The offices of BikeRumor are one place where the search term “sexy lugged bicycles” showing up in your browser history would not seem odd.
This is the work of another NAHBS! bound frame builder — Naked Bicycles of Quadra Island, BC. Naked was founded ten years ago by Sam Whittingham and he has been “building custom frames one by one with love, logic and elbow grease” ever since. Whittingham is very focused on bike fit, something that he feels sets Naked apart. Something sets Naked apart — at the 2008 NAHBS Naked was awarded the People’s Choice, President’s Choice, and Best of Show titles. In 2009 Naked received the People’s Choice Award once again.
This bike was made with lug-love for a dude named Dave. More photos of the process after the break.
Not so much like “miniature medieval knight hats” as the lugs on Ira Ryan Cycles’ Mr. T bike; more retro space age.
Naked Bicycles’ deal is that they don’t paint frames, ever. OK, that’s made up.
The company is called Naked, because, like a crack cocaine factory, everyone who works there is required to do so unclothed. Ya, also made up.
Some things are so beautiful that cameras cannot possibly focus on them. I feel this stem’s pain.
Naked isn’t just about the lugs. Check out Naked’s 16 lb, un-lugged, S & S bike on the NAHBS site.
The masking in and of itself is impressive.
“I have a definite style which I cannot help but bring to each and every bicycle, but I am greatly influenced by the needs and desires of each customer.”
– Sam Whittingham, Naked Bicycles
“I love it when a bike comes together.”
– Hannibal from The A-Team (paraphrased)
I just feel an overwhelming urge to make Adam West Batman fight scene noises — KA-POW!
Want “more” info? Check out Naked’s website.