Monday, June 10, 2013

Legacy Frameworks

Legacy Model 2. Courtesy: Legacy Frameworks.
Legacy Frameworks makes handbuilt city bikes in Chicago.  A basic singlespeed model, ready to ride, starts at $1,100, and belt drive models start at $1,360 (orders can be submitted online).  As pictured above, they are available as a diamond frame and as a step-through.

These are simple yet elegant steel bikes that allow for an upright ride.  Levi Borreson, who founded Legacy in 2011, describes the thinking behind the design:

took my experiences from riding in the city and translated them into a bicycle design that puts the fun and comfort back in riding, lessens the load up flights of stairs and as all readily available parts that can be maintained or replaced by anyone. Also keeping in mind the cost, and keeping it down to a reasonable level.
The step-through model debuted at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show and can be fitted with a Gates carbon belt.  The NAHBS model also included a dynamo hub for lights, drum brakes, and powder-coat paint described as "retro-reflective."

Here are a few specs that Legacy describes as standard: 

- Cartridge bearing bottom bracket and headset
- Alloy Crank with replaceable chain-ring
- Single speed or Internal hub compatibility
- Double walled 700c rims, stainless spokes and alloy hubs
- High quality puncture resistant tires
- Stainless steel brake cables
- Cantilever Brakes for great stopping and fender room.
- Alloy stem, seatpost and handlebars.
- True Temper Double Butted Chromolly Steel Tubing
- TIG Welded construction combined with Brass and silver brazing
- Powder Coated finish for durability
- Upgradable with highly available aftermarket parts. No proprietary interfaces