man, i haven’t been this excited about a build project in a long time. a few weeks ago i mentioned offhand to WR that i was thinking of getting my beloved fixed townie loos3y coupled. that frame’s been with me a long time, been through hell actually, and it remains my favorite of my stable. so i thought it would be awesome to be able to take it with me on trips. and WR had been fantasizing about building a coupled frame for a while, so it got him amped again. next thing you know, it was on. we had bikes stripped down to their frames and down at the framebuilder before we knew it.
the downside was that in EACH of our cases, the frames we wanted to use weren’t going to be viable. in his case, it was an old frame made of questionable quality steel that may have ended up being just a waste of a LOT of money (this is a VERY expensive process) when it finally broke or imploded or whatever. and in my case, loos3y’s frame had some fluted tubing on the downtube near the BB, so the coupler would have had to be put way further up than is structurally sound.
and what does all this mean when you’re a bike geek? that’s right, TIME TO BUY NEW FRAMES!!! WR ponied up for a gorgeous SOMA van ness track frame with chromed lugging at the head tube, while i went for the no frills pake rum runner track frame. since these frames were going to be stripped and cut and welded it really didn’t matter what color they were. my frame is red, my fork is black, and i don’t know what WRs stuff was before it was all done up nice.
anyway, a CRUSHING work schedule disallowed me from going to powdercoat immediately, which is why in all of these pictures it’s half-red, half-steel and all fucked up. but it goes to pc on tuesday morning, so before long it’ll be sporting it’s new look, which i’m keeping a secret for now. (incidentally, you can see WR’s after powdercoat over HERE.)
so that’s the frame up top, coupled. and here it is un-coupled…
i fucking love that picture. it’s so wrong and weird. only a bike geek would pony up over a grand to have a $150 frame cut in half and then re-attached.
here’s a closeup of one of the coupler joints…
i’m really thrilled that the couplers are lugged. it gives a nice touch of class to an otherwise plain frame. oh yeah, one kind of cool detail — since the frame didn’t come with bottle bosses, he added them for me. so i can still rock the hydration.
so stay tuned for further shots, as the build comes together. it should be pretty quick after powdercoating.