I made a pilgrimage up to Santa Rosa last night to check out the Gran La Fawnduh handmade bike show. It was dark by the time I got there, so no photos worth sharing, but I did manage to get a glimpse of bikes by Steve Rex, Cielo, Black Cat, Rock Lobster, Rebolledo, Bruce Gordon, Sycip, and Soulcraft. Every single bike I saw made me drool more than the last, which might explain why I'm feeling so dehydrated this morning despite my steady, disciplined beer intake. Got to spend a few minutes talking with Steve Rex, Sean Walling (Soulcraft), and Bruce Gordon. Nice guys all around. The next bike in my quiver has got to be a Soulcraft Groundskeeper, which I plan to order as soon as I find a bag of gold buried in my yard (Confidence is high). And yes, I will get it in that nice powder blue color despite the fact that Drew and Sui Juris will make fun of me for riding my wife's bike (they can both suck it).
The highlight, besides the awesome Whiskeydrome, which was open for all comers regardless of IQ/inebriation level, and the other assorted Handcar Regatta creations, was Bruce Gordon's stunning titanium lugged, carbon tube one of a kind concept bike. Full gallery here. It took Bruce, and one other guy, two months, full-time, to make it. The lugs are milled from solid titanium bar stock, the tubes are custom carbon by the Serotta guy (forgot his name, sorry Serotta guy), the brakes are custom, the seatpost is custom, as are the stem, the lights, the racks, the tires... it is an amazing thing to behold. Not wild about the 650b wheels, which look a little goofy (in my unworthy, lame-ass opinion), but that is my only comment that is not glowing. And if you want one, Bruce said he will gladly build you your very own for the low, low price of $45,000. That includes the decals. I plan to order mine when I find an armored car filled with gold buried in my neighbor's yard (Confidence is low).