Alan Sikirič recently attended Koichi Yamaguchi’s Framebuilding School, granting him the credentials and skills necessary to further develop his concepts. He has documented each project through his blog, Cycling Weapons of Mass Destruction, the eccentric and prodigious designs of which show he was obviously paying attention in class.
Alan’s class project was revealed to the world yesterday, and while it demonstrates Koichi’s influence, there are some touches that are unmistakably CWMD, such as a pink front rack with a pentagram for a base, and his proprietary bidon cage that caters for either a 1/2 gallon bottle of milk or a 40oz bottle of beer. This Townie features it’s previous incarnation, and another of his rack creations. This time it’s based on the ‘speed arrows’ from Nintendo’s 1987 R.C. Pro-Am game. The donor frame is a De Bernardi frame that’s been paired with a pair of Yamaguchi forks that were in the previous ownership of 1992 World Champion Mike McCarthy.
The eclectic mix of components continue: HED wheels, Stronglight cranks, Shimano DX pedals and Dura-Ace derailleur, Campagnolo brakes (actuated by a vintage Dia-Compe lever), shifter and seat post, and finally, a Cinelli stem and Nitto bars. And before anyone questions the integrity of Alan’s appreciation for the compatibility of groupsets, have a look at his Bilenky-built Hetchins tribute, or either of his Nagasawa builds.
PS: Last year’s Cycle EXIF Calendar featured one of Alan’s bikes, and the 2012 edition is also filled with 12 of the best from this year, plus one for January 2013. You can preview and purchase the Cycle EXIF Custom Bicycle Calendar here, so you can enjoy the world’s most beautiful bicycles even when you’re away from your computer.