While most of the US frame builders are hunkered down, preparing for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in February, I’ve been encouraged by the exciting things that have been happening Down Under. Tarn, the powerhouse behind Primate Frames, has been maintaining a superhuman output. While browsing his gallery of previous builds I was again impressed by the frame he created for the ultimate female-specific bike blog, Candy Cranks.
Candy Cranks is an international group of female cyclists who report on their local scene. Through Tarn’s affiliation with Meg, founder of Candy Cranks, he produces a frame that’s available for purchase through the blog store. It’s a lithe, lugged number constructed from Dedacciai tubing, with Cinelli lugs and custom tips. A Deda fork is also offered, with various options such as threaded or threadless steerers, straight blades and a choice of tips and crowns. If you like the look of that chainring, it’s also available through the online store, along with an array of other designs. Peter, from Sydney’s Star Enamel, custom painted the Aerospoke and Velocity B-43 rims, the Chub hub and the Easton bars.
PS: We’ve cut the price of the 2011 Cycle EXIF Bicycle Calendar to a bargain $9.95. Grab your copy now with no fear of missing out on a full year—we’ve included a bike for January 2012 as a bonus.