We meet in person, via phone or e-mail, and discuss what you have in mind. After that initial discussion, I'll provide an estimate for the total cost of the frameset. Then, you provide a 50% deposit on the frameset, this deposit is nonrefundable, and I'll put your name on the build schedule. The current wait is approximately nine months. If I'm going to do a complete bicycle for you, we'll order the parts kit before I start building the frame and fork. The parts kits must be paid for before I place the order for your parts.
We then focus on the details of your future frameset. We'll discuss bike fit, any physical issues/injuries that must be considered, how you feel about your current bike(s), how and when you ride, how you'd like your new bike to handle, the intended use of the bike, and the parts you'd like to use. I can have custom wheels hand built for your new frame by John Ackley, at BFWG in San Anselmo, CA.
I use Reynolds, Columbus, True Temper, and Dedacciai tubing. I use lugs from Henry James, Richard Sachs, Kirk Pacenti, Nova and the like. Dropouts are from Columbus, Henry James and Paragon Machine Works. Each joint is silver brazed, except for the dropouts where I typically use brass rod. Head tube, bottom bracket and seat tube are reamed, faced, and threads are chased. Each frame and fork is then checked for alignment. The joints are then finish filed and sanded. Serial number is stamped and then it's off to the painter.
Rick Stefani of D&D Cycles in San Lorenzo, CA paints the frames. Each frameset is bead blasted, coated with a primer, sanded, base color is applied, sanded again, decals applied, cutouts are painted, then the first of many clear coats is applied with wet sanding between the applications of the clear. The result is a smooth, glossy finish and a depth of color that is stunning.
Paint colors for your frameset are something that we take very seriously. My wife, Meredith, provides color-consulting services for each build. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and runs her own Interior Design studio. Her keen eye for color has been instrumental in the color choices for most of the frames you see throughout the site. If you're not sure what you like, we can propose options for you.
Please don't ask me to do color fades or flame paint jobs on your frameset. If you were drawn to Rebolledo Cycles after you saw some pictures of my work or a frame in person, then the aesthetic spoke to you in some way. The colors and paint schemes for the frames are deliberate and a very important part of the company's identity. I want all of the frames that leave my shop to have both a physical and visual connection to one another since they are all members of the same family. I hope that you agree.
When I get the frame back from Rick, I'll chase all of the threads and apply a generous coating of Frame Saver to the inside of each tube. Then I'll assemble the bicycle and turn it over to you for it's maiden voyage.