Re: [CR]Preview of Jamie Swan frame for sale @ Cirque

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Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 07:42:08 -0400
From: "Edward Albert" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Preview of Jamie Swan frame for sale @ Cirque

IMHO this is the deal of the decade (century? Millennium?) Jamie seems to refuse to take orders to build bikes. Maybe its because he only finishes about one a year and has ten orders. He certainly has refused my attempts to get one. Jamie, like one of my other favs, Peter Johnson, are trained tool and die makers. My father was a die maker and I worked in his t & d shop growing up. I know the tolerances these guys work to. I have seen Jamie at work, and his attention to the kind of detail required of a tool maker is present in his approach to frame building. The work is precision incarnate. If he could just cut 7 cm off this bike It would NOT make it as far as Cirque! Unlike some of the excesses I believe are present in recent years, Jamie is of the form follows function school. That's Harvard! I do not mean to insult anyone by leaving them out of this group but I don't know them all. Of those I do know, however, I would include in this crew those like Peter J., Peter W., eRichie, and Bruce Gordon. Edward Albert Chappaqua, New York, U.S.A.
>>> James Swan <> 05/27/08 10:00 PM >>> I've got an unpainted frame set here that I plan on bringing to sell at Cirque. I didn't have a particular customer in mind when I built it last Fall. I just wanted to road test the new jig and tube mitering fixtures that I spent the previous Winter building. The tooling worked out great... The level of workmanship on this frame kit is the same as my custom bikes but the lugs are Newvex instead of hand cut. The price is $1200 unpainted. I will supply decals. Click here for details and photos:

Jamie Swan
Northport, New York, U.S.A.
Centerport Cycles Inc. (mapped)