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

New Year, hey I'm blogging. . .

There is so much going on in the Frances workshop!  

Photo: Brian Vernor

Photo: Brian Vernor

The batch of 10 cargo bikes is nearing completion with the first 3 headed off to paint this week, kickstands and all.  Behind schedule, but awesome.  I am turning up my work time, getting support from Ann, my Mom and friends with Greta child care and doing my best to get ready for NAHBS end of Februaury: trailers, bikes, cargo bikes.  I will even have a bike in the Velo Orange booth modeling a VO build-up!

In sad news, we lost our long-time shop and yard duck, Piglet.  I once read that the leading cause of death for ducks was ingesting hardware etc- This made me worry for Piglet being someone who produces a lot of small sharp metal.  But she made it well over a decade (her age is in dispute) and was a wonderful companion.  In the end I was home just 30 minutes after dusk and she was no-where to be found- I searched high and low. No trail of feathers, nothing.  We loved her so much.

Find more Piglet photos HERE

I have been making 3/8 tubing benders out of high-density plastic (bath room stall material from Neptune's Kingdom)  (link to video)

Josh