No. 22 Bicycle Company announces new framebuilding operation in upstate New York

On the heels of the bad news that Saratoga Frameworks has been shut down by Divine Cycling Group comes the great news that the team will be joining No. 22 Bicycle Company. Not only that, but the team is setting up shop locally.

I’m interested to know if this means they’re buying the ex-Serotta facilities from DCG, or select machines, or if they’re setting up shop completely separately.

No. 22 Bicycle Company, a boutique brand of titanium frames and complete bikes, announced today that it is launching a new framebuilding operation in upstate New York.

The operation will be composed of a team of industry veterans, drawing from the production staff of the recently closed Saratoga Frameworks with a combined 53 years of titanium building experience. The team will be led by Scott Hock and includes Frank Cenchitz as head welder, Caleb Sesselman as welder, and Bill McDonald bringing his considerable experience to finishing and paint.

Read the full press release via No. 22 Bicycles.

Tour of the Battenkill

Take a few minutes to watch this video for a super hard but fun race that happens right over in Washington County. Stockwell Media did a great job with the video.

2013 Albany Cranksgiving

The 2013 Albany Cranksgiving alley cat will be held on November 23rd at 7pm at the Henry Johnson Monument in Washington Park. Bring a bike, backpack, lock and about $25 for shopping.

An alley cat is a typical bike messenger race, but Cranksgiving is a bit different. You are given four or five manifests and on those will be a few simple turkey dinner items. You ride to the market and pick up those items. Come back, show your receipt and then get the next one. The finish is always at the local watering hole and the food from the race is donated to Albany Homeless Action Committee.

If this is your kind of thing, come out and have some fun on your bike, all for a good cause.

NYCROSS.com Uncle Sam GP Cyclocross Race: Photos

This weekend, Prospect Park in Troy played host to another year of NYCROSS.com’s hometown race, the Uncle Sam GP. The weather was absolutely beautiful and although I didn’t race I had a blast spectating. There were a lot of tense moments in the last few laps of every race and it was awesome to watch. Especially since it was 75 and sunny in the middle of October.

I’ve seen many of these bikes getting built up on instagram and elsewhere online so it’s especially cool to see them show up in real life when you know they were just finished a few days ago a few hundred miles away. I’m sure almost all small communities are the same way, but when it happens it’s always neat to see.

There’s a handful of local races left. Head to NYCROSS.com to see the schedule and come spectate or race. Hit the jump or click the photo above to see the gallery. Continue reading…