Here are some compound curve wood fenders made by Cody Davis in Oregon “Woody Fenders” I have always like the wood fenders, but never fell in love with the flat version that has been made a by a few craftsmen over the last several years [I have had a few sets]. These new curved fenders really look right and would love to have a matching chainguard and maybe rack slats 🙂
I had a nice Memorial Day ride with Betsy & Shelby of about 40 miles who are both a lot of fun to ride with. We go at a nice pace, stop for breaks and have a real lunch [and then stop for ice cream before the end]. My kind of riding…ride easy, stay together and eat 😉 I am still fighting off this cold a bit with a sore throat, but just can’t stay off the bike any more. Monday was a perfect srping day with cool blue skies and light wind, however smoke did blow in at the end of the day from the forrest fires up in Quebec.
So while I am building my customers bikes I am always dreaming up the next bike I would like to have! Not sure if it in the cards for me, but I have really been enjoying my Scorcher bike.
I built this bike for my last birthday [Sept] and made it out of either found parts [in the trash] or parts that I had kicking around and out of tubes that would not be used on a customer bike [heavy, thick straight guage]. Almost all of the components are made of steel, but even with the heavy frame and parts, being a fixed gear it is still pretty light at 27lbs. It just fits and rides great and I love it.
I have been dreaming of building myself a new model of this with my standard tubeset [True Temper USA butted tubing 4130 Verus and all USA fittings] and to make this a made in the USA bike [as much that can be had] with all of the parts USA made [with exception of Rims, Tires, Tubes, Rim Strips, Chain and maybe handle bars].
Component list would be this:
- King HS, 2 nut threaded, silver OR
- ANT stem MA
- Pauls brake lever, siler CA
- Sella Antomica tape, honey WI
- Sella Antomica Saddle, Honey WI
- Thompson seat post, silver TN
- Paul’s Racer brake, silver CA
- White Ind crank, silver CA
- Phil Wood BB CA
- White Ind track hubs and cog, silver CA
- White Ind pedals, silver CA
- Bruce Gordon toe clips CA
- DT spokes [Swiss, but made in CO] maybe I should go with Phil wood here?
- Shift Industries Saddle bag [in black] WA
- Woody fenders [Leopard wood] OR
- Light in motion headlight [battery led] CA
- Scorcher bars [maybe ANT, but only if I can get the bender]
Non-USA parts to fill the gap, just cant get them:
- KMC Stainless chain, Taiwan
- Tubes QBP, Taiwan
- Rim Strips, France
- Rims Velo Orange, silver, Taiwan
- Bars, China?
- Tires, Schwalbe Delta Cruiser Cream, Germany
- True Temper Verus 4130 tubes in small diameters, TN
- Paragon BB shell, CA
- Pauls dropouts, CA
- ANT dual plate fork crown, MA
- ANT seat stay caps, MA
- ANT seat clamp, MA
Sounds great to me 🙂 However this would be costly bike as with any [quality] USA made products.
Now the bike I just described is a fixed gear with a front brake only. I could also make this bike freewheel with an added rear brake or also as a derailleur bike or an internal gear bike [these last two options would require more imported parts].
How much would this bike cost? Frame and fork would cost $1,950.00 the first component set with assembly would cost $2,779.00 [with bag $110, light $279 and fenders $200], so this would be a cost of $4,729.00 [or $4,140.00 without that stuff]
Now I could also build a very nice Scorcher very similar to this will all imported parts and tubing and fork for much less, say around $2,400.00 complete with a rear bag, fenders and some nice flashy lights.
Whats the difference, why bother, who cares? I will write something up in my next post, but for now I need to get back to work 😉