Road to NAHBS 2014: Stijl Cycles’ New Loco Machine Brings Something Completely Different
Last year, Stijl Cycles‘ founder Hinmaton Hisler rolled out an amazingly complex, double-tubed Ironman theme bicycle. This year, he’s doing something completely different, focusing his booth on his frame building tools and frame components under the Loco Machine brand. We thought it was a nice diversion from our usual Road to NAHBS subject matter. Of course, that doesn’t mean he isn’t building bikes anymore, evidenced by this beauty shown above.
BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?
HINMATON: Steel, Titanium, Cast Iron
BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?
HINMATON: I have expanded the Loco-Machine brand of product and will be exhibiting as Loco this year.
BIKERUMOR: Any killer custom bike builds in that time?
HINMATON: I finished Lear’s All-Mountain-Fast soon after NAHBS.
BIKERUMOR: Say a customer gives you free reign, where do you draw your inspiration for the best projects?
HINMATON: I draw much of much inspiration as a byproduct of the discourse with my clients, the rest is within the build process itself.
BIKERUMOR: What are you building this year that’ll draw a crowd?
HINMATON: I believe the FATMO Alignment Table will draw a crowd, but of a different sort.
BIKERUMOR: Scenario: NAHBS introduces a new category called Mashups, pairing two completely different builders to make one bike. Who’s the yin to your yang, and what kind of bike do you think you’d build?
HINMATON: I would have to say that it would be Don Ferris of Anvil Bikes, we are both machinists, frame builders, automotive gear heads, and tool freaks. But we approach things very differently. It’s hard to say if it would be a bike at all…