Dreesens Bicycles

Steel bicycles by Peter Dreesens

Archive for People

Revived Orbea

Customer Alex had an unfortunate accident which resulted in a severely kinked chain stay.  What to do?  Trash it?  Recycle it?  Turn it into a decorative house ornament?

No way!  Peter Dreesens to the rescue.

Left chainstay with severe kink in the tubing.

A close up of the kink

The new chainstay, left side, with MUCH smoother brazing work.

Bike stripped, chain stay pulled, new chain stay brazed on, bike repainted and assembled.  Good as new!

If you have a damaged steel frame contact Peter Dreesens and revive it!

Lorraine’s Masters Track Nationals Weaponry

Customer Lorraine recently competed in the Masters National Track Championships in Nearby Trexlertown, PA.  Lorraine was looking for a new track bike and went to Peter for advice.  Here’s what they created:

In Pursuit configuration with 5cm of setback as per UCI rules.

Lorraines track bike in the Sprint configuration with the UCI  Zero setback
position with dropbars.

Dreesens crafted custom steel bars that are surprising light because of aluminum extensions.

The position and bars were the product of a day long session at T-town with a selection  of stems and 3 sets of aero bars.

NOTE: Lorraine went on to three Silver medals, two Bronze medals, three fourth places and a fifth place too.  That’s a lot of podium time!  All this despite a nasty crash 9 weeks earlier [face planted at sprinting speed, shattered orbit (3 bones that make up her left eye socket and 3 fractures at the back of the eye), concussion, 9 stitches in her eye lid, many layers of skin on the left side of her face and other places gone.]

Lorraine – Way to battle back and kick some butt at Masters Nationals!

Bell Red

Highlighted windows on fork crown. The cutouts on the Bottom Bracket received similar treatment.

Bell Red (named after Joe Bell , the bike painter), an amazing vibrant  color. If they could only make jerseys this bright.

Apprenticed by Dreesens: Pete Ruckelshaus Beauty

From Peter – “A bike built at the shop by Pete Ruckelshaus. It was Framebuilding 101 for an experienced craftsman with a wood shop background. He created an amazing bike that I am jealous about, I wish it were my bike.”

Interested in learning how to build a bike?  Contact Dreesens


Peter’s Pics

Intermission of the Steel Frame Repair series for an introduction.  There’s a new Page here on Dreesens Bicycles. >>>>>>>>>>

Check out “Peter’s Pics.”

Rock on sister.

Smiles all around and five foot strong.