I never considered taking any bike but my faithful Bohemian to the Pyrenees. Dave builds beautiful and beautifully functional bikes, and mine had been my trusted companion for over 55,000 miles, including the Cochise Classic 250, the Death ride, several bike tours of Colorado and El Tours, and about a hundred trips up (and down) Mt. Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona.
The bike is comfortable on long rides, steady as a rock on descents, and no other bike would do for a once-in-a-lifetime trip like the Pyrenean Raid, over 400 miles of epic climbs in 4 days.
My bike continues to ride beautifully. In spite of the expense, I have never regretted getting it. I get compliments from time to time by traditionalists who show admiration for what a beautiful bike it is. (For the most part the carbon frame, hard core guys don't - if it doesn't weigh 16lbs and is made in a mold, forget it!)
I recently produced a simple website with a new application for those who aren't good at html etc. Some pages on the site tell the story of my bike. There is a page devoted to Bohemian Bicycles (and a link to your website) and a page of photos (your photos) detailing some of the framebuilding process. While this is a public website (I currently do not have it password protected) it is on Apple's servers and has not been submitted to any search engines. It is primarily just for friends and acquaintances I direct it too.
I am just very proud of the bike (and by association your artistry in creating it) so I wanted a venue to tell people about it.
WOW! That frame is a masterpiece. Clearly work like this is possible by probably fewer than five active framebuilders in the world. Some have commented that "American framebuilders are best". I'm somewhat uncomfortable with that because there are expert craftsmen and genius designers (as David Bohm obviously is) in every part of the world. Craftsmen are craftsmen; not citizens of a particular country. The primary reason framebuilders in the US can creates works of art likethis is because there is a (small) market for it here. That fits perfectly with the fact that a masterwork of this magnitude may only appear one time in a framebuilders career. As I mentioned, so few are even capable of this; topping this, HA! Not likely! I suspect I'm 75% capable of such work myself. I'd have to add some more tricks before I could produce a piece in this league.
Regarding my statement about stainless steel tubing and bits being a bad idea; allow me to clarify. As I just said, the number of builders who could really make use of the complete stainless steel frame concept are extremely few. No tubing manufacturer will continue to make such material if it doesn't find widespread production use. My definition of a good idea for frame tubing and lugs are Reynolds 531 and soft IC lugs. Those materials are usable by both production and small custom builders with great success. It is easy to work with, versatile, and relatively inexpensive. Obviously, what David Bohm has done with stainless steel is far past a "good idea"; shall I say it is "Brilliant!"
I can barely comprehend the amount of time and effort that went into this piece; I would imagine that some of you might be overwhelmed by it. I would be surprised if Dave will make frames this complex more than a few times in his lifetime. No matter what it costs, it is not easy money and much of his payment will be in self satisfaction and the praise from the rest of us.
There is only one test left for this work of art. That will be the test of time. Since the bicycle is not strictly a metal sculpture but a piece of equipment that performs a function; it must perform that function at the same level as it's artistic design for the lifetime of the original owner without fail to be equal to the design and workmanship of this frame. BTW, this is the same standard I would apply to any handmade custom or made to measure frame. I don't know anything about the tubing, but I would assume the butts are at least normal length to accommodate the length of the lug pattern. Dave really does his homework so I assume the bike will ride and last the duration.
I've seen some amazing work from some really artistic "younger" framebuilders like Richard Moon and David Bohm. These works come in small numbers and take monumental efforts to produce. The best conditions for building frames like this is to have a "regular" job and build frames as a labor of love. These frames clearly are that. I bow at their feet for the design work they are creating. I might dabble in stainless one time; but it won't be anything like what these guys are coming up with! I'm DEFFINITELY impressed, Dave.
Brian (not a big fan of stainless, but a fan of Dave Bohm) Baylis