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Open House at the Frances Workshop, May 5th 10am to 4pm

May is Bike Month and I am jumping in with an open house at the Frances Workshop. In addition to shop tours and bike talk, there will be bikes, cargo bikes and trailers available for test-ride and trailers for sale.

THIS SUNDAY, 10 AM TO 4PM, COME ON OVER!

May is also a great time to clean out the old crap accumulating in a small shop, so it will also be a bit of a YARD SALE/ BIKE SWAP! I have parts and interesting used framesets from various histories that need to find a new homes and Both Rick from Hunter Cycles and Todd from Black Cat Bicycles are bringing over their stash. If we’re lucky, there will be a great collection of used bits to check out.

We’ll have the barbecue going and some snacks. BYOB and feel free to bring something to throw on the BBQ or food and drinks to share - Come hang out!

LIVE MUSIC with the Rhythm Rangellers!! Emily, Paul and Ben are enough reason to to get you here- they’re the best!

Later in May, I’ll be at the Silicon Valley Bike Fest in San Jose with the Frances Booth.

Open house this Sunday May 5th

Frances and Velo Orange

The fine folks of Velo Orange just sent over some photos of the Frances frameset they are taking to NAHBS to showcase their parts.  I am proud to have a bike in their booth!

The bike will be for sale, as will some other bikes in my booth, so come see!

Frances tourist dressed by Velo Orange
Frances Frameset built up by Velo Orange

Check out the good offering of Velo Orange at their site and at the NAHBS booth #440.  They offer a quality line of components and parts for great classic bike build-ups.

Una Pizza Recap

Touble

The morning Ride took us out to Hunter's Point and Trouble Coffee, conveniently located across the street from Cameron Falconer's framebuilding shop.

Then we dug around Cam's shop for a while, admiring the tooling, asking questions, chatting (some of us actually just followed small children around and kept them from sharp metal ends, which was also fun).

Peggy and Steve Rex.  I have long been an admirer of Steve's bike and shop- they're great people too.

Peggy and Steve Rex.  I have long been an admirer of Steve's bike and shop- they're great people too.

This Cunningham was not in the show, but a note-able bike on the ride.  It is one of a small batch built just last year (or so).   Greta is checking out the SoulCraft.

This Cunningham was not in the show, but a note-able bike on the ride.  It is one of a small batch built just last year (or so).   Greta is checking out the SoulCraft.

The Pizza Parlor was packed with bike-chatting, pizza-eating friends.

It's always a pleasure to get together with folks doing the same work- see what they're building, hear what their doing.

David Smith captured the photo of below of Greta and and I.  (Thanks!)  Greta is riding Rick Hunter's bike, the Pump Track Gopher.  Sorry we missed the badge, Rick.

Greta Ride Rick's Gopher

The Pizza was, of course,  the best.

There were lots of choice bikes outside, including this Ahearne (below) which is I was told, the next version of his last Manifest project.  Accepts 3.0" tires. 

Ahearne

I recognize that I am leaving out photos of all the great builders at the show: Soulcraft, Steve Rex, Sycip, Blue Collar, Rock Lobster, Falconer, White, Paul, (F*#%ing) Bruce Gordon(!), Hunter, Black Cat, Clack Mountain, Caletti, Pass&Stow, Paragon Machine Works, Strawfoot, and more. . . It was, as always, crowded.

You can find (almost) all of these talented builders on the Meet Your Maker website.  MYM is a group of framebuilders that gets together to ride and show their bikes.

This is the bike I brought to the show(below).  A recent Tourist.

Thanks to Sean for the loan.  I got to ride it across town to and from the show, and it felt great, but   I   had to do it on my tip-toes because I didn't want to slide that shiny Paul post down any further for fear that I'd certainly leave some marks. 

Thanks to Sean for the loan.  I got to ride it across town to and from the show, and it felt great, but had to do it on my tip-toes because I didn't want to slide that shiny Paul post down any further for fear that I'd certainly leave some marks. 

Greta is asleep by the end of the morning ride.

Greta is asleep by the end of the morning ride.