I began building frames out of my mother's basement about fifteen years ago. I did it because nothing out in a stock frame would fit me very well and I didn't have enough money for a Boston or Redcay. My problem is that despite being over six feet tall, I have very short thigh bones. I also like to sit in front of the pedal spindle and spin. Most frames built in my size have very slack seat tube angle which positions me waaaay behind the pedals. I used to modify seat posts and turn them around to get the seat where I liked it. I soon realized that the only way I would get a frame that fit me and my wallet is by building it myself. My first two frames were built with cheap columbus and both are still being ridden today. My brother has one and my wife the other.
Why Equus? I have always liked horses although I do not ride them. I thought it neat that horses had been bred for a lot of the same uses that bikes had been built. Thus the Thoroughbred is the race frame, the Percheron is the touring frame, and the Mule is the off road frame. I also use the Apaloosa and Arabian names as well. I was never interested in using my own name as I had not been given one that lent itself to sticking on a downtube. So while there will be Sachs, Hetchins, and Ritchey; there won't be Sapovits.
|This is Leah. The first frame built exclusively for me. Constructed of True Temper's heaviest off road tubes (at the time), she has four water bottle bosses, lowrider braze-ons, 19 inch chainstays, a bottom bracket so low you can scrape your heel on the ground by tilting it down, and she weighs over eight pounds with fork. She has gone up and down the east coast loaded with over eighty pounds of gear on numerous occasions and I still ride her to this day.|
This is a another early effort. Built for my friend, Marty Nace, it was a 531SL tubeset with hand embellished lugs. As with most of my earlier frames, it was a bit rough around the edges. The seat bridge is a hand made 'x' that I made out of scrap stainless that I used to get at a local scrap yard. The bike was then finished off with the silver to white fade and equipped with the then new, Campagnolo Croce d'Aune. As with all Campy of this era, it looked great, but it worked terrible.