I talked with my favorite frame builder yesterday. Turns out the down economy is not good for business, even for people that are at the top of their chosen profession.
What does this mean for you? It doesn't mean lower prices, but it does mean much shorter waiting lists. If you have been thinking about getting a custom hand made frame that you've always dreamed of, there's no better time than now. Call your favorite frame builder and send in that deposit.
Unfortunately, I'm not in position to purchase a second dream machine. Heck, just this past January I finally paid off the bicycle I took delivery of in October of 2008.
Have you been thinking about modifying an existing frame? Modifications that require an experienced frame builder? I have. I never thought my favorite frame builder would take on frame repair jobs. But I asked any way. And guess what? He said sure. He said it's a good way to fill in the gaps when orders are down. Huh....good to know. Mind you, there are no discounts. We all have to make a living you know. But what you get is some quick turn around for something that normally may take months, or even a year or more.
So here's my teaser. I bet your wondering what modifications could I possibly need? Well, I'm not going to tell you until it's done. But I will tell you what bike. My tried and true Surly Cross Check will soon be a one of a kind Cross Check. Not only will there be some modest frame manipulations that will void any warranty that still exists. But it will be a new color NOT picked out by the boys at Surly World HQ's. I think us Surly riders all have one issue or another with the color choices available from Surly.
Have I piqued your interest? I hope so! My new, improved Cross Check is going to blow your whole image of me.