Finish, Refinishing and Repair

Finish, Refinishing and Repair

by Christo
Renovo bike frames are coated in 4 to 6 layers of clear coat finish. This is the same top coat product that goes on your car at the factory. We use Sherwin William Products called "Finish One". It keeps the wood and the environment completely separat…
Gertie and the Giant Octopus

Gertie and the Giant Octopus

by Christo
I live about one mile from the famous suspension bridge that links Tacoma to Gig Harbor. There is of course a story behind it that makes it famous. Back in 1940, the first span was completed, ending the ferry ride to get to Gig Harbor, or a two hour…
Geometry of the Renovo Road and Gravel Frames

Geometry of the Renovo Road and Gravel Frames

by Christo
The geometry of the Pursuit (Road) is a bit of a work in progress. It has a long history, but I'm making some updates because tire size is a bit bigger now for road bikes too (28 to 32mm, versus 25 minus of a decade ago). I'm often comparing to thing…
Wood Selection Considerations

Wood Selection Considerations

by Christo
Our light wood bikes usually have a dark wood middle layer. It doesn't show though in a profile picture so the impression from the picture is of just the light woods. I need to prepare some video that shows more of the contrast. It is hard to get aro…
Test Ride in Pallos Verdes

Test Ride in Pallos Verdes

by Christo
One of the owner benefits is to test ride every bike I build. On this ride, I took a 58cm Whiskey Jack made from Black Walnut and Ambrosia Maple on the Pallos Verdes, California ocean loop. 25 miles and 2,000 vertical feet. I was glad to have the 44…