Here it is, still unpolished. The quality is flawless. There will be small production run made in Annapolis.
I don't have a final cost yet, but my best guess is that the handmade version will be between $60 and $85 with all fitting and hardware. They will have a lightly brushed finished. You can reserve one by e-mail.
We're looking into having a larger production run made, but that's probably a few months off.
This one will go on my city bike in the next day or two and I'll post photos.
The hole in the prototype is too small to allow convenient assembly. You can do it with a TA type crank, but it's a pain. So we've enlarged it to about 75mm which allows it to easily fit all the classic cranks in the shop.
I'm considering making a second version with a 110 mm hole to fit modern cranks.
This one takes chainrings up to 49t which I think is sufficient. I'll run a 49t ring (yes they make odd tooth rings) on my bike because I happen to have one, but I suspect most folks will opt for 48t or 46t.
I thought I had the mounting hardware all figured out. But the company I was going to buy draw bolts from is all out. Anyone know of a good source of fender stay-type draw bolts?
15 May, 2007
Posted by Velo Orange at 1:43:00 PM