The snow is finally on the ground!

The snow is finally on the ground!

  After a month or so of it slowly getting colder, it looks as if winter is finally here to stay in Guelph. The first snowy pictures of the year are always a treat as I have to remember how to operate our camera with my mitts on. After waiting for a few final pieces...
Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

It’s not every day you receive an email inquiring if you would like a 3 Foot by 5 foot by 7 inch thick granite surface plate, however that’s just what happened to us the other day. Our friend Andrew is getting into framebuilding and found out that the...
Early November at the shop.

Early November at the shop.

We’re chugging along steadily here at True North, turning out several bikes a week. I just finished assembling Eva’s Hunter Green S and S coupler equipped flat-bar road bike. This bike features long reach road brakes, handbuilt wheels with Ultegra hubs and...
October Update

October Update

Anne’s mixte is finished and it looks amazing. The bi-laminate lugs turned out really nice and subtle details like the chain guard, polished Paul racer brakes, Nitto front rack and matching Brooks saddle and bar tape really bring this bike together.  ...
Hot off the press!

Hot off the press!

I just finished welding up the head gusset on Rob’s 29er.    While it cools down I thought I could throw up some of the lastest builds.    Last week I started work on Anne’s Mixte.    I have done of few of these in the past but never with lugs.    Lugs are...
Summer Update

Summer Update

There are lots of interesting bikes on the go at the shop    I just delivered a number of Columbus Spirit tubed road bikes.       This tubing makes a really sweet riding bike.    It is stiff enough to be race worthy and also compliant enough for day long rides.    Looks...
New Digs!

New Digs!

I must apologize for the lack of updates.       The last 3 or so months have been a whirlwind of activity.       The new shop is now set-up and functional.    I have also managed to keep up with the build schedule despite the movement of equipment from one    shop to the...
Molten Lava!

Molten Lava!

Here is a shot of Matt’s new SS 29er.    Black lava powder with a semi gloss clear fade. Jeff Moote had his road frame revamped with a new top tube and some black lava powder. Trevor had his True North Foco road bike repainted and reparted.    Colours are to match...
Stick out of the Spokes

Stick out of the Spokes

There has been lots of activity here in the past couple of weeks.    The safety crackdown has lead to a series of changes which in the end will be good.    The other main beef with the shop layout here was a nonconforming mezzanine over most of the shop.    The mezzanine...
Powder Coating Blues!

Powder Coating Blues!

The spring rush has hit hard and early here.    There are a record number of bikes on order right now and building was running smoothly.    Of course that had to come to a grinding halt with a visit from the local safety authorities.    The powder coating oven that I...