Let’s start with a discussion about your goals, current riding style and what improvements you hope to gain in fit and/or performance with your new bike. Ideally this process will inspire introspection. What type of riding do you aspire to? Are you looking to go fast, or to enjoy the countryside at a more leisurely pace? What type of luggage will you carry most of the time? What type of luggage might you carry on occasion? Think about your “ideal ride” and what it entails. What road conditions do you commonly encounter or expect to encounter? We’ll begin the design process with decisions of the best tire size, tubing dimensions, rack configurations and how these thing help you achieve your cycling goals.
My objective is to conceive of your bike as a complete project. Components will be taken into consideration and decided upon before I pick up a torch. When you take possession of a Cycles J Bryant, our desire is that you’ll be able to pretty much saddle up and go.
Pricing depends greatly upon component decisions. We’re happy to entertain preferences, but note, custom considerations demand custom pricing.
• Lugged, powder coated Randonneuse–frame, fork, and a chrome plated front rack with all necessary braze-ons* included begins at $3000.
• Fillet-brazed frame, with fork and chrome plated rack as above begin at $2850
• Lugged touring frame, fork and chrome plated front and rear racks begin at $3450
*Please note. Many builders show a base price of just a frame. Adding additional braze-ons, Racks, Fork, etc… raises their prices considerably. A J Bryant bicycle is priced with all of these taken into consideration.
• Carved lugs start at $300
• Additional plated racks start at $275
• Decaleur $175
• Wet paint starts at $375
I can offer all currently available parts at competitive pricing, with build groups starting around $1600*. I’m also happy to use your own vintage components. I can source vintage and NOS parts for you as well, but please note that this takes time and will factor into the final cost.
*I strongly believe in incorporating lighting into your bike, as this helps make the machine a viable vehicle.
A note about finish
Powder coating is a very environmentally friendly finish. Most customers would be happy with the powder coat finish that I get from Class Act in Portland. Class Act does a fantastic job with applying a thin coat of powder before baking and their work is top notch keeping most of the details of the lugs intact. However, those wanting a more show-stopping finish would do well to consider wet paint.
A Bit About Me
One of my earliest cycling memories was of learning to ride without training wheels, my dad helping me keep balance down the driveway. As soon as he let go I fell over, scraped my knee and vowed never to go near the bike again. I had written it off. Over the course of a year, I kept looking at the chopper-style spider-man banana seated bicycle in the carport. It was quietly calling to me. I got lazy one afternoon and I didn’t want to walk down the street so I hopped on thinking “why not.” I’ve pretty much been riding daily ever since.
Those first days of riding consisted of leaving my doorstep and pedaling along rural roadways towards the woods looking for trails to ride and new places to explore. I discovered dirt roads, deer paths, power-line trails and ruts carved by moto-cross and ATV’s. This combination of riding from my doorstep and finding roads of various terrains to explore has shaped the riding I’ve come to love. Getting out and exploring new or favored places, taking on the path equipped for the pavement, the gravel, and the curves along the way has fueled my passion for cycling since those early days. I like going fast and I enjoy just ambling along.
It is said “write what you know” and I think that translates well into building. These experiences shaped my philosophies on what a cycle should be built to do. The right bike helps me explore various terrains despite weather or time of day, and keeps me comfortable en route, no matter the distance of my destination. I use my bicycle as my main form of transportation thus I require lighting, in case I wander too far to return before dusk. I also like to carry a bit of gear or even camping kit on occasion to keep life a bit more interesting.
This is what inspires me to get on the saddle daily. Get in touch and let’s talk about your cycling dreams.