A gorgeous MTB from FRO Imports in Italy. Paolo Faccini is a good friend of the Ghisallo people.
The bike is their new Funk La Ruta frame and the rim finish is D, dark. We don’t stock these rims but you can order them directly.
Paolo says “we are already stunned by its beauty.” Me, too!
In the life of a wheel fanatic, there can be many high points. Every build, hell, each ride is a reward. But once in a long, long while something very special comes around. Curtis Odom’s hubs are such a treat.
As incentive for getting your restoration or art bike project on the road, here are three more images of Lawrence Wach’s Mead Ranger.
Revolution Cycles in Ohio are putting out a steady stream of classics. You deserve to see this one.
Reminiscent of grass track racers and urban messengers of the early 20th century, this little beauty combines a determined attitude with artisan details. Read more →
Many fans of artistic bicycles were intrigued with photo’s from this years Handbuilt bike show in Austin. In our booth an entirely wood wheel was on display. Huh?
For those of us in the North Hemisphere, Summer is on. Time for weather adjustment and sunny habits. Non is quite so appealing as casually cruising on a balloon tire bike, preferably near a body of water, few hills, and plenty of sights.
Lawrence Wach in San Diego decided to restore a mid 1920’s Mead Ranger. This top of the line machine was wood rim equipped.
I’ve never ridden such fabulous wheels as the Ghisallo wood rimmed wheels you built for me. I glued FMB Paris Roubaix tubulars to them and the ride is phenomenal!
Rick Mayer in Connecticut took time deciding just how to equip his classic Hetchins. Wood rims are not technically the same era but the aesthetic is totally consistent. I laced Corsa rims on a pair of NOS Campagnolo Record hubs and it’s easy to think they were original equipment.
Isn’t the gold of the head and seat tube panels a good visual with the warm honey brown of the beech wood rims?
What a nice gift to a favorite ride. Let’s hope Rick finds plenty of time to enjoy his “new” machine.
Among Canada’s greatest cyclists, none was so flamboyant as Torchy Peden, nicknamed on account of his flaming red hair and tendency to tear off the front.
It’s actually been one year since Gregg’s restored Somec hit the roads of the Santa Cruz Mountains. But it was Spring and this is a good time to celebrate.
Gregg was a mechanic at Wheelsmith, back in our glory days. Was he the best mechanic to work in that fabled store? Could be. Anyhow, he met his wife-to-be there, Diane Kim. Diane managed the unruly affair for some challenging years and those two eventually became hitched. Can I take some credit? I don’t think so.
Back to the bike! Gregg recently began restoring a 1984 Somec he acquired while at the Los Gatos Wheelsmith. It has a Nuovo Record group with a long range Rally rear derailleur and corresponding triple crank. All it needed was wood rims and fresh air!