January 27th, 2013 Hugh
This past week has been one of the coldest since we have been in the new shop. Lots of extra clothing and firing up the wood stove has been necessary. Spring is just around the corner and the orders are rolling in.
This is Nathan’s coupled road bike. The frame is a mix of True Temper and Columbus tubing. Build kit is a Shimano Ultegra compact group along with a few of Nathan’s favourite components. Since this photo was taken the fork has been replaced with an Enve 2.0 road fork. The wheels will be replaced with Chris King Cross hubs built to Open Pro rims.
Craig ordered a new cross bike. The bike is built around a 200mm long High Sierra custom crank arms. The paint is a pearl white powder with contrasting blue decals and fenders.
Heather ordered a small allrounder road bike. The bike will accept a 26 inch or 650c wheel. It will accommodate a touring tire and fenders if she needs them in the future. The paint is a gloss black powder with a blue pearl in the clear coat. The blue pops in direct sunlight. Unfortunately the lighting wasn’t great when I took the picture.
This titanium touring bike is the second time around for Paul. His original bike was delivered last spring and unfortunately stolen shortly after. It is exactly the same as the original but this time we were able to take advantage of the new Campagnolo Veloce triple group.
Beniot’s touring bike looks sharp! The sparkle copper powder is one of the nicer powder colours we have. The frame was built with S+S couplers, Avid BB7 disc brakes, Alfine dynamo hub, and Tubus Racks.
We took a little time around Christmas this year and did some workshop organizing and experimenting with liquid paint. We plan to offer more colour options and paint schemes shortly.
January 22nd, 2013 Hugh
Ti frame with couplers in the frame jig and soon to be welded
November 9th, 2012 Hugh
There are lots of different projects happening in the shop these days. I delivered this really slick looking touring bike to Ryan. It is built around 26 inch wheels with a Shimano slx group. It has an Alfine Dynamo hub which will deliver power to various devices with help from the E-WERK charging station. The first major tour for this bike will be a 5 week trip through the Andes.
This is a beautiful fillet brazed touring frame I built for Yan. I don’t do a huge number of brazed frames these days. The first 50 or so True North frames were all brazed. This was an enjoyable build and it looks fantastic.
These titanium stoker stems were made for a customer that has a number of different tandems. The multiple lengths allow him to fine tune the stoker position for different riders.
Derek will be finishing off the rest of this build at home. Titanium 29er frame built with an EBB for single speed or geared use. This frame has all of the braze-ons to turn it into an expedition touring bike. The wheels have Chris King hubs built to Stan’s Notubes rims. The rims were clear coated with a tiny bit of white pearl. They should pop in the sunlight.
More pictures of these projects can be found in our flickr album.
September 17th, 2012 Hugh
Christine and I just returned home from our honeymoon. We were married mid August and have been travelling in Italy, France, and Spain. The wedding was prefect and the honeymoon great. I am happy to be back in the shop and building again. The summer was extremely busy with framebuilding and getting ready for the wedding. I have done my best to keep up with email and phone messages but if I dropped some I apologize.
Here are some of the bikes that left here during the summer.
Marty’s new coupled tandem. This bike replaces a Mariposa tandem Marty built in the late 80′s. Paintwork was done by Noah at Velocolour.
Angus got a new commuter/tourer built with a Rohloff Speedhub. The Supernova light is powder by a Son Sl wireless dynamo hub.
Trevor picked up his OX Platinum tubed hardtail 29er. This bike has an Xt build kit with a Fox fork and No Tubes wheelset. The paint job was gloss black powder with green sparkle pearl in the clearcoat. Stunning in direct sunlight. More pictures on Flickr.
Barry just picked up his titanium sport touring bike. The grey ultegra group really to complimented the brushed titanium.
This is Jane’s new coupled commuter/tourer. She went with a flat bar configuration for comfort. This bike has some really sharp looking Velo Orange hammered fenders. The couplers were installed so Jane could take the bike apart to make it easier to pack in her car. It only takes a few minutes to take the wheels off and split the frame in two.
Nick’s commuter built with an Alfine 8 speed hub and Son Sl dynamo hub.
Taylor was getting ready for a trip to Germany with his new tourer. We used a new powder colour on his bike “Screaming Eagle Black Crinkle”.