Over the year's I've taken bicycles and their bits down to the last nut and bolt. It's always transfixed and challenged me - pulling things apart and considering the thought and trial/error that went into the development of a given component, or looking at the bearing races in a hub and thinking about the hours and miles that went into honing that groove. In that pursuit, I've broken stuff, reassembled things wrong, tweaked bolt heads, stripped threads and generally made about every mistake that could be made.
That's one of the reasons I have such respect for anyone who decides to take up a torch and go about creating a bicycle frame out of a bunch of steel tubes. Pondering over a pile of loose tubes takes some planning, confidence and commitment. Which brings us to today's highlighted entry:
Tim Fricker's Goshawk Touring
Current Classics Gallery #785
Tim took the design of his 1986 Miyata and then ramped up the clearances to cover 42 mm tires. He's already had the chance to do some light overnights and other short trips on the bicycle, and seems pretty pleased with it. The closeup of the seatstays show a good sense of stability and reliability. The choice of lugs and sloping fork crown pull it together nicely. All that he needs is a headbadge to finish things off.
#785 - Tim Fricker's Goshawk Touring
#786 - B. Saul's Nishiki International
#787 - B. Saul's Nishiki Continental Touring
#788 - B. Saul's Nishiki Continental "Raleigh"