Newlands and Houser collaborate on new fork crown

Portland based designer and machinist, Spencer Houser, recently provided three dimensional CAD services to Strawberry Bicycle for the design of a new bicycle fork crown. Andy Newlands, owner/builder of Strawberry road, track and lightweight touring bicycles since 1971 had sketches of a “new old fashioned” fork crown but lacked the 3d CAD skills that Spencer has honed over the past several years. Houser and Newlands got together over beers and hashed out a double plate fork crown for oval fork blades and are now working on another fork crown utilizing 25.4mm. round fork blades for lightweight touring bicycles. Once the designs are finalized and rapid prototype solid models are printed the CAD files will go to the casting company where the fork crowns will be investment cast. Newlands commented, “It was a pleasure working with Spencer. He is a master machinist and a pro designer in three dimensional surface modeling.” In addition to design services, Houser is co-owner of Speedy Moto Company located in Portland which designs and manufactures aftermarket Ducati motorcycle parts.

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