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Zanconato Custom Cycles:

Hello and thank you for viewing my NAHBS profile. My name is Mike Zanconato and I amĀ  the owner of Zanconato Custom Cycles.

Nearly 17 years ago, I took delivery of a bicycle that would later become my framebuilding muse. It was a Carrera Cassiopeia that was painted yellow pearl with stenciled red logos. The seat tube lug had ports in the back for fastback style seat stays and had the Carrera logo engraved on each side. The head tube lugs had short points and were minimalist. The lugs were not overly thinned; they had a crisp, defined edge, but they were not thick and chunky either. The BB shell had a cool, cast-in chainstay bridge. All of the lines were clean. Everything about it was functional. It was a race bike, meant to be pushed hard. It was made to be ridden in the rain, the snow, the grit of spring, and everything else in between. But it had a few subtle touches that showed class. It was by all accounts Italian, but a bit more subtle than its peers at the time. It was a finely crafted and presented tool.

I have been building framesets for 12 years now and that bike has been a benchmark of sorts for the function and aesthetics of my bikes. My tastes are simple. I’m not a big fan of overly ornate lug shorelines. I don’t really like the look of lugs that are thinned to the point where they nearly blend in with the tube. I like simple paint jobs; 3 colors are plenty and one of them should be an accent color at most. And the bike had better look “right”. It’s not just how the frameset looks, but how the overall bicycle looks when fit to the rider. The saddle should be clamped on the center of the rails. The stem should be the correct length and should not be angled up to the sky. There should not be a mile long stack of spacers under the stem. It should look like a racing bike.

You can learn a bit more about me, my philosophies, and my bikes on my Smoked Out thread at the Velocipedesalon forum. You can find that thread HERE.

I update my blog frequently with new builds and other projects. Please have a look HERE. More complete photo galleries can be found on my Photobucket site HERE.

Thanks again. I look forward to seeing you all in Austin!

Mike

2011 Bikes:
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