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May 10, 2005

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Damn, I looked at his web site and now I have to clean the drool out of my keyboard. If I still lived in Seattle I'd have to make a trip down to drool in person.

I have been wanting a Vanilla for some time now, and this just cemented my decision! It's time for me to start my Vanilla bicycle fund. I really have enjoyed reading the questionnaires--the builders are as varied as their bicycles and are true craftsmen. Thanks to Large Fella!

A genius. The dropouts alone make the case. The coordinated brilliance of the rest of the bike seals the verdict. If his bikes work, and if he does not burn out, his custom American lightweights should be the accepted world standard for design within five years (IMO, they already are, but such awareness takes time to trickle down). He should not go to design school, except to seek tenure and pension. Protect his talent from them. They can ruin it in a degree program. What they know, he can learn auditing and reading. What he knows, they only wish they knew. If he wants to out do Phillipe Starck, or Michael Graves, I would trust him to design a toaster or a yacht right now.

Those bikes are beautiful. And, he has my favorite answer for number 22:

22. What do you think of mass-produced bikes (without naming names)?
I think the bar has been set pretty low.

But, what's up with "My mom would ride to the farmers market and to dance class if I built a bike for her."? We simply must be missing part of the story there! ;)

He's really talented, and for such a young guy his skills are right up there with any of 'em. The dropouts are great, his single speed and fixie bikes are just the bees knees.

Since I was introduced to Vanilla's website about a year ago I have held firmly the belief that Sacha White is right up there with the Sachs, Goodrich's, Weigle's, etc. And at such a young age. I can't wait to see what comes of Vanilla in the years to come. I can't wait until I can afford to put down a deposit.

TG
MO

You know, I know jack about Vanilla, but I see Sacha's bikes around town, and they totally fill me with lust. Oh my g-d, they are so gorgeous. I gotta go check out the website now. Thank you!

Sacha built me a bike in 2004. It was my personal present to me on a "significant" birthday. If the devil is in the details, then that bike is unholy - it's a wonder. I like to sit and stare at it. He's a master.

I went to the Vanilla site and about wet myself.
I need to win the lottery.

#29 "I would like to build a wooden boat."
its the best thing I ever did. Nothing like the handmade beauty in a wooden craft. Much the same as seeing a fine bicycle for me. Wow!

I am the fortunate and proud owner of the double-paneled, green Vanilla touring bike that is featured on the Vanilla website as Touring Bike #1. Sacha is a brilliant bike builder and my bike is proof of his skills and talent.

I would suggest to any potential customer that you tell Sacha what you would like in general terms (type of bike, specs, desired components, etc.) and then give him wide latitude to be creative in designing and building your bike. He is so very easy to work with.

I can't wait to get another Vanilla.

#19. Sacha, thanks for being discrete on that one. But it's ok to take a shot at me. I probably deserve it. :)

HA HA HA...LOL Mike!

One thing Sacha has to do more often is to focus on how his lovely gems RIDE...I mean they have all the gorgeous bike drool you could wish for: i just would love to read some reviews of how his bikes RIDE...I have no doubt that would help his sales even more (not that he needs it, I'm sure).
Cheers and happy riding.
Joe

Although mr. vanilla does produce work that works and looks good, and is totally functional, I would like to say that mr. vanilla, like other "master" of the investment cast and plugandplay drop outs are but a third of the Master Craftsman that sculpted true master pieces from steel stamped lugs, and maybe sandcast bottombrackets. Remember those?
If mr. vanilla follows this path, then we will have another bright yet hollow star like mr. e-ritche...

blessings and peace,

mr.stampedlugs...

ps.
yo investment cast asses (plural) better thank your painters for the good looks!

suckers!

"Although mr. vanilla does produce work that works and looks good, and is totally functional, I would like to say that mr. vanilla, like other "master" of the investment cast and plugandplay drop outs are but a third of the Master Craftsman that sculpted true master pieces from steel stamped lugs, and maybe sandcast bottombrackets. Remember those?
If mr. vanilla follows this path, then we will have another bright yet hollow star like mr. e-ritche...

blessings and peace,

mr.stampedlugs..."


what/
! are they giving away laptops again?
it's a shame that you can infer so little
and sit behind anonymity. you haven't a
clue what you are talking about...
e-RICHIE

I haven't heard anything about who paints these bikes - does Sacha paint them?

Props to the painter, whoever that may be.

p.s. did anyone see the paint details on the seat post of touring bike #4 on the vanilla site? nice touch.

Sacha makes his own custom stainless lugs. he miters them , welds them and grinds smooth and then they get polished. He is also doing Vanilla downtube logos in stainless, which are brazed directly to the frame and then polished. The bike I saw this work done on is at his painter's shop, Acme. Sacha is always pushing himself to do something new. The website and pictures tell about half the story.

I didn't get a chance to meet Sacha himself, although I did see him at the NAHMBS in San Jose. I DID talk to Ben who works with him. Vanilla bicycles are beautiful and their work is impeccable. Sacha is one of a small handfull of builders starting to make Longtails, and after the NAHMBS, the race is tight between him and Scott Dion of Fraser Cycles. The Vanilla guys are funny, friendly and though they haven't built anything for me (yet), I imagine they are wonderful to work with.

Do you know Mark DiNucci is still around? If not, he has been down in the Sisters area, but comes to Portland often and stays with his Mom....

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