Another year has passed, and here we are for the second time (first time here: http://starostneradost.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/test/) in Marten Gerritsen´s workshop for another dose of apple crumble, vegetable soup and bike talk.
Having driven up from Germany together with two friends and my son (who actually did the driving, and who is shortly to publish a video of Marten´s open day on youtube), I enjoyed the get-together greatly, talked a lot to the many participants, stroked the cat
As before, the atmosphere was friendly, and an always helpful Marten was confronted with a number of questions by his customers, or perhaps visitors. One had brought the sorry remains of a BSA parabike, which took the idea of the folding bike to new heights.
This looks quite a normal parabike b/b, painted over, true.
And a beautiful wing nut is securing the two halves of the frame. Here´s the rear dropout,
Not easy to ride with the cranks at this weird angle, and the shark fin teeth are witnesses for the hard life the bike must have had.
But of course there were much nicer bikes to be marvelled at. The BSA was a cheapo even when new (one bystander remarked that it was never meant to last, but to be shot at). This one, Marten´s show bike to be taken to trade fairs, is a completely different matter. Just look at the first rate fillets and the constructeur-like parts such as the rear dropouts.
There was one frame, bilaminated for good measure, which had just been completed and could be contemplated before painting. This was a great opportunity to see what things in frame building should be like. If it were mine, I´d probably just have it clear coated with some durable, but transparent paint.
M-Gineering are the Dutch importers for SON products, so we were able to regard some unusual demonstration objects.
By the time we had had a good look round the shop, some more specimens of Marten´s work had arrived outside.
Neither were other marques absent, just one example:
And what would Tubes and Coffee be without some choice veteran bikes, serving as eye candy as much as objects of comparison, expertly explained by Marten. Take this Graftek for example, with its carbon fibre tubes bonded into stainless lugs. Rare lightweight equipment completes the bike.
The wrapover tips – accident or joke?