Semi-Custom Bicycle Questionnaire
A Semi-Custom Bicycle is a way to get you on a rad bike without breaking the bank. One draw back is that we are constrained somewhat by the physical realities of the the existing bike's geometry and size, but a lot of vintage bikes are pretty close to being perfect for a lot of people. Old steal can reach a fatigue point too. There's no guarantee that after you drop a lot of time, money and effort into a vintage bike it won't just break on you anyways... food for thought.
We can do this with a vintage bike you already have and love, or help you find a classic or new frame that will meet your specifications. Sometimes this can be as easy as getting a complete bike, and just changing out some parts to make it fit and look rad. Sometimes it means stripping it down and getting painted your dream color and building it back up with all or most of the stock parts. Sometimes this can be as complicated as taking a vintage touring bike made for 27in wheels and changing all the braze ons, and every part for it to become a modern 650B rando machine!
Either way, we don't mind. We love bike, be it building them, restoring them, modifying them or just making them fit you and your sense of style a little better by swapping out a few parts.
It's never cheap! Just cheaper than a full custom. We've done some simple jobs for a few hundred bucks, but once frame mods and a new paint job get involved the price usually jumps to several thousand bucks pretty quickly!
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. The purpose of doing this is to get you thinking about what you want in a semi-custom bike, what you want it to do and where you want it to take you. This way we can work with you to put together a close to perfect bike for your needs. As you’re going through this sometimes the answers will come fast and easy to you, and other times you might not have an answer at all. Only fill out as much as you can and we’ll help you work through the rest.