Seven Cycles Blog

Greg C’s New Old Axiom SL

January 30th, 2015 by Seven

We built this Axiom SL in our original 1,000 sq ft space back in 1997, the first year of our existence. It is serial number 158 (before we developed our current serial numbering system). It originally had a 1″ headtube, as most road bikes did at that time. The bike’s owner, Greg, decided this was the year to upgrade his bike, so he sent it to us to put on a new 44mm headtube.

Greg wrote to us, after getting his new/old bike back:

To All Those at Seven,

WOW!!!

Great Bike!! Frame #158 runs like a Dream!!

Took it out to Ocotillio CA for the Stagecoach Century, it was a Blast.

Simply cannot say enough, the difference is astounding!!

Thank you all So Much!!

Greg

We have always aimed to build bikes that last, that riders will come back to year-after-year, ride-after-ride. It is extremely gratifying to work with riders who have the same aims.

An earlier version of this post stated erroneously that Greg had added an 1 1/8″ headtube instead of 44mm.

#TBT

January 29th, 2015 by Seven

Ah, 2001 Boston Cross. Our own Skip Brown, sockless for some reason, over the barriers. He raced against a few fast guys that day, a young Tim Johnson (who won), Todd Wells, Adam Myerson, Mark McCormack, and Mike Broderick. Skip finished 18th.

The Specific Woman

January 26th, 2015 by Seven

Who is the specific woman? We see a lot of “women’s specific” bikes out in the world, but we have yet to meet any specific women. In all the fittings and all the designs we have done, what is resoundingly clear is that women’s bodies are pretty non-specific. In fact, women’s bodies vary more than men’s do, in proportion, so it’s a hard task to design something that will fit most women, even of the same height, in any more than a cursory way. Making a man’s bike smaller doesn’t get at the half of it.

So we consider what makes women different than men. For example, women generally (but not always) have a wider pelvic arch than men, greater pelvic tilt also. These things affect saddle position and saddle height. Generally speaking (but not always) women have longer legs relative to their height than men do. Their weight is lower and farther back, which affects the center of gravity, handling and reach. Their shoulders are usually (but not always) narrower, and they have smaller hands (sometimes), all of which impacts front-end geometry and handling.

The generalized differences are informative, but really, when it comes right down to it, every rider, male or female, is an individual, with specific geometric needs, with a tubeset that matches their riding preferences, with their own aesthetic sense and ideas for their bike. That’s why we make rider-specific bikes.

As far as we can tell, there is no specific woman, but there might be a specific bike for every woman (or man), who wants one.

The Company That Rides Together

January 23rd, 2015 by Seven

OK. so it was 24F when we met at the shop, and ok, it was still dark, but it was Lily’s last day, so we pulled on our warmers and shoe covers and rolled out 13 strong. It’s not often we get that many of us out together on one ride, and it’s too bad that it took Lily leaving to bring us all together, but it was a solid reminder why we do what we do. Having this be a part of our work indicates that, somewhere along the line, we’ve made good life choices.