NAHBS 2012 – Yipsan’s Cafe Racer, Rando Bike and Floral Mixte
Yipsan’s booth had just three bikes, but they covered the gamut of casual, more-about-the-journey-than-the-destination style of bicycles.
The Cafe Racer above is designed for short rides, but dang if it wouldn’t make me want to do a lot of short rides. The cockpit is way stretched, and the original banana seat is non-adjustable, the bottom bracket is insanely low and it’s rolling on 29er wheels. The frame is built to work with gears or without, all with internal routing through the split top tube seatstays.
The rear brake hose runs through the non-drive small tube. The right tube has cable stops for a rear derailleur if you want to run gears.
And if you don’t, Yipsan has this custom spacer with his logo on one side and “Y” on the other.
Custom bottle cage with their logo is available separately, no bike necessary. The leather used to recover the original saddle was also used for the sewn on grips. Rims are Velocity wood-look with Fat Frank tires. This bike would cost about $4,200.
Renold Yip’s Rando 650B was built with S&S couplers, disc brakes, a generator front hub and custom racks with front and rear lights. Price would be about $7,000.
The Bauhinia is named after the city flower of Hong Kong. It’s the sequel to 2010’s Sunflower mixte.
Internal geared bike with hidden cables and integrated lights, disc brakes and custom racks.
Integrated lock and steering lock.
The bike has a built in lock so it’s always with you. When it’s locked, even the seat tube is secure.
Front rack has same flower motif as the original. About $5,500.