Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cross-Check Cosmesis...

Tom—cold-steel craftsman over at the eponymous Palermo Bicycles—has been hard at work on the comparatively unglamorous job of replacing the dropouts on my vintage Cross-Check.

With a new addition to his family, plenty of new frame orders (the guy makes some beautiful bikes!), and my add-on request for rack spool braze-ons1, time has been short at the one-man, Baltimore-based operation. But the frame repair is now nearing completion. Finish-filing and sanding are done, and a coat of paint is the only task left before the frame is ready for pick-up2. Timing is right; I need a change from the bent-over riding position of the more refined Casseroll, which is a bit more delicate over the oft-times pothole plagued streets of DC on the daily commute. Not to mention, the impending cooler weather means plenty of overnighter opportunities hovering on the horizon, and the Cross-Check is ideal for that kind of thing.

Tom ran into a bit of a snag during the repair process. Seems the dropouts Surly uses are Campy knockoffs—inexpensive copies of the Italian bits that still get the job done, but on a budget. Tom wasn't able to locate replacement knockoffs, so he went one better and procured some genuine Campagnolo parts, at no extra charge. Nice.

If you're on the prowl for a custom road or cross bike, or if you have a fractured frame that needs a little lovin', check out Tom's work and be impressed.



Photo credits: Tom Palermo.

1. These are standard features on new model Cross-Checks. They dispense with the need for the pipe-hanger set-up when attaching a pannier rack to the seat-stays.

2. Pix of the finished repair coming soon.

7 comments:

b1umb0y said...

Pick-up and Max's?

bb

Ikon O. Klasst said...

Yeah, man, you know it! Been too long! Only it'll have to wait till after I get back from Napa.

What are you doing Labor Day weekend? I actually have the following Tuesday off, as well. Sounds like a good party weekend!

b1umb0y said...

Awwww yeah.

No plans for Labor Day... what do you have in mind?

Ikon O. Klasst said...

bb, I'm open, baby. If the frame's ready by then, we'll arrange something in Be More. It'll involve--get this--bikes and beer!

DT said...

Now if you can stay off those sound barriers....

Ikon O. Klasst said...

DT, hey, that was a one-time deal, man. I've since moved on to raised trail-edges, ha.

Anna said...

Wow, eponymous, I had to look that up. Nice word ...I hope to use it some time this week.