Paint: we like single color paint jobs. We like the lug cutouts – if we’re using lugs – to be filled a contrasting color. We’re loving panels less and less as time goes by: hey, we’ll do it if you ask but we’re not wild about that look for Hampsten and Tournesol. And we don’t offer lug striping, we eschew fades and purple, and Team 7-Eleven paint is the only multi-color scheme we’re liking these days.
We don’t offer chrome or nickel plating of frames nor do we polish stainless – sorry. We don’t offer custom carved lugs: Sachs “Rene Singer” is standard for Tournesol; “Issimo” for Team Pro. Peter Weigle, Curt Goodrich, and Sacha White are good sources for frames with carved lugs if you can deal with the wait.
We’ve pretty much given up on shaped tubing (Columbus MAX being the exception) and carbon rears.
Like our decals? Great, ’cause that’s what we use and we have plenty of nice versions to chose from. We don’t make custom decals and we prefer to not use yours. We’ll put your name on the top tube if you kick and scream, maybe. Decals on head, down, and seat tube generally.
Boy, this makes me sound like a grump – sorry to be so negative but I’ve had a few cases over the years where I wish I had laid all this out before we started talking. Some builders ask you what you want and try to build it for you. Others say: “This is what we do. We build great bikes and if you can work within our parameters then we have a deal.”
We’re the second type of builder. We have a vision and we want customers who understand that vision. There is nothing wrong with wanting something else, whether that be shiny lugs, purple-to-gold fade, or carbon chainstays; we’re just not going to be the builder you want in that case.
Hey, thanks for reading!