Step One: A Conversation
Ordering your new Paramour begins with a conversation about your riding experience, the style of bike you’re looking for, and what finishing touches you’d like to see. This will help us determine the design and material specifications needed to provide you with an estimated cost of your bike. We’ll also discuss the probable timeline for the build, and if you decide a Paramour is for you, I’ll need a deposit of $500 to secure your position in the queue.
Step Two: Custom Measurements
I can work from a set of measurements supplied by a professional bike fitter, a few simple body measurements you can do in your home, or a set of measurements from an existing frame. All work well when it comes to frame sizing.
It’s my personal fit philosophy that the most critical measurement to get right is the top tube length. To a certain extent, a seat tube that’s on the short or long side can be worked around. However, if the top tube length is incorrect, some drastic measures have to be taken to accommodate the rider. Riding a stem that’s too long or too short, sliding a saddle to the extreme ends of its rails, or installing a seat post with an extreme set back does crazy things to the position of the rider, and that usually creates more problems than it solves.
Step Three: Material Selection
I spec the finest tube sets and lugs and use the best jigs that money can buy. Your frame will be built with True Temper, Dedacciai or Columbus tube sets brazed with 56% silver alloy to Henry James, Pacenti, Sachs, and Long Shen lugsets. If you have something else in mind, I’m open to hearing your thoughts.
If you are thinking about coming back to a steel frame and have doubts, I can tell you that the steel I build with is not the same stuff that bikes were built with in the 70s, 80s or 90s. It’s possible to braze a frame with a 7/4/7 top tube, meaning that the wall thickness of the steel tube in the center is a mere .45mm thick—thinner than most pencil lines. And because your bike will be custom, it’s possible to fine tune the ride to the kind of cyclist you are.
Step Four: Special Requests
I’m not a builder who insists on brazing fender mounts and rack eyelets on every frame or requiring that you have enough clearance to run 32mm tires for extreme weather conditions. If you have specific requests, this is the time to talk about these things.
Step Five: Paint Specification and Design Approval
I will ask you to sign off on a drawing of your frame with the chosen paint scheme applied before I light my torch. If your design includes any special features that exceed the Standard Pricing allowance for your frame, these costs will be provided for approval.