In addition to superior anatomical fit, custom lugged frames can be constructed with superior materials that require more labor intensive construction techniques which only the small manufacturer seems willing to take on. There are many excellent mass-produced bicycles out there, but few these days match the attention to detail, in design and construction, that the smaller builder can offer.
My lugged framesets are silver brazed to preserve the intended characteristics of high quality steel tubing. Silver brazing also makes future frame repair easier, if ever needed. This frame is going to last your lifetime and perhaps well beyond; making it easier to repair after a crash in 90 to 100 years isn’t a bad idea.
Every Prairie Crow frameset is made right here in Minneapolis. That’s designed AND manufactured. Not to knock any companies doing local design; they do great work at that; Prairie Crow Bikeworks is in the business of starting and finishing that process, in one place, right here in Minneapolis. I use top quality steel bicycle tubing from Kasai and Columbus. I also stock a range of out-of-production tubes from True Temper, Columbus, and a few lesser known tubing manufacturers. The same goes for lugs and fork crowns; I stock American-made investment cast lugs, crowns, and dropouts, as well as high quality out-of-production NOS options for riders looking for a specific look.
I am also happy to build lone replacement forks for existing bicycles; having a replacement fork with proper handling geometry for its frame makes a world of difference! Plus if you’d like, your new fork can have features your old fork did not, like rack mounts and dynamo routing.
~See the frame above built up in the Radavist write-up: theradavist.com/2017/06/minnecycle-2017-prairie-crow-bikeworks-shred-muter-jarrod-bunk/#21
If you are thinking about a custom frame set, shoot me an email or give me a call. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have, to help you understand what I do here and why, and how it relates to your future dream machine.
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