Linda’s Bicycle – Frame #1

This is the first frameset I ever built. It was constructed under the direction and watchful eyes of Paul Wyganowski in his workshop during 2002-2003. About 90% of the bronze brazing and 95% of the silver brazing were done by me. Paul did the rest to demonstrate technique and heat control. The hand mitering, filing, and finishing were done entirely by me. It was built for my [ex-]wife, who is [I hope] enjoying it still.

All the tubes are Columbus SL, except for the top tube, which is Tange Prestige. The wall thicknesses for the main tubes at the butts are around 0.9mm, if I remember correctly. The frame and fork together weigh just over three pounds. Paint (Imron #51078, red) is by Joe Bell.

Vincent Domínguez Cycles was awarded “Best Fillet-Brazed” for this frameset at the 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show held in Austin, Texas. It went to NAHBS in 2006, 2010, and 2011. I’m not sure who all were the judges or what were the objective criteria used to make a determination for the award, but apparently the judges thought this frameset was a fit. I knew the brazing and finishing of the fillets was nearly flawless under the paint, and so did Paul Wyganowski (who double- and triple-checked all my brazing) and Joe Bell (who did the painting), but how did the judges know? Anyway, it’s nice to have the hard work put into this frameset recognized and the award is much appreciated by me.

Photo courtesy of handmadebicycleshow.com.

The work I put into this frameset is still the gold-standard by which I judge all my other work since then – and nothing less will do for my clients.

I no longer have the high-resolution photographs of this build, but I have included what I do have to give you an idea of what went into building this frame:

Photos courtesy of my now-ancient Nikon CoolPix 950, except the last eleven (Nikon D100 and D300).

Frame and Fork
Part Description
Top tube length (c-c) 52.0cm equivalent
Seat tube length (c-c) 38.0cm (46cm equivalent)
Bottom bracket drop 7.0cm
Chain stay length 43.5cm
Front center 55.7cm
Wheel size 700c (622)
Fork offset 5.2cm
Trail (25mm tires) 4.5cm
Head angle 73.0°
Seat angle 73.0°
Wheelbase 98.2cm
Head tube CrMo 31.8mm ø (1.1mm)
Top tube Tange Prestige 25.4mm ø (.8/.5/.8)
Down tube Tange Prestige 28.6mm ø (.9/.6/.9)
Seat tube Tange Prestige 28.6mm ø (.9/.6)
Bottom bracket shell CrMo 34mm ø (68mm width)
Chain stays Columbus Zona 30/16mm oval (.8/.6)
Chain stay bridge CrMo 9.5mm ø (.9)
Seat stays Tange Prestige
Seat stay bridge Cinelli 806
Dropouts G.P. Wilson, semi-vertical, 17-4 stainless, ultra-light
Steerer Columbus Thron, threadless 1”
Fork Crown Long Shen LC-01, stainless steel (38.5mm)
Fork Blades Tange Prestige 30/16mm ø (1.3/.9)
Fork Ends G.P. Wilson, 17-4 stainless, ultra-light
Components
Part Description
Saddle Selle Italia LDY
Seatpost Thomson – no set-back
Handlebars Ritchey Pro, 42cm
Shift/Brake Levers Shimano Dura-Ace (ST-7700), 9-speed
Handlebar Tape Cinelli Cork Ribbon, black
Handlebar Ends Velox – rubber, black
Stem Ritchey Pro, color-matched – 80mm
Headset Cane Creek, silver – threadless
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace (BR-7700)
Tires Vredestein Volante – 700c x 25mm
Inner Tubes Vredestein – 700c x 20mm
Rims Mavic CXP-33, 700c x 18mm, red, 36-hole
Spokes DT Swiss – stainless steel, brass nipples
Hubs Shimano Dura-Ace (FH-/HB-7700) – 36-hole, 130/100mm
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace (CS-7700), 12-25t, 9-speed
Chain Shimano Dura-Ace (CN-7700), 9-speed
Crankset Shimano Dura-Ace (FC-7700) – 172.5mm (Many thanks to Wayne Stetina at Shimano USA!)
Chainrings Specialités T.A. – 38/52t, red
Bottom Bracket Shimano Dura-Ace (BB-7700)
Pedals Shimano PD-M959
Dérailleur – Rear Shimano Dura-Ace (RD-7700)
Dérailleur – Front Shimano Dura-Ace (FD-7700) – braze-on
Water Bottle Cages King – stainless steel, silver (2x)
Computer Shimano Flite Deck (SC-6501)