

STEEL FRAME REPAIR  AND MODIFICATION SERVICES AVAILABLE

Alignment - Tube and dropout replacement - Brazons

This archive spans from 2006 to the present and contains many of the bikes that came out of the Frances Workshop during that time.


BICYCLE MODELS:

TOURIST

Fully equipped to randonneur or tour, the tourist is at home on the road or dirt and gravel.  Geometry and tube-set customized for fit and rider's intended use.    The Tourist is the bike I want to ride on all occasions.

Standard includes a small front rack/bag support, light mount, light wire guides, brazons for 3 bottles, rear rack mounts, front low-rider rack mounts, fender mounts and cantilever brake mounts.  Rear rack and many other options available - see the pricelist.

Available for wheel sizes (with fenders):  26" (up to 2.125),  650b (up to 50mm wide) or 700c (up to 42mm wide)


MIXTEHAUL

The go-to cargo hauler for everyday use,  the Mixtehaul provides a large, open cargo space set low, in front of the rider.  Waxed canvas bag and rainfly snap into the platform.  The Mixtehaul is quick & fun to ride, and like all Frances machines, it comes equipped:  bag, rainfly, lighting, fenders, rear rack mounts, center-stand and much more.   

Testimonials from riders:

"This bike takes care of 99% of my transport needs :-). . . Many, many thanks for such an excellent steed." ~ Kathrine, Mixtehaul rider

SMALLHAUL

The Smallhaul is the sportster of cargo hauling and the key to touring with a dog or just a lot of stuff- all placed low and right in front, within reach.  

Praise for the Smallhaul:

“[The Smallhaul] offers an appealing combination of cargo capacity with a fun, fast ride.  . . . Perhaps every family should have one?" ~Jan Heine, The Bicycle Quarterly
"I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the craftsmanship in the bike. Such great attention to detail in the frame and fork and design of the bike overall . . . I was also amazed at how light it was and how well it handled (I took it for a long test ride!) what a wonderful machine.”   ~ Robert Lester, Mechanic, Velocity Cycles, Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
"Dad, Let's go for a ride on that cargo Bike!"  ~ Mark Vand Kamp's daughter, the Bicycle Quarterly
"The Smallhaul . . .is probably the lightest and most nimble cargo bike we've seen"  ~ COG Magazine

PLATYPUS

This is the mid-gravity design.  A beefy front platform on a quick, light frameset.  


PARTS:

Frances stems are generally built to order, but there may be some here- check the store to see what's in stock.



FRAME REPAIRS AND MODIFICATIONS

There are a lot of broken bicycles out there.  When a steel frame breaks, it can often be repaired again- We take all kinds of bikes and repairs.  Tubes can be replaced, gussets and reinforcements can be added and bends can be straightened- frames can be restored.  The same goes for modifications.  Many great bikes are just a few brazons away from realizing their full potential: rack mounts, brake mounts, cable routing, etc.

Framebuilder:

Here are some choice photos of me, Josh Muir,  posing with bicycles I have built and ridden.