The next step in creating your custom bike, after you talk through your wants and needs with your builder, and are sure of your proper fit dimensions, is to agree with the builder what is to be done. This is typically done with a drawing, especially if you are of a more technically inclined person who wants the nitty gritty. A line drawing picture of your new bike is also kinda fun, bringing on the dreamy thoughts of where it will take you.
A drawing is also helpful for the builder, as they will typically consider it a contract. Since many custom bikes take time to make, there is a constant threat of a customer changing their mind on something, or wanting the bike to now be compatible with whatever new hub standard comes out next week. Part of working with a small custom builder is also being a good customer. Most of these guys are one-man-shows, and it takes a lot of time to talk through the process, and a lot more time to make changes. Every time you make a change, they have to put down the torch to answer the phone, boot up the computer to change the drawing, and possibly scrap materials and buy new ones. Some builders are even taking new approaches because of this amount of time, such as Steve Garro of Coconino Cycles, who only accepts orders from January 1st-15th of every year, for that entire following year.
So Collin and I have agreed to a drawing of the Benefat. More than just an assemblage of numbers, a good custom builder has a reason behind each choice they made, and those good reasons should align with what you want out of the bike. Jump past the break to see what the man behind Matter Cycles thinks in each area of geometry…
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