November 7, 2008

Mini-Me

As per my standard policy, I only post framebuilding pictures when I have something unusual or interesting to talk about. This fits the bill – a road/touring/travel frame for my friend Casie. She’s VERY small, so it’s a 49.5cm toptube – probably the smallest skinny tire bike I’ve ever built!

Humorously enough, there are no butted tubes *short enough* to use as a toptube on this bike in combination with the couplers, so I had to use a straightgauge 4130 toptube – it’s actually heavier than the downtube! Between the couplers (extra 300 grams or so) and the non-butted tube (probably 75g or so) it’s quite a bit heavier than most frames this size – it’ll end up a tad over 4 pounds with all the rack mounts and fiddly bits. Still, it’s meant to be unkillable and capable of carrying a load if needed, so I’m not worried about it.

Building the fork for it today, and then I’ll see if I can get ahold of her for a color choice. She’s in Borneo right now, so that may or may not pan out.