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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!
Corey Fox has just posted a report of his visit to the workshops of Ghisallo rims.
His first tour was in 2009 and his report may be a composite of several visits, since Corey lives in Italy. As he relates, the Cermenati family is tight knit and embodies the artisan ethic. They preserve, as well as the actors at America’s famous Williamsburg village, an historic craft.
Interpreting wood to make beautiful, fast, and rugged bicycle rims took generations to evolve. Today, Ghisallo combines the best from their experience with the latest enhancements that don’t detract from craft: materials like 2-part epoxy, techniques like thinner laminations and cloth layers, and a respect for forest sustainability. Beech wood, as you may know, is one of the few hardwoods that is arguably sustainable.
Check Corey’s article and enjoy his tour of the “workshop” of Ghisallo rims.
On a sad note, I should add that Giovanni’s wife, Teresa, passed away one year ago. We can only imagine what a deep loss the family has suffered. However, the rims are in production, life goes on, and Spring is arriving to the Italian alps.
When Eddie Hauswurz got his Masi cross bike, he knew it was going to be artistic as well as functional. Leather bar tape, brown suede saddle, golden champagne paint job…a perfect setup for a pair of wood rims.
He decided on a pair of DT 240 hubs and we built a set of Elegant rims using butted 14 gauge spokes. My daughter, Kristina, laced them up and I did the finish tension and truing. Eddie glued on Challenge 27mm Paris-Roubaix tubulars. Ahhh, the ride of royalty!
Take a look, isn’t this a knockout rig?
The 2011 Handbuilt Bike Show is just 10 days away. This year’s extravaganza will be hosted in Austin, Feb 25 and 26. Wheel Fanatyk will display our wheels and tools and I hope to see as many of you as possible.
So many unique bikes and components are built for a show like this, attendees are full of anticipation. Among the surprises will be a his and her pair of city bikes conceived by Brett Horton of hortoncollection.com fame. I won’t spill the details but am proud to be building the wheels. Ghisallo agreed to make four special profile 650B rims with mahogany inlays.
The hubs are Phil Wood one-offs, the rear contain Rohloff 14 speed internal guts. I could hardly believe my eyes when these hubs arrived in Seattle. Before shipping them back, I caught a couple images.