Jay’s Klunkpacker

Jay is the proprietor of YouBet bikes in Nevada City, CA. Kurt of YouBet also got a bike but of the Ti gravel type, and I just wrote a build report of his wife Carrie's 650 steel gravel bike! Full house of Meriwether's there! Jay's bike started with some very rough hand drawn sketches on... Continue Reading →

Carrie’s 650 gravel bike

Building smaller frames is a challenge and one of the best reasons for people go custom. Seems like most my customers are at the ends of the bell curve on height. For the smaller frames especially standover matters and steepening seat tube angle actually does something more than check that box on the latest trend.... Continue Reading →

Powers new gravel ride

This bike is adding to AP's quiver of Meriwether's and likely replacing the lugged fork crown cross bike I made several years ago before disc brakes had caught now she has flat-mounts and can stop! The frame is made a mix of tubing sources but the front triangle is Reynolds 853, the downtube is... Continue Reading →

Laura’s Ti fatbike

Laura's has a couple of steel Meriwether's - one blue fatbike made several years ago with a custom rigid fork, and a 27.5+ MTB in a sparkly pink & leopard outfit. This new fatbike replaces the blue one and as you can see she upped her game asking for a reproduction of the OG Rhygin... Continue Reading →

June’s steel cross-gravelbike

Before the recent Gravelbike explosion, cyclocross bikes were used to ride almost anywhere - long road rides, bikepaths, singletrack, dirt roads, and all on 700x34's which by today's standards is very small. They're not that much different in geometry except for a little lower BB height, a little longer and slacker front end, maybe a... Continue Reading →

Scott’s Ti 29er

Scott's Ti 29er is just a regular ole MTB. It's not downcountry, doesn't claim to have forward geometry, it isn't super slack or super short, it doesn't fit any new geometry trend. It's just a well-tested geometry for XC and all-around trail riding. The frame will fit a 2.6" tire with the Rocker dropouts forward... Continue Reading →

Doug’s fade to black

Doug was one of the first to buy a Meriwether Metallica shirt and thanks to Covid-cash a year or so later put down a deposit on a Ti gravel frame. He had a pretty solid idea of what he wanted for geometry and fit, wanting to improve upon his current bike and get it made... Continue Reading →

Jason’s Ti gravel bike

Jason bought my personal MTB a couple of years ago and loves it. We are almost the same dimensions so it fit him really well. It also convinced him to get in the queue for another bike. For the new bike he was looking for an adventure bike for rides from home that have a... Continue Reading →

Paul’s 29+

Paul's sea foam green 29 plus bike is his 2nd Meriwether, the first being a fatbike some years ago. He lives in a relatively far away land, in the great white north, a place that I visited for the 24 hours of light bike event 20 years ago before building bikes. It's a place i'd... Continue Reading →

Kurt’s Ti gravel bike

I've never been good at coming up with names for bike models, probably why i just stick to custom frames. Hopefully the photos are enough to tell you what this bike was built to do. Kurt works at YouBet! Bikes in Nevada City and bought this as a birthday present for himself. His last custom... Continue Reading →

Breaking the leg, Part 2

My Instagram post and Part 1 of my story about skiing and breaking my leg had more interest and comments than I'd expected. I feel like I got glimpse into what people would've said at my Memorial. Thanks everyone that reached out and basically said "i'm glad you're still alive!" One of the worries I... Continue Reading →

Breaking the leg, Part 1

(This is a two part blog that I'm writing about my Friday the 17th misadventure. I'm in bed at home with a broken leg and bars sticking out of my femur and tibia bolted together with carbon fiber i have a lot of time on my hands. It's in no way related to framebuilding... Continue Reading →

Russell’s steel 29er

Russell already has two Meriwether's but sold his first 29er to get an update with even shorter chainstays, steeper seat angle, slacker head tube angle and longer reach. The main design criteria was to get the chainstays as short as possible for a 2.5" tire. Since the recent (relative) abundance of steel aftermarket yokes I... Continue Reading →

Tweaking things around a bit

There's a lot of things you can do to stock bikes to customize the fit and ride. Bike fitters may cringe at this post but I want to provide a list of things you can do to try BEFORE buying a new bike, especially a new custom bike. Bikes from almost any manufacturer are pretty... Continue Reading →

Ryan’s Ti 29er singlespeed

I don't build many complete bikes, especially as complete as this one. Ryan had a vision of what he wanted to get built for his 40th birthday and what you see below is the result. It took longer than expected to get the parts (new normal) so it didn't arrive on time to celebrate with... Continue Reading →


That's short for "Old Guy's All-Terrain-Bicycle"...or Old n Grumpy ATB, or Original Gangsta ATB. Being almost 50 now and riding bikes for most of those years I've seen mountain bikes go from my first mountain bike - a 1984 Schwinn High Sierra with bull-moose bars, to what i thought was the peak of engineering with... Continue Reading →

The Portage Handle

In 2015 I befriended Nicholas Carman who had a blog Gypsy by Trade. I loved reading about his bikepacking travels and offered to make him a frame. I could tell he had an interest in custom framebuilding and would be a great ambassador for Meriwether at a time when i was starting out. I offered... Continue Reading →

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