In late 2008 there were two unbelievably amazing bikes on US ebay… they were the crazy ornate type, long tangs on lugs and crown, custom drilled and embellished chainrings, panto everything. I usually dislike too much faff, and especially heavy faff like tangs, but these two bikes stuck with me and I can still see some of the details in my minds eye now. Anyway, I had forgotten the builder until last night when I was looking for 30th birthday presents for my wife. I found this, and immediately thought it might be “The Buidler” that I had forgotten.
I cant see any pics of those two bikes that I remember, but velo orange dude also saw them and noted them on his blog by the looks of it. The classic rendezvous page on him shows a flash of some of his work, but nothing close to those two bikes I saw in 2008. I wish I had bought them. Anyone remember the bikes I am talking about? anyone save the pics of them? I was in Korea and the sound of online shooty games muddled my head so I didnt snap and save.
I wonder if I will regret not buying this one as much. Price looks like good buying to me. Paint is really nice, and reminds me just a bit of my alltiem fave Weigle paint scheme… she loves it but apparently doesnt want any more bikes. Boo.
edit: since theyre not mentioned in this section, if you ever questioned the notion that USA builders are unreal, now is a good time to see lovely examples from JP Weigle, Richard Sachs and a Witcomb that is bigger than anything I’ve seen before and may have been built by one of them… i’m not sure if its possible, but itd be cool to be able to find out who built each witcomb