late 2007, I contracted with Mike Terraferma (www.terrafermacycles.com)
to build a comfortable "go fast" bike in the classic style. One
that would be custom to my body - long torso - and have a few extras,
without breaking the bank. He delivered everything I asked and more!
I do no racing and mostly avoid pace lines these days - with a touring
bike, a cyclocross, single speed in my stable of road bikes, I kind
of missed the feeling of "floating" up a steep hill. This bike does
"floats" across the pavement almost like it was inches above the
this is something of a mongrel build, I tried to stay with older
- mostly NOS and close-out - Campy components. I wanted to ride
28mm tires, to add comfort for longer rides with their lower pressures.
tubing is True Temper OX brazed to Henry James lugs for an understated
look. The top of the fork crown and front dropouts are polished
stainless, while the rear triangle is chromed. (Wet) paint is a
metallic graphite with a two-stage translucent ruby wine accents.
(Red over metallic gold) The seat tube and down tube panels are
stenciled instead of using decals, so the logo lettering and stripes
match the main frame color, which adds a "luxury" aesthetic. Mike
added his distinctive head badge, makes for a luxurious but classic
are studio shots taken before Mike shipped the frame:
show the bike and color better than I could ever do.
Wheelset - Mavic Open Pro laced to White Industries polished silver
Headset - Chris King 1" threaded Gripnut
Crankset - Campy NOS Record 10 sp.
Bottom Bracket - Phil Wood Campy square taper
Seatpost - refurbished (polished) Campy C Record
Stem - NOS Nitto Crystal Fellow (quill style)
Handlebars - Nitto Randonneur
Brakes & Shifters - Campy 10 sp. QS Ergopower
Brakes - Campy Chorus
Cassette & Chain - Campy Chorus 10 sp.
Front & Rear Derailleurs - Campy Chorus 10 sp.
Pedals - Ritchey WCS V4 Ti
anyone wants a custom frame that "sings" while you ride down the
road, contact Mike! I could not be happier with mine!