Mark is doing a really amazing job reworking a Raleigh International into a low-trail 650B randonneuring bike. Among the work he's done is re-raked the fork, rebuilt the seat stay bridge, new cantilever brake posts, various braze-ons, cable guides, building some clever custom racks, etc... It's impressive to see his work and we've been going back and forth about his handlebar bag that will join this great bike. Theres plenty to work out: size, color of fabric, trim and details, attachments, and so on. Whats fun is how much he has taken the task in hand modeling the bag in cardboard and altering it until it is just right. His work helps insure that the final product will be just right, without any unanticipated issues.
We've also done a lot to sus out a color scheme, with me sending him swatches and him trying them out against the bike. We've landed on a cream color called "wheat" with darkend brown leather and a small touch of red to compliment the fine red details on the frame. I'm excited to see it all assembled as one.
Additionally, Mark makes some pretty sharp decaleurs (see top photo) that improve upon the weaknesses of the common Velo Orange offering, which has a weld that takes a lot of abuse. Mark's decaleur solves that issue with a robust sleeve. I'm thinking one of his decaleurs might be the right fix for Nancy's decaleur which gave out last summer.
(Top and bottom photos courtesy Mark Guglielmana/Flickr)
Cyclist and craftsman.