Hello fellow fixed wheel afficionados!

I present to you my new fixed road bike lovingly silver brazed by Hugh Black at True North Cycles ( www.truenorthcycles.com )

I had in my mind a do anything road bike with horizontal drops, clearance for biggish tires and fenders for foul weather days and rides.

I needed custom because i have ridiculously long legs and not so long torso (hence the 60 cm ST and 56 TT)

I've always loved the look of lugs, and really wanted a combination of new and old, the best of the late 70's (clearance and aesthetics) but with more modern components

So here it is. Parts as it sits now are a blend of modern and not so modern.

The frame is silver brazed with Pacenti Pro lugs, a custom Pacenti downtube, flared at the BB lug for stiffness, top tube is Columbus Foco, Seat tube is True Temper Platinum, chainstays are True Temper Platinum and the seatstays are good old Reynolds 531. The fork crown is a Richards Sachs, with the requisite hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs on the fork reinforcing tangs. The paint job is awesome, I had Hugh's painter do it in a nice gloss black, then Hugh himself did the lug lining in red, then back to the painter for some clear coat.

I wanted it to match the Ksyrium ES wheels that will eventually live on this when i convert it to a geared road bike (later in the year as I'm really enjoying the ride right now.) as well as the red Richard Sachs Selle San Marco Regal saddle.

Gearing is 42x16, crank is an older SR Royal , rear cog is surly, rear wheel is an '84 Campy Record laced to a Mavic MA 40, front is currently Ksyrium ES.

Fenders and a honkin' 'welcome' friend friendly rear mudflap ('cause you're welcome to draft!) keep me and my riding buddies clean.

NOS dia compe standard reach brake. 105 levers with white(ish) hoods make it stop.

The tires are the beautiful, supple, light (under 300 g!) 700x30 Grand Bois Cypres' which I love for the kind of riding I do, lot's of dirt, gravel and rough Quebec roads.

So there you are.

rodd who just rid




True North - seat lug detail
True North - side view
True North - top headtube lug
True North - seat lug detail
True North - lower headtube lug and fork crown




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