Inside Cycles Narval : Chapter 01
Camille and I have been looking at vintage track frames for a while now. We wanted her to have a real track bike, something of quality with maybe even a bit of cycling history. We’re thinking vintage or custom, not going for something off the shelves for this one. Also, even if Camille can appreciate a well made aluminum of carbon frameset, she is most interested in steel and intricate, delicate looking pieces of craftsmanship. We had a couple of frames in sight, mostly over internet auctions, when I talked to the guys from Cycles Narval.
Cycles Narval is a small business from Montreal. They are making fillet brazed track frames, for the moment. Still new to the scene, our frame would be the 7th one, and having seen the others both in real life and in photos here, we were stoked. That’s when we decided to do this project : an inside following of the process of building a custom bicycle. We then went to their small workplace and met the men behind the project, Jean-Sébastien and Xavier.
The first step in frame building is communication and measurement. You have to determine what you want and in what size. Those are the main advantages of having a custom bike made for you, you get to choose exactly how you want your bike to be, with the help and guidance of the frame builder, and you get to have it in a way that suits your body harmoniously.
For the complete photo report, check out the Flickr photo album.