June 6, 2012
Here is the latest build – A 1974 Motobecane Grand Record built up for Alder a local SF barber. The master of cuts needed some wheels to commute to work at FSC Barber in the Mission District. I hunted down this beautiful French frame and went to work on creating a fast and fun city bike. Some of the bikes features are: Campagnolo Nuovo Record/ TA drivetrain . Polished TA cranks w/ hand painted details, handstitched leather bar wrap, Hammered Honjo fenders, Check out more of this beauty here!
March 9, 2011
I recently completed a porteur style bike for Grant’s Marketplace, a great market/deli/ coffee shop in the neighborhood of South Park in San Diego. It’s an awesome locally owned store with great coffee, products and great people. The Build: Vintage Dawes frame, Campagnolo Nuovo Record components, Stronglight cranks, french style hammered fenders and racks, and plenty of custom details. Enjoy!
Porteur bicycles were popular in Paris in the early days of cycling, many were used to carry huge stacks of newspapers on their front racks for deliveries. Prior to WWII and during the war many races were held to showcase the talented couriers.
Brooks aged saddle and seat bag, Hand painted Mafac brakes, Silca pump and of course any Porteur needs a shiny brass bell.
Leather straps and brass hardware on the custom laser engraved signage…… and a bit of gold leaf on the seat stays.
February 25, 2011
“Silca is a pump maker in Milan, Italy. The Impero is one of three pumps that they have their gained great reputation on. The Impero is an extremely light weight, frame fit pump historically used for Road racing purposes only” …These pumps were always found on the classiest racing bikes back in the day. They were many times painted to match the frame. I found a collection of these old Silca pumps in varying condition as you can see. With a little bit of elbow grease I hope to get these in working order and you’ll see these on some of my custom bicycles.
February 20, 2011
I found these old wood planks outside the building today….. workin’ on creating a new display for the shop.
February 17, 2011
February 9, 2011
‘Sanding down this salvaged wood piece from an old door. It will turn into a nice bicycle sign to fit within the frame triangle… a little bit more more sanding to do.
November 15, 2010
I finished up Ron’s De Rosa last week. It was a real treat to work on. I love painting Campagnolo Seatposts and cranks. It’s always a nice touch when it’s done right. I cleaned and polished the parts and re- painted the yellow accent on all the pantographs. These turned out great. I also hand stitched the leather bar wrap on the Cinelli bars a forest green leather that I think compliments the greens and blues on the frame nicely. Here are some shots of the bike right after it was completed. Enjoy!
May 27, 2010
Although our workshop is still about 85% completed we have had a couple friends come by to see our progress. We definitely like when people roll through. Our big grand opening will be June 26th, when the SD Space 4 art building will be having a big shindig with open studios, music and of course art! Our workshop will be open and along with our bike projects on display there will be GS Cicleria products for sale. If you can’t wait till then feel free to contact us if you would like a sneak peek visit to see what we have been working on: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 26, 2010
Day one of the last four final days of the construction of our workshop at the SD Space 4 art building in downtown San Diego. The walls are up and it’s all coming together. I helped out today at the space, mostly just clearing out and sweeping the finished studio spaces and dusting the wood beams and ducts. I got to check out our finished workshop space. It’s Awesome! The space is right under a beautiful skylight, so plenty of natural light. One wall is all brick. All the artists will be customizing their doors to their studios. I already have some ideas for mine. Tomorrow it’s painting, sanding and finishing. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out today.
February 22, 2010
New parts for my latest build – Honjo hammered fenders & french porteur rack. More to come…..