On purchasing a hand built bicycle
August 24, 2012 2:43 PM Subscribe
On purchasing a hand built bicycle, similar to this one.
I'd love some advice.
posted by special agent conrad uno to travel & transportation around Chicago, IL (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Really, that Pashley Guv'nor is exactly what I want. Except, those are impossible to find in the US, and I'd rather support a (more) local builder. So, here are my desires:
Extreme simplicity. I ride fixed, currently, and I want to switch to gears for commuting. No more than 6 gears; if I have a derailleur, I only want a rear one. And ideally I want an internal 3spd rear hub.
Good looking lugs. Yes a nice weld job is nice, but really, I want a steel frame with pretty lugs. Because of the looks.
Road or touring geometry... perhaps racing geometry? I ride aggressively, and I don't want some wiener geometry that puts me super erect.
I'm thinking 1500$ is my upper budget limit.
So should I just go with this Pashley? Holy hell it is gorgeous, and it fits all of my specifications. But I love to support local, and I'm in Chicago, and I imagine there has to be some great US bike builders that I could connect up with. Also, these Pashleys tend to get marked up to around 2500 by the time they get through US distribution, and that's is a little out of my price range.