Dan got his frame built up this week and wrote a really nice post over on his blog. Here is a link and I have also copied and pasted it below for your convenience. Unfortunately Dan just found out about a knee injury that he has had for a long time, so it is going to get ridden hard before surgery, and be ready for some good recovery rides down the road - not to mention years of shredding after that!
Anyway, thanks for the kind words Dan, and here ya go:
About a year ago I ordered a bike from a kid named Adam Sklar who I used to coach when I worked for the Singletrack Mountain Bicycling Association. Adam is a great guy who has shown a real passion for framebuilding. I'm not sure if I approached him or he approached me, but before I knew it I was on the "list" for a Sklar Bike. It took a bit to get, as Adam is in school full time at Montana State, but good things come to those who wait. When I ordered mine, I believe he had made two or three frames total so he cut me a ridiculous deal as a trade for being something of a guinea pig for the first frames. Well, that was a great decision on my part. By the time he got to my frame, he'd built about ten total and his systems were dialed. He even built a matching fork to boot.
I took it on its first ride after work yesterday. Just a little climb up a mesa west of town, and then along some old dirt service roads. What can I say...the Sklar is pretty damned amazing. It's an absolute winner. My first impression was, wow this thing REALLY fits well. It's like an extension of my body. I've never felt that on a bike before. It's very quick accelerating too. I've only ridden it on the road thus far but I can tell it's going to handle like a dream. It has the perfect balance between being peppy and stable. Beyond that, it looks incredible. It's really, really eye catching. It comes in at exactly 25 pounds which is pretty damned good for a geared, steel bike. Beyond that, it's just fun. Really fun. So fun that I can't wait for my next ride. Simply put, I couldn't be happier.
It's a little bittersweet to have it ready so soon before surgery, but what are you going to do? Ride the hell out of it for the next nine days and then, come August, use it as a major tool for the road to full recovery.
Thank you Adam Sklar. That little project bike you made for me just made me fall back in love with biking. And while I'm excited to use it later this summer, what I'm really excited for is the adventures it will bring over the next decade or so.