As we both struggled to adjust to our new reality I tried to hold on to cycling as a shared experience any way I could think of. In vintage bicycles I found the answer: I could tinker, repair, restore, collect and spend time with my sweetheart in the process.
Soon I was obsessed with the handmade steel keirin frames designed by Yoshi Konno of 3Rensho. Thinned custom lugs, ends, crowns, clusters, bottom bracket shells and a near mythological reputation as an innovator and party animal.
Through some casual research I discovered that the master keirin builders were heavily influenced by the Italian masters of the 60’s through the 70’s and my attention has shifted in that direction. My 3Rensho frames have since been sold but my interest in lugged steel remains. It’s my version of therapy.