So we’ve had a rough winter up here in Nh. Long. Cold. Lot’s of snow followed by freezing rain, sleet, more rain, more snow… then warm weather and then freezing temperatures again, then more snow… It’s been quite the drill. But, typical New England weather: Don’t like the weather? Wait 5 minutes. That’s New England for you. Anyhow, all that snow and freezing temps and the ending of Cross Season set Richard Sachs adrift of picking up his steed I finished earlier this fall. Not a problem, I was happy to ship or hand deliver but it seemed he really wanted to pick up the bike in person and did not mind the wait. So the Lovely D.E.B. was carefully stored all winter awaiting it’s owner’s to pick her up. Well that day came this Monday April 7, 2014. Deb and buddy were in tow. But both Richard and Deb poured over the bike, pointed out the details and were thrilled with the results. That makes me happy. Actually nothing makes me happier than delivering a bicycle in person and watching the clients expression. Kid in a candy store? Christmas morning? You know those days. Same thing and it gets to occur right here at 44HQ when a bike is delivered. The Huntsman, or rather “Huntswoman” as Richard pointed out in this case, is that perfect combination of everything you need in a good, solid modern road bicycle. Build it up, run 28’s or 32’s, we can build it with racks front or rear or both, fenders are good too. 1×10, 2×10, 1×11, 2×11. Retroshift? Internal cable routing? External Cable Routing? Big and stiff? Light and right? Tapered, disc, tire clearance? No problem. Powder or custom paint work by Jay Nutini and Circle A! The list of options is chart topping. But I digress. It’s not every day you have clients at the shop and it’s not every day Richard Sachs stops by to say hello and pick up a bicycle.. Had to get one of the whole family naturally. But as the commission was written, Richard and Deb just wanted a “Modern, Steel, Tig Welded road bicycle.” A “Do Everything Bicycle”. The Lovely D.E.B. I think we hit the nail on the head with this one and the results are “just so”. I’d like to thank Richard Sachs for this honor and opportunity to build his wife, Deb, a custom bicycle. They were both wonderful to work with and I’m happy to have had the opportunity. I can’t wait to hear of their adventures together in the coming weeks, months and seasons. For those interested, here’s the entire build set from start to finish. Enjoy.