Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Custom Cross #16: Ken's Ti Indy Fab

The second Indepedent Fabrications bike to hit the +1lap customs gallery is Ken's titanium lightweight rig.

Sweet blog/site, nicely done. Here is one for the gallery, 2005 Custom Ti
Independent Fabrication Single Speed 'Cross bike, 16.45lbs.

IF Frame w/ custom Lime green/ white flames w/ Ti pannels
Reynolds Ouzo Pro Cross Fork
Phil Woods Hubs on Reynolds Stratus carbon tubulars
Dugast Rhino 34 tires
White Industries Cranks 44t/ White freewheel 18t
Crank Brothers 4Ti Eggbeaters
Reynolds Ouzo Pro carbon bar
Campy Record levers w/ Paul Canti Brakes
Fizik Airone saddle
Thomson X2 stem & Masterpiece seatpost
Chris King headset
Phil Wood Ti BB
SRP Crankbolts

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Custom Cross Bike #15: Thom's DeSalvo

The first titanium cyclocross bike to hit the +1lap Custom cyclocross gallery is Thom's DeSalvo.

Build List:
DeSalvo Frame
Reynolds CX fork
FSA Cranks
Mavic CXP 30 wheels
FSA Seatpost
time pedals
Paul Neo retro brakes

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Monday, October 16, 2006


Custom Cross #14: Mike's Vanilla

Finally some Vanilla made here in PDX for the +1lap Gallery.

-Vanilla custom steel frame and fork (Dedaccai zero uno tubing with True
Temper fork blades)
-Wheels are Open Pro/King with Michelin Muds
-Ultegra rear, D/A front
-Ultegra BB and 12-27 cassette
-Ritchey WCS cranks
-Ultegra shifters
-Thomson Elite post
-Terry saddle
-Ritchey Pro stem
-Salsa Bell Lap bars

Love your website. I'll get you some photos in the next week. Happy

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Friday, October 13, 2006


Custom Cross #13: Jacob's Indy Fab

This is Jacob's 2006 red and black Independent Fabrications cyclocross bike. The red and black colors look really cool and the bike looks set up really nicely as well.

2006 Independent Fabrication Steel Planet Cross
Alpha Q CX Fork
Cane Creek S2 Headset
Shimano Ultegra Crankset
Shimano Ultegra Bottom Bracket
Shimano Ultegra Rear Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra Front Derailleur
Shimano Ultegra Cassette 12-27
Shimano Ultegra Chain
Shimano Ultegra STI Shifters
Paul Neo-Retro Brakes
DT Swiss 240s Hubs
Velocity Escape Rims
Tufo Elite Cross Tires
Full Speed Ahead OS-140 Stem
Full Speed Ahead Wing Pro Bar
Thomson Elite Seatpost
Bontrager Race Lite Saddle

Thanks Jacob, if any reader's have a custom made cyclocross bicycle, email it to me at, because everyone likes bike pRon.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Custom Cross #12: Paul's Vicious Cycle

Paul is the guy with the reader question about single rings and dropped chains, which I posted last week. He also sent me a pic of his Vicious Cycles cyclocross bike.
Build list:
Vicious Cycles Slider w/ rasta flame paint
Indy Fab fork
King headset rasta also
Salsa cockpit, and seatpost
Xtr rear del.
Xt brakes
Mavic ksyrium equip. wheelset
Shimano cranks
Shimano 105 sti shifters; nine speeds in the back

"i'm not sure of the weight, i've never really checked
or cared, but here you go anyway.

thanks again, Paul"

Thank you Paul, looks like a sweet ride, let us know how you stop your chain from dropping.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006


Custom Cross #11: Tony's Pereira

Local framebuilder Tony Pereira sent a photo of his custom Pereira cyclocross bike. Tony not only builds 'em, but catch him racing this singlespeed rig in the local Portland races too.

Build list:

Frame: Pereira cycles
Fork: Pereira cycles
stem: Pereira cycles
bars: Salsa Bell laps
Brake levers: Record Carbon
post: Thomson with setback
saddle: flite
Cranks: Campagnolo

Pereira cycles can be found at

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Thursday, October 05, 2006


Dual Gallery Bike #10 and #24: Josh's RockLobster

Josh previously had a Rocklobster that was in both galleries as well, #1 in the Handmade Gallery and #4 in the Lightweight Cross Gallery. A new season and a new bike! This one is equally as sweet in Sea Foam green.

Frame: Alu RockLobster
Fork: Easton
Bars: Easton
Stem: Easton
Drivetrain: Shimano Dura Ace
Pedals: Eggbeaters
Saddle: Arione
Brakes: Paul's Neo Retro front and Touring rear (in gold)
Wheels: Ksyrium tubulars
Tires: Dugasts

Read about Josh's march across the USA as he travels from cyclocross race to race on his blog at Quick n Dirty

If your ride is handmade or under 18 pounds email me photos and the build list to

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Custom Cross Bike #9: Daniel's Kelly

Finally a Kelly for the gallery, surprised this didn't happen sooner. Chris Kelly is a great guy and this bike looks to be great as well. I love bikes with an apparent color theme---and blue is a good color.

Daniels said: "Attached are some pics of my Kelly Knobbie X. I Actually built it up over a year ago, so it is not particularly new anymore - It's been raced one season and is about ready to start up a second.

Here are the highlights
Kelly Knobby X - built with True Temper OX platinum
Kelly Steel Cross Fork
Chris King Headset
Chris King Hubs built on DT RR.1 rims and Hutchinson Pro Tires (using the Stans no tubes system)
Paul Brakes
9spd Ultegra derailers and Shifters
Ritchey WCS stem, cranks and bars.
Easton seatpost and WTB speed v seat.

The bike rides great - I'm really disappointed that Chris Kelly decided to close up shop as his bikes ride like a dream.

If you post my bike in your gallery, I'd love to see it.

btw: I heard you are in PDX - Welcome to town."

Thanks Daniel. I'll be towing the line with this bike this Saturday as the Singlespeeds and Mens B go off within a minute of each other.

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Friday, September 08, 2006


Dual Gallery bike #8 and #17: Daniel's Ellsworth

Another cool rig to post up to the Plus One Lap Handbuilt Gallery. This one is Daniel's Ellsworth. The first Ellsworth to the gallery, this one's actually a dual gallery bike too, as it weighs in at 17.25 lbs.

He said,"Thought readers might get a kick out of this one-off Ellsworth Cross bike. Sort of a cross (heh) between an Ellsworth Roots and their Sub-22 mountain frame. Pics attached. Here are the specs (and no, it is not for sale):

Easton Elite tubing (custom drawn for Ellsworth)
50 cm seat tube, ctc
57 cm top tube, ctc
12.5" BB height (yow)
17.25 lbs. built
Dura-Ace 9 spd. right shifter (with fron/back brakes switched like a real cross bike and in keeping with my motocross background)
Dura-Ace non-STI left brake lever
Paul cross levers
9 spd. XTR rear der. (no front), 12-27 Ultegra cassette
single 42 chainring w/ Spot inner and outer guards
Carbon Lord 172.5 mm cranks and FSA bottom bracket
Woundup full-carbon fork
Ritchey WCS stem, 100 mm
Cane Creek non-integrated headset
Thomson Elite post, 27.2 mm
Selle Italia Flight Gel saddle
Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels
Tufo Elite LPS tubeless tubular clincher tires
Coolest feature of all: bottom bracket is engraved "Prototype A"

Three of these ever made. Only two out in the world--Tony Ellsworth kept one for himself. Crazy geometry, but works for me. I'm 5' 10" with a long torso. This is like a compact frame, but with a level top-tube for easy portage. Overall ride amazing. Never had a bike that so reads my mind in terms of handling. I'm not the best barrier bunny-hopper, but this bike makes it pretty straightforward. Rides exactly like a high-end hardtail mountainbike off road and sprints like a road bike on. That rear triangle is something special. Supple yet unbelievably stiff. I'm really stoked about the start of the season.

Cool site. Happy to be able to have my bike hanging out with those other sweet rigs.


Thanks Daniel! Yeah I'm getting excited about the season too, and I like your homemade barrier, looks solid.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006


Custom Cross bike #7: Jim's Strong

Another sweet orange custom cyclocross bike for the Custom Gallery. This is the first Strong frame though. Check it out.

Frame: Custom Steel, S3 front triangle with a Focco rear.

Headset: CK

Fork: Alpha Q

Stem: Bontrager

Bars: Ritchey

Seatpost: Easton EC 90

Saddle: SLR

Brakes: Pauls neo front, Touring rear

Wheels: Ksyrium SSC

Tires: Vittoria Open Pave EVO CX

Cranks: FSA SLK

Pedals: Frogs

Drivetrain: Ultegra shifters and front derailleur, DA rear derailleur, cassette and chain, 9 speed.

Jim says, "My Strong is mostly my commuter/fun bike. But she does get knobbies and gets to play. It comes in at a hair over 18 lbs"

Pretty nice bike for a commuter bike Jim. Thanks for the rig!

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Sunday, July 02, 2006


Custom Cross #6: Jeromy's Bontrager

Jeromy's got a vintage handbuilt Bontrager CX ride to be added to the handbuilt gallery. This bike looks cool, mainly because it looks like it gets ridden.

The specs are:
Frame: Bontrager
Fork: Steelman
Cranks: Shimano
Stem: Salsa
Bars: Salsa Bell Laps
Saddle: WTB
Pedals: Shimano

Jeromy said:
"I'll be stoked to see my bike there once posted. I'll be adding in the near future a threadless king headset along with a fork and stem, probably pauls brakes, we'll see. Right now, the bike is great and really doesn't need upgrading, just on the decents with the old style headset the fork chatter could be eliminated with a king threadless headset for sure. But it's pretty cool vintage 1" quill, don't you think?"

I've always had a thing for those Salsa stems. Cool looking ride.

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Monday, June 05, 2006


Dual Gallery bike #5, #15: Dan's Steelman

The first singlespeed cyclocross bike in either gallery is this Steelman which weighs in at a light 17.05 lbs putting it into both galleries, the second dual gallery bike. Its #5 in the Custom Gallery and #15 in the Lightweight one.

Build List
Frame- Steelman Eurocross custom 58x59
Fork- Sibex ti
Wheels- White Ind. H1/Eno laced to Niobium 30mm rims on DT revos
Tires- Front Michelin Mud, Rear Bontrager Jones, Tubed, but will be replacing with No Tubes
Stem- Ritchey WCS, Ti bolts, Custom carbon top cap
Bars- Deda 31.8 Newton shallow
Levers- Record
Brakes- Avid shorties, tuned
Cranks/bb- Storck Power Arms, TA 39 tooth ring., crap steel sealed bearing BB.
Pedals- Egg Beater Ti, will have shortened spindles added shortly.
Seat- SLR
Seatpost- Record.

Total weight 17.05 lbs.

The bike could be a lot lighter and when it is finally done will have probably shed 1/4 lb or so. It rides very well and will be my back-up pit bike. Thanks Jeremy for the blog, everyone please check out the website

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Monday, May 15, 2006


Custom Cross #4: Frank's RockLobster

The 4th bike to hit the customs gallery and the 2nd RockLobster is my friend, Frank's, Orange Rocklobster. For a size 60c bike in steel this is a really nice weight cross bike. Good job mate.

Here, finally are the pics (attached) and specs of my cross bike. I can't wait to see it up on your page.

Frame: Rock Lobster custom, 60cm, 853 main tubes
Fork: Easton EC90X full carbon, 260mm steerer
Headset: Chris King
Crankset: FSA Energy compact, 48-34 rings
Bottom Bracket: KCNC Ti ISIS 68x108 (thanks jeremyb)
Brakes: Paul Neo-Retro front, Touring rear, aluminum pivot bolts
Top Mount Levers: Empella
STI Levers: Shimano Ultegra
Front Derailleur: Ultegra
Rear Derailleur: Ultegra
Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace 12-23 9 speed
Chain: SRAM 970
Seatpost: Performance Forte Precision carbon (I know, sketchy)
Seatpost Clamp: DKG with Ti bolt
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR XP
Handlebars: TTT Prima 199 44cm
Stem: Syntace F99 120mm, Ti bolts
Bar Tape: Cinelli cork
Cables & Housing: Shimano
Pedals: Time ATAC XS
Front - Sun Mistral tubie on ?? hub, 14/15/14 spokes radial (will be rebuilt)
Rear - Sun M19A-II tubie on Dura Ace hub, 14/15/14 spokes radial / 3x
Tires: TUFO Prestige 30mm
Skewers: USE Spin Stix
Other: aluminum bottle cage bolts, carbon spacers, trick Ebay straddle cable hangers, StayWrap chainstay protector, Vetta V-100 wireless computer

Current weight on my el-cheapo digital scale = 19.04 pounds. It WILL get under 19 very soon, I'll send you an update.

I have a pair of Mavic GL330 rims to build onto the existing hubs, should save a little weight there although I'll go to a 3x front lacing for durability. Feedback and comments appreciated!


Again, the bike looks great Frank, and the weight is very respectable for the size and material of the frame.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Custom Cross #3: Orange Curtlo

The third custom cyclocross bike to hit the customs gallery (#2 was Josh's Light Rocklobster) is this Curtlo. A pretty cool looking bike with a purple to orange fade.

The frame and fork are True Temper OX Platinum, custom built by Doug Curtiss of Curtlo Cycles.
Headset - Cane Creek S3
Handlebar Stem - Ritchey WCS 120mm, +/- 6
Handlebar - Ritchey WCS Road Classic Bend 42 cm
Tape - Shimano Gel backed.
Computer - Cateye - Mity 8
Seat Post - Ritchey Pro
Saddle - Regal
Brakes - Shimano BR-550 Canti's
Shifters - Centaur
Crankset - Centaur Compact 50/34 172.5
Bottom Bracket - Centaur
Front Derailleur - Centaur Compact braze-on
Rear Derailleur - Centaur
Chain - Campagnolo 10
Hubs - Ultegra 10 speed compatible
Rims - Mavic MA3 laced 3 cross with black 15/15 DB spokes
Cassette - 12/25 American Classic
Tires - in the picture, Michelin Jet. Currently sporting Vredestein Campo Cross.

Bike rides like a dream, very happy with the work Doug did on this.

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Sunday, May 07, 2006


Custom Cross #2: Josh's Rock Lobster

This is a cross post (no pun intended), as Josh's bike was in the lightweight gallery for some time now. But his lightbike is also handbuilt, so kudos to him and Rock Lobster. The first double gallery member.

The first American made frame to hit Plus One Lap is none other than Josh's Rock Lobster made in Santa Cruz California. Weighing in at approximately 17.1 lbs he reports and looking pretty bad ass.

Here's the breakdown:

Frame- Easton scandium Rock Lobster, custom for me w/ 53cm c-c tt and 53cm
c-t st.
Fork- Easton EC90X
Wheels- Zipp 404 Pave
Tires- Dugast 30 cotton
QR- Dura Ace
BB- Phil Ti, Campy taper, 102mm
Cranks- Interloc Carbon 172.5, Campy brankarm bolts
Pedals- Crank Brothers Triple Ti Eggbeaters
Chainrings- Specialties TA 39-46, alloy cr bolts
Brakes- Paul Neo-Retro front, Touring rear
Brakepads- Koolstop black w/ "wedge" trimmed off
F Der.- Dura Ace 7700 brz-on w/ shimano alloy clamp
RDer.- Ultegra 7800
Shifters- 105 7800
Cassette- Dura Ace 7800 12-25
Bars- Easton EC90 Equipe Pro
Bartape- Soma
Seatpost- Easton EC-70
Saddle- Fizik Arione
Stem- Easton EA-50 w/ small alloy brake hanger
Headset- Chris King

It's sweet to have a sub 18lb gallery, there's some cool bikes up there
already! -josh (wunlap on RBR)

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