Royal H Cycles http://royalhcycles.com Custom made bicycle frames in Boston MA Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:02:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Scott’s Single Speed http://royalhcycles.com/scotts-single-speed/ http://royalhcycles.com/scotts-single-speed/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:59:59 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1409 This bike features the elusive Columbus MS tubeset. I don’t know if I will get to work with these tubes again- they are rare and almost always expensive. I happened upon a deal and had to use it for this frame- a no-nonsense single speed for cruising the streets of NYC. The MS tubes were the result of a late 80s collaboration between Columbus and Gilco Design, where each tube was analyzed and shaped for its particular application. This means no tubes are the same and there are no constant cross sections. It looks like a standard bike from 5′ away, but when you get closer, the unusual tube shapes start to stand out- teardrop downtube, tapering seat tube, triangular non-drive chainstay. The seat tube lug socket is off center, biased forward, allowing for shorter chainstays and a stiffer rear end. A nightmare to machine, but fairly easy to braze thanks to the corresponding lugset (even more rare). Its completion corresponded to the NYC Bike Cult show, and so got a special show worthy paint scheme. Campagnolo was the obvious choice for such an Italian tubeset. The result is as fast as it looks.

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John’s Rohloff Road http://royalhcycles.com/johns-rohloff-road/ http://royalhcycles.com/johns-rohloff-road/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 18:21:27 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1390 This bike started with a simple premise- a multi-speed bike that has the clean lines of a single speed. There are a few choices in the internally geared hub world, but one stands out as the undisputed champion- the Rohloff Speedhub. 14 gears offering a huge range in one hub. Add a belt drive to the mix and you have quite the tidy drivetrain. The rest of the parts follow suit- Paragon Machine Works, Chris King, Paul, Nitto. This bike started its life fairly streamlined, but it has all the capabilities for fenders and racks if the need arises. Quite a fun commuter, a capable road bike, a versatile touring machine. It could even be a belt drive single speed with a new rear wheel…

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Jason’s Track http://royalhcycles.com/jasons-track/ http://royalhcycles.com/jasons-track/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:36:40 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1380 this is one good looking track bike. i used a columbus oversized downtube lends some extra stiffness to the frame while keeping the weight down, and did a little machining on the top tube lugs for flourish. the entire frameset was chromed and painted with a tinted purple clearcoat to give it a bright, smooth finish. and the parts! the phil wood track cranks are the real highlight, but everything on this bike is solid. it was built to go fast on the streets of boston, and that’s exactly what it’s been doing!

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Ruth’s Porteur http://royalhcycles.com/ruths-porteur/ http://royalhcycles.com/ruths-porteur/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:08:17 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1329 a great bike for a great friend. these are the best to build- i had a function requirement, fit dimensions, and the suggestion of color from ruth and the rest was up to me. and the result was a very handsome porteur bike. i tried a new (to royal h) “semi-fastback” seatstay technique which i think looks quite nice. lots of velo orange parts for the build. it’s set up for hauling now, but with a few quick changes, this would be a capable road bike. oh, and as for the lack of fenders, while a true porteur bike need some sort of water management system, this bike is headed to LA, where it never rains. the braze ons are there if ruth ever returns to the east coast, don’t worry.

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Bryan’s Touring http://royalhcycles.com/bryans-touring/ http://royalhcycles.com/bryans-touring/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:11:08 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1300 This is one of the benefits of being a custom framebuilder- building bikes for yourself! And this one fits like a GLOVE. Hands down the most comfortable bike I’ve ever thrown a leg over. The touring geometry/position, carbon wound up fork, and s-bend stays all add up to an incredibly nice ride. The bar end shifters are classic touring, and also the shifters I had on my first 10 speed, so a little nostalgic as well. I’ve done a few rides fully loaded, and it feels very well balanced. A little slower on the uphills with all that gear, but the handling is perfect. The parts are no-nonsense, and have proven quite reliable thus far. This bike has room for cross tires as well, so off-road rides aren’t out of the question either. And a 3rd water bottle if I ever travel into the desert.

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Tom’s Vintage Randonneur http://royalhcycles.com/toms-vintage-randonneur/ http://royalhcycles.com/toms-vintage-randonneur/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:21:18 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1250 This bike is a real custom- Tom had  a real vision of what he wanted in a randonneuring bike- the style and class of an older French machine with the tailored fit and reliable functionality of a modern custom. The result was something that at first glance looks like a Daniel Rebour drawing come to life. Tom and I worked together on the parts- he sourced the vintage French components, while I built wheels with modern alloy rims and the best German generator hubs of this day and age (Schmidt). Tom had the extra benefit of having a talented machinist who created a lot of the vintage looking braze on pieces for this frame. It was the extra touch that made this bike truly unique. The bare chrome is a Royal H first (as were the bi-laminate head tube joints), but looks great with the red bar tape and graphics. This was one of the more ambitious builds I’ve done, and I don’t think I could have pulled off such a convincing job without Tom’s help. A bike like this isn’t something you see every day. Tom keeps me posted on the miles he’s put on it, and it’s up to the task to handle the roads and dirt of New England! Not just a bike for looking at after all.

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Single Speed Cyclocross Prototype http://royalhcycles.com/single-speed-cyclocross-prototype/ http://royalhcycles.com/single-speed-cyclocross-prototype/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:57:06 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1217 This bike was a lot of fun to build- I really wanted to combine a lug and fillet on a tapered head tube. This allowed me to use a carbon fiber fork with a tapered steerer tube. The lines of the head tube flow perfectly into the massive carbon fork, and the entire bike looks balanced. The TRP Hylex brakes also were a big reason to build this bike- they look good and are powerful brakes. I built this bike for the Bike Cult Show in NYC, and now it needs a real owner- please check out the flickr page for all the parts details and pricing. The seat tube is 57cm, the top tube 56.5cm (center to center). Photos by Eric Baumann.

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paint by tim dixon, photos by eric baumann.

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Chauncey’s Road http://royalhcycles.com/chaunceys-road/ http://royalhcycles.com/chaunceys-road/#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 15:34:59 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1187 this bike really captures the randonneuring spirit- everything you need to bang out a few hundred fast miles over a 90 hour period, and nothing you don’t. fenders to keep that rooster tail off your back (and your friends’ faces); generator powered lights that keeps you rolling into the night, and connect to the hub via the dropout, so there’s no wires to get fouled when you’re bleary eyed and changing a flat at three in the morning; front bag mount to bring all your goos, banannas, ponchos, and sunglasses; big range gearing to get up the steepest hills; super powerful braze on paul centerpull brakes to get you down without having a heart attack. this bike can take 32mm tires with fenders, and if you take the fenders off, you can get another 10mm more tire in there. so it may see some off road miles too. these bikes are fun to build- a lot of functional requirements, but ultimately a light bike that needs to be both comfortable and fast. this is very much why you get a custom bike. this particular bike was requested with “medium trail”, around 40mm, and the reports from the owner are glowing. excellent paint by tim dixon, captured in front of the beautiful boston harbor by eric baumann.

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Joe’s Road http://royalhcycles.com/joes-road/ http://royalhcycles.com/joes-road/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:03:36 +0000 http://royalhcycles.com/?p=1114 this bike was a lot of fun to make. the fillet brazing allowed for total freedom in geometry, which was helpful in designing a frame with 6 degrees of top tube slope for a rider with a history of lower back problems. and for a lugged builder, it’s nice to throw the brass around every now and again. another challenge of the build was trying to hit an aggressive budget without skimping on components. i’m happy to say that this bike fit the rider perfectly and came in under $4000, which is a great price for a complete custom bike, if you ask me! i’ve used sram apex before, and it gets better every year. it’s my go to group for customers who want no nonsense performance at a good price. for customers who want lots of nonsense at a maximum price, i can do that as well. this is custom, after all. the excellent paint on this bike was done by jay at circle a cycles, and captured on film by eric baumann.

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