Again, another strike! I truely appreciate the contribution that Grant has made to aiding in the change in perspective about bicycles. Some of the changes I completely disagree with (like extended headtubes, redicul ous) but others are very positive. He must be given credit for what he h as done for all of us. Yes, the bike setup is clumsey and very pedestria n and there is little harmony in that way; and yet it works and is right for some poeple. The genuine constructeur bicycle is a remarkable piece of design and craftsmanship and will occupy a catagory of it's own, not to be confused with the other approach. Look for them to try to follow this trend also.
La Mesa, CA
Grant's bikes were an effort to solve some of the problems, but his non- integrated approach makes the bike's use combersome. Rear bags hanging off seats (hitting the riders behind), zip-tied fenders, no provision fo r internal lighting systems. Sure his bikes address the issues in a rou ndabout way, but but the whole is ungainly and not as seemless to the ri der.
The construteur approach gets it all in a nice package with no excuses. And the advantage is the constructeur bike offers endless opportunties for the craftsmanship and innovation that folks like Peter Weigle, Bruce Gordon - and shorty Brian Baylis can wow us with.
Mike Kone in Boulder CO
> Mike Kone says: "So its not fancy lugs, its not about being part of a
> trend, its about the best tool for the job. It just so happens that th e job
> bikes are best at, is the same job that most people mistakenly purchas e
> ultra light race bikes to accomplish. They are buying the wrong tool. When
> becomes more understood, contructeur type integrated bikes will gain t he
> recognition they deserve."
> But, hasn't Grant at Rivendell advocated this sort of bike for years?
> The integrated bike on the other hand is more than just a frame with p arts.
> Bruce Gordon's integrated racks, Peter Weigel and Mike Barry's offerin gs
> have done it. I'm anxious to see whether that is what Brian is doing o r
> whether it is just a touring frame with bolt on parts. A fully integra ted
> ala some of the fine French machines with internally routed electrical
> cables, would be something that would really interest me.
> Lou Deeter, Orlando FL