By Lee Sensenbrenner
A 59 cm Merlin Extralight built with sturdy Dura-Ace and SRAM Red components (and a little nostalgia) weighs 15.25 lbs, pedals and all.
An old Sandvik titanium MTB frame is turned into a commuter with a butchered Brooks B17 saddle, an XTR/Dura Ace 2x9 drivetrain and a Nitto stem and handlebar.
Building Bikes for Riders
If you want a ride that is light but durable, made to be raced but not heartbreaking to crash, beautiful but different, we can help. The goal is to build you a bike that you will use and love.
I am a former shop mechanic whose professional experience has been honed through years of amateur racing. I tune, repair and build for all riders.
My service charges are $40 per hour. You always get me as a mechanic, and I take on jobs that some shops are unwilling to tackle. For example, I have helped clients with the following:
Sandblasted and powder-coated a frame with a reflective micro-bead paint made for highway signs.
Dissolved an aluminum seatpost in NaOH to remove it from an expensive steel frame.
Built custom bikes using a blend of parts from clients' existing bikes. I can buy unwanted parts from you, take them in trade or sell them consignment on eBay.
Repair some damage in carbon fiber frames and components, depending on layup, placement and severity.
I now also offer Molten Speed Wax chain treatments, which Velo News showed to be the fastest available drivetrain lubricant, saving more energy than ceramic bearings. Please see the Service Menu for details.
"Lee was great to talk with about bikes. He figured out exactly what I wanted and gave me some spot on advice. I love my ride and it gets massive approval." -- Matthew Jensen
"My winter bike is like nothing else. The frame, a Schwinn Homegrown, was matched to a rigid alloy fork and that was all sandblasted and powdercoated in a reflective paint used for highway signs. Lee came up with a plan to make something truly unique and the design and build for this singlespeed works perfectly." -- Ben Taylor