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.

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Alignment - Tube and dropout replacement - Brazons

New Year

What does the new year hold for Frances Cycles?  There are always a few projects being chipped away at in the workshop, and 2015 brings plenty of opportunities for getting lots of work done (wish me luck).

At the end of this month, I start another class at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco: This semester, we'll be designing and building a tricycle rickshaw- It's ambitious for a class project, and I am hoping for a great vehicle at the end and a lot of learning throughout.  It's a great opportunity for me and my students to explore another design in depth.

Ann and I have received a grant to install a public art peice (yet to be created!) along the San Lorenzo River Walk near the Warrior's Arena as a part of the Ebb and Flow Arts Project.  We're excited to be a part of it and hope to contribute to our local landscape with some interesting and provoking art.

Jillian brazing the first Farfarer trailer out of the Jig in the Frances shop.

Jillian brazing the first Farfarer trailer out of the Jig in the Frances shop.

We are starting to build the Farfarer trailers designed by Quentin Lindh.  They are, in my opinion, the best one-wheeled trailer on the market and we're excited to start building them.  The process has been slow getting them going, and I am hoping that getting Jil in the shop consistently will help move things along here.  

Once we fill the mounting backorder for trailers, we'll have them for sale on the website - If you want to get on the list, send me an email.

Tourist front-end.   This one is headed for Baltimore, and is part of a break-away 650b frameset.

Tourist front-end.   This one is headed for Baltimore, and is part of a break-away 650b frameset.

Another Tourist is getting ready to head out the door along with another small batch of stems.  Plans are being made for the next run of Mixtehauls.  There is always much to do!

Greta Bell!

Greta Bell!

Greta is out-growing the seat, so I am working on a new bench seat with harness for the Mixtehaul.

Greta is out-growing the seat, so I am working on a new bench seat with harness for the Mixtehaul.

Lucky enough to get out on a Solstice ride and sleep out in the summit woods with some friends.

Lucky enough to get out on a Solstice ride and sleep out in the summit woods with some friends.

-Josh