The Lehigh Bicycle

So what’s the story with the Lehigh bicycle?  The idea was to sell a special bicycle with the Lehigh brand and donate back to the University. Earlier this year Tom and I met with the Alumni Relations and pitched the idea. They were very excited and the idea was born. I just had to build the bike.

I wanted to make this a special frame set that showcased my talents and would appeal to the Lehigh cyclist. Since I was trained in Metallurgy at Lehigh and my teachers were from Bethlehem Steel I felt the tubing must be American, so I built it with True Temper OX Platinum tubing. (I most often build with Columbus.) To showcase my talents I used a set of delicate lugs that can be used on different sized bicycles. Each customer who wants a Lehigh bike will get it custom sized with custom tube selection. Next I needed to kick it up a notch so I made the internal brake housing, used stainless dropouts with polished faces and stainless bits all around – polished stainless bottle bosses, down tube cable bosses, and custom seat stay caps.  This is alot of extra work but I new the golden brown paint scheme would really pop with the stainless.

Finally, the paint has to be great.  As usual, working with my painter, Todd Eroh, we created the design. Our goal was to make it fancy enough to be special but understated enough to be classic. It included some lug masking, some lug lining and braze-on accents to match. Your signature and graduation year on the top tube and decals on the seat stays finished the job. The result? A bike beautiful enough for the showcase that begs to be ridden.

We are offering this bike with a Shimano Ultegra kit . Frameset price is $3300 and the bike as shown is $5500. Proceeds from each sale benefit Lehigh University.  The Lehigh bicycle is currently on display inside Whitaker Laboratory (5 E. Packer Ave). This bike will also be on display at the North American Handmade Bike Show March 14-16 in Charlotte, NC.