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    melbourne and australian frame builders

    I'm seeking recommendations for local frame builders who work in steel.
    Cecil seem to make good frames but they're not that exciting (pretty).
    My last roadie was a hillbrick and I was pretty happy with that although I don't have any real experience on road bikes other than that.
    Llewellyns are awesome but he's talking about 5 - 7 months
    Baums are pretty nice but I think I'd rather spend the money on a llewellyn.
    Dad had a hillbrick many years ago. Something cracked and despite him having bought it second hand, they fixed whatever it was iirc.

    Other than that I don't really know what's around.

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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

    I dont think there are a whole lot more options to consider these days,
    If You could get Darryl Perkins to build you a frame than do it!
    Otherwise might look at Hillman, not sure who is actually building their frames though, someone will know otherwise Kookie,
    That pretty well covers Vic I think, having said that I also think there might be someone in Flemington or Kensington who build more touring orientated bikes but could be wrong.
    God luck!
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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

    Quote Originally Posted by chromeo

    Llewellyns are awesome but he's talking about 5 - 7 months
    I prefer Frezoni (Joe Cosgrove), who paints Darryl's frames but is the better framebuilder IMHO.
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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

    What about Matt from Kookie Bikes, he seems like a good bloke and he even belongs to this forum. www.kookiebikes.com. If I remember correctly, a while ago it said he visited japan to have lessons with one of their top framebuilders, but take that with a grain of salt cause I'm probably confused somewhere. :roll:

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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

    I like my Paconi which I got used. Although this is an older frame and I've heard rumours that the attention to detail isn't as good these days. As for decals, mine was repainted by the previous owner (also by Paconi). For the logo, they masked the "paconi" and painted a white panel over. So there's no actual decal. Very Classy.

    Photo from Omar.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chupa-c...7601829503971/

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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

    Quote Originally Posted by whatthekoon
    What's with the 'ugly-ass' saddle, Des?

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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatthekoon
    What's with the 'ugly-ass' saddle, Des?
    cheap and comfy. no one can see my saddle when i'm riding so it doesn't need to be pretty.

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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

    Quote Originally Posted by hicksy
    What about Matt from Kookie Bikes, he seems like a good bloke and he even belongs to this forum. www.kookiebikes.com. If I remember correctly, a while ago it said he visited japan to have lessons with one of their top framebuilders, but take that with a grain of salt cause I'm probably confused somewhere. :roll:
    nah, thats the story and the "top framebuilder" was Nagasawa. I think he did (does?) spend a lot of time with him.
    that white Kookie with the Max stays was/is on of the nices and best conceived things I've seen. Is that guy Beretto still making frames? He had some connection to Llewellyn?
    If I had time and money to burn, I'd def go a perkins too.
    If my rims had dimples, I could ride with the lead pack

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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

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    Is that guy Beretto still making frames? He had some connection to Llewellyn?
    Brett Richardson has nothing to do with Darryl. Brett mostly teaches bike mechanics nowadays but still builds penny farthings occasionally.
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    Re: melbourne and australian frame builders

    Have a surf through here. http://users.cobweb.com.au/~gloria/ausframe.html
    I've spoken to Geoff Duke a few times. I think he teaches at Melb Uni and builds in his spare time.
    How the fuck did that get in my tyre?!

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