First a huge thank you to Richard Sachs for giving me the nod to build his wife, The Lovely Deb, a custom bicycle built for all seasons and conditions. It was truly an honor and a joy to work with him on this project. I’ve been meaning to get a new backdrop to take more “studio” shots of the complete bikes, and this was all the excuse I needed for the much needed replacement to my tired (and torn) backdrop. Here’s what we came up with:

The Lovely Deb's 44 "Huntswoman"

The Lovely Deb's 44 "Huntswoman"

The Lovely Deb's 44 "Huntswoman"

The Lovely Deb's 44 "Huntswoman"

The Lovely Deb's 44 "Huntswoman"

The tale starts with an email, followed by a phone call to hash out the details. The commission originally called for a flat bar-ish commuter setup. This had me first thinking either a 650b or 29-ish rigid specific, almost mountain looking bicycle (but more of a traditional diamond, low slung new england build) built with racks. But once the cat was out of the bag, and Deb was officially involved in the conversation, gears were switched as she expressed her want and need for a “road” bicycle. This really got my attention as the conversation developed, it became apparent to me she was looking for that multi-purpose type bike. Something for all seasons. Something that performs in all conditions. Build it up, skinny it down. Plenty of tire clearance. Maybe race it CX style? Hit up the pavement-spot a gravel road and shred that way. Rack on. Rack off. But balanced to the eye in all iterations. That’s what I call my Huntsman (or “Huntswoman” in this case). There you have it in a nutshell.

And a fun process book to view via ISSUU showcasing the build from start to finish.

So this ones finally done. Officially. Richard will be stopping by in the morning on Monday. Can’t wait!