NAHBS 2012 – Paul Brodie’s Whippet, Victoria, Ventus, Dominguez & Pitz
Paul Brodie’s Whippet caught plenty of eyeballs. It’s a replica 1888 Whippet bicycle, designed with seven pivot points to help insulate the rider from road shock before the invention of pneumatic tires. Lots of photos and the story, plus bikes from Victoria, Ventus, Dominguez and Pitz, further down…
The name Victoria Cycles’ may conjure up historic posters of pinup girls on bikes, but the modern incarnation is named after builder Dave Hill’s wife. His bikes are brazed and lugged steel and often feature curved and/or twin tubes. A couple that caught my eye were the classic tandem above and mountain bike below.
Ventus Cycles’ builder Mark Kargol builds titanium bikes alongside custom paint work for frames, components and helmets.
This road bike sported a very classic look thanks to excellent component selection, but the frame is thoroughly modern and the drivetrain is brand new…it’s a current generation Campagnolo group polished to match the retro theme.
Vincent Dominguez had a few interesting bits on his lone display bike, like flattened chainstays right at the rear…
…dual seat post bolts and some long internal shift cable tunnels springing out of the downtube.
Pitz! is a small Italian builder that works solely with steel. Their road bike was fairly straightforward with a small flourish to accentuate their logo: