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  • Is anyone else into steel? because i've been having a terrible time finding a nice lugged frame around here. I used to find them in the south (i found a nice steel schwinn frame in a dumpster that made a nice conversion outside of philadelphia).

    So instead of searching i decided i am going to get a frame custom built. The down side is it looks like shitty dumpster bikes for at least another 3 years before it gets completed.

    But yeah i guess if you have three grand to blow and are in the states this might be fun. I am currently trying to decide between bohemian and vanilla cycles. they both make killer rides...

  • Everybody here rides Langsters cause we love the Aluminium, steel is for hipsters.

  • Ha! I can't ride at the mo' so have been idly surfing for my perfect dream bike. Decided that a Jonny Cycle would probably do it.

    Then realised frame & forks (with all lovely polished lugs) would be about $3500.

    Not sure I'll be able to get that one past the Mrs unless we win the lottery.

  • Everybody here rides London Langsters cause we love the Aluminum, steel is for hipsters.

    Corrected.

  • Is anyone else into steel? because i've been having a terrible time finding a nice lugged frame around here. I used to find them in the south (i found a nice steel schwinn frame in a dumpster that made a nice conversion outside of philadelphia).

    So instead of searching i decided i am going to get a frame custom built. The down side is it looks like shitty dumpster bikes for at least another 3 years before it gets completed.

    But yeah i guess if you have three grand to blow and are in the states this might be fun. I am currently trying to decide between bohemian and vanilla cycles. they both make killer rides...

    Are you joking? There is a real explosion of frame building in the states at the moment. Vanilla, Moyer, Jonny Cycles, Fastboy, Sachs etc just look at the NAHBS list. Plenty of Steel frames in the UK too. You just gotta know where to look.

    Cash will be the clincher in any case, as you well know.

    Chris

  • Not to mention our very own forum member Mr. Don Walker:
    http://www.donwalkercycles.com/Welcome.h­tml

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  • Smooth fillet brazing on my new frame too:

  • Everybody here rides Langsters cause we love the Aluminium, steel is for hipsters.

    please forgive my ignorance but what's wrong with steel?

  • ^ Your sarcasm / humour detectors may require re-calibration, Sir.

  • please forgive my ignorance but what's wrong with steel?

    National Socialists used Steel bikes in the 1936 Olympics.

  • hahahahaha

  • National Socialists used Steel bikes in the 1936 Olympics.

    fucking genius

  • i just contacted Dave from Bohemian and it likes like we're going to rock.
    but i unno. that smoothness is gorgeous, but i can't pass up a gorgeous lug.
    looks like i have a year to come up with the cash for this guy at least though.
    i'm really pumped though. i can get off these dumpstered frames and on one of these.

    what really sucks is the only fixie we have at shoppe is a 2 ear old langster that is too small for me so i'm stuck riding around on a tarmac when i have to take customers for a test ride.. on the up side i'm the only ss/fixie guy at the shoppe get to do more conversions for kids sinnce we have nothing off peg. (though i guess we're getting some shit raleighs in.)

  • Good morning, thanks for the intro!

    Now, who wants a crappy old Langster when you can have handmade steel?

    BTW, Reynolds is celebrating their 110 year anniversary and will be re-introducing some 531 tubes, which imho, was the best bike tube ever! Comfy and stiff enough to sprint on, I loved the stuff!

    So, why you want lugs when you can have smoooove fillet-y goodness like this?

    DW

    Stop teasing us, Mr Walker...

    :p

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  • "Now, who wants a crappy old Langster when you can have handmade steel?"

    Me.. because there's no way I'd be leaving my custom steel frame locked up day after day in London.. I don't care how many security staff wander around here.


    That's for the building management cnuts that stopped me locking up inside. Fsck 'em!

  • Im a steel man personally.

    Im going to point the obvious here but...

    The best "feature" to have on a single speed and especially fixed gear bike is rigidity.

    Steel is by volume much more rigid.

    Which means you can have a slinky lean frame (or a classic lugged "traditional" look) which feels superbly responsive and agile to ride.

    You can obviously get the same rigidity out of an aluminium frame, but they obviously have to be a lot fatter.

    The specialized langster for example, looks like a turdalicious generic taiwan modern gizmoed up road frame discarded from halfords and stripped of its only decent parts (the gears).

    But some people like that kind of thing.

  • i never realized how many folks hate the langsters so fucking much.

    oh to clear up, it's not that i can't find a steel frame new, i can't find any used frames these days. dumpster or craigslist or ebay. once in a while i can find a yard sale.

    but my new ride is steel. i just gotta get her painted and some new pedals.

  • langsters rule ;)

  • Provenrad, is that a new Arthur Caygill, as in new built, or just new to you?

    Smooth fillet brazing on my new frame too:

  • Im a steel man personally.

  • DW

    GULP

    that is a thing of some beauty. sure, it's a months' wages, but....

  • Provenrad, is that a new Arthur Caygill, as in new built, or just new to you?

    New to me! BoBoB got me the entire rideable bike for £205. Curvy seattube:

  • that is the best buy I've seen for a while.
    really nice fillet brazing.

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