Legacy Frameworks

Available Bikes Events - March 18, 2015

Framebuilder Open-house & Spring Cleaning Sale

Join Us this Sunday (3/22), at our shop 1048 W 37th Street from 10am – 7pm for an open-house and sale.


We are cleaning things out for the spring and have some great deals on hand built bike frame sets and Full Bike Builds.

A: Two – Model 1 Frames & Forks, Sizes Medium (21 c-t, 23.5″ eff, seat tube,  24″ eff top tube, sloped) – Bare, No Powdercoating. Ready for IGH and canti brakes: $400 $300



A: Model 1 Frame & Fork, Size Medium (also size small built up below) – Black, Reflective Powdercoating, Light Test-riding Use includes headset. $500 $400  

C: Two – Model 1 Frames & Forks, Size Medium and Small (18.5″ c-t, 20.5″ eff, seat tube,  22.5″ eff top tube, sloped)- Mint Turquoise (ral 6033) Powdercoating. $500 $400


D: Model 1, Complete Bike – Size Small (or same frame in medium above) – Reflective Black Powdercoat. Single Speed. Velo Orange Chainguard and Hammered Fenders: $800 $700 This was a test bike, so the components are lightly used with some cosmetic blemishes in the coating, fenders and chain guard.


E: Hub Generator: $40 – Black Sanyo generator hub

Events The Community The Frame Design - August 29, 2014

A Match Made in Chicago


Over the past year we have seen our city embrace a new urban transportation system, Divvy bikeshare. It has become one of the most popular ways to get around the city on two wheels, members racking up over 5 million miles. The bikes in the Divvy system are ready to handle whatever this city can throw at them (almost). It has an easy riding geometry, simple internal gearing and brakes, built-in lighting, a basic rack, full fenders, and the chain doesn’t threaten to dirty your clean pants. The system has thousands of bikes docked throughout the city, designed to hop from station to station and then be on your way.

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The Community The Frame Design - May 12, 2014

New Legacy Model to Support Illinois Trails

I have decided to build a bicycle to honor and support Illinois Trail Corps, and its effort to empower Illinois communities to be trail builders again. My great grandfather was part of the Civilian Conservation Corp that partly inspired this effort, so this initiative is close to me.

The bicycle I’m developing is a fast cross-country machine sometimes called a Randonneur, the type of bike good for a quick 150-mile overnight tour, good for carrying a sandwich, sleeping bag and clean bike shorts or just a credit card…or maybe not stopping at all.

I’m calling it the Scout, being a fast moving and steadfast machine – and invoking the spirit of citizenship.


The first production bike will be a special edition, dedicated to Phillip T. Hodge. Honoring the crazed genius of the Illinois Prairie Path’s Volunteer Bridge in Wheaton, who taught volunteers to weld trusses and pour concrete from a crane. It’s his spirit that fuels Illinois Trail Corps, and and I want this bike to embody that.

It will be Trails for Illinois green—Pantone 577, thanks for asking—and while its heritage reaches back to the fast French light touring bikes of the 1950s, its components will be modern with brake lever shifting, disc brakes, and a 10-speed compact drive train. The front rack, appropriate for a sleeping bag and/or six pack, is included.
While I will use this effort to create a new line of fast touring bikes, there will only ever be one Phillip T. Hodge edition, and it will only be available as a premium for donating to Illinois Trail Corps, so stay tuned.

Please join me in launching this effort by contributing to Illinois…

Thank You,
Levi Borreson


I’ve compiled some basic specifications: You can see and participate in a running commentary on my favorite Bicycle forum, The Chainlink  


Double Butted Chromolly TrueTemper (made in USA) Main tubes – Road Oversized

1 1/8 Steerer on a brased lugged fork

TIG welded frame – with the geometry to allow the possibility of lugs


Two sizes to begin with – 53 and 56 cm (c-c)

0 degree top tube, around 73 degree head tube, around 100cm wheelbase

Shooting for square geometry – so 53 seat tube and 53 top tube (c-c)

Low trail – its main take-away from the Historic French Bikes


650b Wheels w/ 43 – 45mm tires – Best fit for these two frame sizes – it limits options, but they are getting much better.

Disc Brakes – Advantages in keeping away from sloppy trail conditions, higher performance on quicker rides and with a little added weight. They are also a little more convenient when (traditionally) you are loading most of your stuff right at your fork crown – it can get tight with rack, bag, fenders and light.

Lighting: Dynamo Hubs would come standard on these bikes. Bright Busch&Muller LED headlight and tail light with a rider supplied battery back-up. The Front light will be attached to the front rack and the rear to the fender.

Drivetrain: We wanted to have options – so this will be a deraileured drivetrain. 2 x 10 at the most and 1 x 8 or 9 at the least. Options for STI, bar end or down tube shifters. And definite possibilities for a internal 8 or 11 with belt drive.

classes Events The Community - December 19, 2013

Hub Generator Wheel Building & Lighting Class


At Legacy Frameworks, we include hub generators and lighting on many of our bikes and want to share this great technology through a wheel building class. Hub generators are a fantastic way to build in extra safety and convenience into your bike riding experience – with front and rear lights fixed to your bike that are powdered by rolling down the road, and never need batteries.

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Events Uncategorized - August 13, 2013

Oak Park Arts & Craft Show Aug 17 & 18


Legacy Frameworks will have a booth at 39th Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show this coming weekend, Aug 17 & 18 in Scoville Park. We have lived in Oak Park for several years and thought we would share some of our favorite places and events going on. If you’re coming from far away, Oak Park is a nice place to make a day trip.


Oak Park Ave-Lake Arts & Crafts Show - Aug. 17, 11am–7 pm and Aug. 18, 9am–5 pm. Free admission.
A juried event presented by American Society of Artists. Artists and craftsartists will display their paintings, artwear, graphics, woodworking, glass works, photography, jewelry and more.

Micro Brew Review - Saturday August 17, 2013, from 3pm–7pm.  
Sample tastings from more than 90 craft beers from 30 Midwestern microbreweries, purchase food from local restaurateurs and groove to the sounds of local bands at this zero-waste event.

Wright Ride - Sunday Aug. 18th, 6am to 4pm. 
Enjoy all the charm, beauty, and architectural character of the near western suburbs.  Routes of 10, 30, and 50 miles.  Course hours 6am to 4pm

Oak Park Farmers Market - Saturday Aug. 17, 460 Lake St., 7 am–1 pm
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market offers high quality, locally grown produce in the friendly, historic Village of Oak Park.


Frank Loydd Wright Home & Studio – Unity Temple – Various homes – Public Tour available Daily

Pleasant Home - also known as the John Farson House, is a landmark Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park, Illinois, one the nation’s most architecturally significant villages.

Oak Park Conservatory - The Edwardian-style glass structure, built in 1929, houses a botanical collection of more than 3,000 plants, some of which date back to the Conservatory’s founding.


Oak Park Arts District: Harrison Street  With a variety of galleries, specialty boutiques and unique restaurants, in addition to businesses that focus on the healing arts, this district is a rich, artistic and cultural shopping destination in Oak Park.

Downtown Oak Park & Marion Street District  Downtown Oak Park is a unique shopping and dining district housed in an eclectic architectural setting. Some of our favorites include

Gem  specializes in unique, handmade jewelry from designers both local and international. They also create our own beautiful jewels in our on-premise studio

Muse Muse seeks to bring fresh and innovative style to this historic brick street.


Taste of Brazil - Tasty traditional Brazilian food and deserts

Hole in the Wall Custard Shop – Need we say more.

Arapos - Venezuelan comfort food

Kyber Pass - Indian Buffet

Marion Street Cheese Market - Fine wine and cheeses as well as a sophisticated restaurant and outdoor seating area.


CTA – Take the Green line out to either the Harlem (downtown oak park) or Oak Park (Oak Park ave shopping district) Stops. Or Take the Blue Line to the Oak Park stop and either ride or walk the 2 miles north to downtown, but be sure to visit Taste of Brazil, Hole in the Wall Custard or the Conservatory before you head north.

Biking – We suggest, from the city, taking either a northern or southern route through the west side of the city. In the north we suggest Diversey west to Oak Park Avenue south. From the south we suggest 35th east to California north to 31st west and take East Avenue north.

Driving – Downtown oak Park is on situated on Lake street between Harlem and Oak Park Ave. The closest expressway it 290, the Eisenhower. There are a few parking garages and may metered lots, but parking information is scarce.