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The frame that flew to Singapore

About a month ago, we got an email from Lisa who was visiting the Philippines from Singapore. She was looking for a track frame and other fixed gear parts she could buy while she was in town. We sent her some photos of what we had and after emailing each other a couple of times, we met up at the shop. She was telling us that though there are many fixie shops in Singapore, she would rather build her bike with parts from different countries or places she happens to be visiting during her work trips. Makes for a great bike, with an interesting story and history. We couldn’t agree more.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a bike frame her size. I told her that if I came across a bike frame her size before she left for Singapore (which was in 2 days) I’d let her know. But I think we both knew that chances were slim.

BUT 2 days later, framebuilder Ave Maldea randomly tells us he’s got a lugged chromoly frame we might be interested in, and it’s exactly the size Lisa is looking for! What are the odds? And we find out the same day Lisa is flying back to Singapore! We quickly email her a photo, and once she decides to get it, we wrap it up so that she could pick it up at the shop – on the way to the airport! She didn’t even get to see it in person before bringing it home!

Here’s the frame made by Maldea. It’s chromoly steel, lugged, made for 700C wheels and standard sized fork. Story is, Maldea made this frame when he was still working over at Rey’s workshop (Rey was once a framebuilder for the now defunct Kairuz MBM/Patria bicycles) The frame found it’s way back to Maldea and it was resized and frame ends converted for fixed gear/singlespeed use.

And if I’m not mistaken, her wheelset was done at Tryon, one of our favorite bike shops.

Now Lisa’s bike is complete and it looks like a great setup. We love that she kept the frame in it’s raw state, this way you can see the craftsmanship and care taken in making it, and nice touch with the gold head parts and chain to match the brazing!

Thank you Lisa for sending us photos of the completed bike!