American Custom Bicycles in Steel, Titanium and Ti/carbon mix
I have so many conversations about gear-inches, grain structure, glycogen levels, carbon fiber modulus, one-thousandth of an inch, and on, and on. All those conversations are worth having, and all that work is worth doing, so long as it leads to a rider with a smile.
Whatever a person’s reasons for having a relationship with bikes—whether it’s commuting, racing, riding in the woods, enjoying the scenery, being an anarchist, saving the world one bike at a time, or a hundred other reasons—they’re all good, particularly if it’s done with a smile.
So yes, for me, the bike industry is amazing – every part of the industry, including selling them, designing them, building them, riding them, or fixing them; it’s all great.
As with most of the Seven’s I get to ride, this bike isn’t actually mine. But, I have been lucky enough to ride it recently. This bike was originally built for a Procycling Magazine bike test by Frankie Andreu.
This is a bike I built in 1988. I raced it for a few years. And it’s still rideable today. I had some of my best races on that bike. It rode surprisingly well because it had great vertical compliance from the bends of the tubes. And it was still reasonably torsionally stiff because of the oversized tubing and the fact that the seat stays created a truss system for the front triangle.