Re: [CR]Was: "mass-produced" Hetchins, now ornate lugs

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Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 11:12:32 -0800
To: Richard M Sachs <>
From: Jan Heine <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Was: "mass-produced" Hetchins, now ornate lugs


I couldn't agree more. One of the reason I prefer a hand-made frame is that production frames rarely offer the performance, because not enough care was taken when building them. Witness all the bikes coming out of Taiwan now where the two wheels are not in a plane. When catching up on them from behind, it is totally obvious that they are crab-tracking down the road. They all are off the same way, probably all came from the same factory!

Jan Heine, Seattle
>3) BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i always wondered why
>there's such a focus on 'them there 3 fancy-ish lugs'.
>once you get past the '...3 lugs', there is an entire
>frame to reckon with. are the wheels correctly spaced
>apart? how is the rider's center of gravity? will the frame's
>descending manners inspire confidence? is the frame
>'straight'? will the frame allow the parts hung on it to
>perform efficiently? jeeeez. there is no much more to
>'all this' than just 3 freaking lugs, or 'lugwork'.