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

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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.

Cosmic First Friday!

We're all invited to Cosmic for First Friday!

In addition to Tacos from the Back Porch (It's what I eat for breakfast at the West Side Market whilst selling vegetables for Route One on Saturday mornings) and beer from Corralitos Brewing, some great local entrepreneurs and builders will be showing their wares and exposing some of the process that goes into their craft.

Since they're serving food, thay want to know how many are coming- sign up at eventbright - it's free.

Cosmic is Downtown at the Corner of Front and Cooper.

John Calletti builds what I think are some of the hottest titanium racing bikes I have ever seen.  His skill are reflected in his beautiful and seemingly perfectly executed bicycles. Caletti Cycles 

Lauren Junker takes cycling's worn-out cast-offs and repurposes supple road tires and inner-tubes into a line of bags, wallets and crafts.  Totally Tubular!

Garrett Kautz designs and works with  waxed canvas and leather to create a wide array of bags and crafts.  His work is top-notch and I love him.  Great socks too!  I appreciate his commitment to custom bag work for cargo bikes as I know it's time-consuming. . . Strawfoot Handmade

I'll be there!  I'll have the latest drawings for the Mixtehauls (which are close to heading to paint!), some parts in process and a selection of tools as well as a couple frames and my warm personality.