The Story: I met Kath and her husband at the New Amsterdam Bike Show. They were interested in a high quality bike and really wanted to get something locally made. A few months later the bicycle was complete. I love all the bikes I make here at the work shop but some are special. This bike was the culmination of a rewarding collaborative experience.
The Bike: This bike is the ultimate townie. We chose to outfit her 650B wheels to accommodate the smaller rider and tighter geometry. It has internal brake cable routing, hooked up to a powerful PAUL V-brake. The Shifter cable is also internally routed through the down tube and links to a internally geared 8-speed hub. A bar end shifter was installed for ease of use and a stream-lined aesthetic. We polished the whole frame and had it chromed, finishing everything off with a brilliant yellow paint job and a all American component group. Though this bike is not my size, I still took it for a test ride, as I do all the bikes that roll out of the shop. It rolled so effortlessly down the street and was such a pleasantly comfortable ride that I almost wanted to keep it for my-self. This lovely bike had a great deal to do with the decision to include a ladies step-through in our new production line of bikes called the Urban-Tour. Hopefully continuing the legacy of this little roadster. Please see more photos on our flickr page.
We have moved to a house right by the water in Port Melbourne. There is bike track that runs along the water. Life is good here! As you can see I have finally unpacked my bike and taken it for a spin. It’s such a comfortable ride you did an amazing job -thanks!!”