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Interview and Shop Tour: Eric Baar from The Ground Up Speed Shop


I became familiar with Eric Baar through his Instagram account (where he highlights welds and brushwork each day) as well as through the high praise of other builders and members of the community. When I found myself buying tickets to Colorado Springs for a conference, Eric’s Ground Up Speed Shop was on the top of my places to visit after hours. I had no idea what to expect because, well, Eric does not make a habit of promoting himself. I strongly suspected that it would be really, really cool. His operation did not disappoint.

The Speed Shop sits on the back of the property just west of the Springs. Rather than a pump track, the shop overlooks The Dizzy Drome, a micro dirt velodome with rails constructed from old airplane wings. Central to the course is a light column for those midnight hour record attempts. Parked right on the edge is his Dwarf car, an outrageous toy with big, metal-flake numbers that he races during the summer- a habit he took up when he felt himself becoming disillusioned with bikes and bike community.

That easy shift in emphasis is central to Eric’s general program. He’s been building bicycles for over a decade and a half and wants to stay glittery and doe-eyed about the genre so he’s constantly being drawn to new mediums from which to approach or interpret his work. It is this enthusiasm that makes the bikes of his house brand, Ground Up, absolutely out-of-this-world in terms of construction, detailing, and concept. The welds are flawless. The raw titanium finishes are hand striped. The metal-flake paint jobs are brilliantly mixed and painstakingly sanded. And Eric uses his new found mastery as a pinstriper to hand letter or detail the final product (when the guy isn’t screwing around with gold leaf).

While this enthusiasm for everything cool and shiny makes for top notch bicycles, it also happens to make interviewing the guy impossible. There is nothing linear about Eric Baar’s train of thought. And that’s fine. Who wants to talk about old news when there is so much cool, shiny stuff everywhere to talk about… READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2012 – Reynold Yip of Yipsan Cycles

Reynold Yip Yipsan Cycles NAHBS 2012 custom bicycle teaser preview

Reynold Yip’s won the People’s Choice award at NAHBS 2010 and his 2011 collection saw a very nice Rambler and Big Mountain bike grace the show floor. For 2012, he’s bringing a show version of the 650b randonneur bike, like what you see here, and some retro-inspired cruisers. Until then, here’s a peek at what Yipsan Cycles been working on recently…

BIKERUMOR: What have you been working in since NAHBS last year?
REYNOLD: Lots of all road bikes and some city bikes.

BIKERUMOR: Any killer custom bike builds?
REYNOLD: I am quite happy how this bike came together, a 650b randonneur with integrated fender and lighting ready for any long rides on almost any terrain. A very wide gear range to allow my customer the possible need for steep climbs after a long day.


Race To NAHBS! ADHD Interview: 11 NAHBS-Related Questions For YiPsan Bicycles

HT Lug brazing POV – YiPsan from YiPsan on Vimeo.

Today, in our ongoing interview series: Race To NAHBS! we have Colorado-based frame builder Renold Yip of YiPsan Bicycles. YipSan was the winner of Best City Bicycle Award and the People’s Choice Award at NAHBS 2010. Considering how unique and beautiful YiPsan’s bikes are, it is no wonder why.

11 NAHBS-Related Questions:

BR: Are your plans for NAHBS a secret, or can you tell us a little bit about what you’re showing?

RY: No secret, I will be showing a city bike (a companion to last year’s Sunflower bike) with a front rack that transform; a randonneur bike with a front bag and rack combo that will stay together without the use of a decaleur; and possibly a mountain bike with bilam construction, a fat front and rohloff drivetrain.

BR:  What about the booth, anything extra-special-crazy in the booth department?
RY: Nothing special, adding some lighting this year to better show off the hard work of my painter.

BR: What do you see as the hot trend at NAHBS this year?
RY: Trend is to show what you do and are passionate about, not what others are doing.

BR: What is the lamest frame building trend ever? READ MORE ->

Factory Tour: Bilenky Cycle Works – Custom Bicycles, Repairs and Fabrications

Rather than just show up and drink their beer and race their junkyard cyclocross course, we arrived at Bilenky’s shop a bit early to take a tour and snap some pics of their handiwork.

Bilenky Cycleworks does more than just make pretty bikes, they’ve got quite the bustling business repairing and modifying existing bikes from any brand (as long as it’s titanium or steel), adding things like S&S Couplers to convert your ride into a travel bike or replacing an entire tube (or three) if you wreck hard.

Come on in and check out their place…


North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2011 – Updates

We’re not going to lie…we really can’t wait for the 2011 NAHBS. Not only is it in Austin, but it’s a great way to kick of the year’s shows by getting a look at the craftsmen and women that pour their heart and soul into building bicycles. If you weren’t a regular reader back in February, just search “NAHBS 2010” (in quotes) in the search box on the upper right of our site and look with amazement upon the two-wheeled beauty that we captured in pixels.

If you’re headed that way next February, or you’re considering it, jump past the break for the latest news for exhibitors, a new category for bicycle designers and earlybird deals for those that just want to stroll the aisles slackjawed…


NAHBS – Custom Cycling Badges and Emblems from Poka


NAHBS 2010 – Ever wonder where boutique bike brands get their lovely emblems and head badges?  Poka Cycle Accessories could be the source.

They have a range of artsy designs available for purchase, or you can get full custom headbadges, even if you only need one.  Good art’s not cheap, though, and one-off badges from your own artwork range from $160 to $180 depending on if you want stainless steel, gold plated brass or chrome plated brass.

Check out some more of their handiwork after the break…


NAHBS – Brilliant Chrome and Lugs on Peter Mooney Cycles


NAHBS 2010Peter Mooney Cycles bills itself as having “tradition, performance and impeccable style” and this bike shows it.  Sadly, in my rush through the show, I didn’t get much info or even a complete bike pic.  But, the devil’s in the details, and there are a lot of great details on this bike.

Check it all out…


NAHBS – Mosaic’s Ti Cyclocross Racer and More


NAHBS 2010 – Drawing on seven years of experience building titanium bikes for Dean, Aaron Barcheck took what he learned and started Mosaic, where he builds custom Ti and TIG welded steel bicycles.

Shown above is their 3/2.5av titanium Zealot cyclocross bike, a fairly standard looking ti frame…until you get to the rear end.  The seatstays are very swoopy, coming in extremely close together just under the tire.  Combined with ti’s natural ride characteristics and a thin 27.2mm seatpost, the stays should make the ‘cross race ever so slightly more bearable. Or let you push a little harder, you sick bas…

Check out more pics of this bike, pricing and their 29er and road frames after the break…


NAHBS – Maietta’s GPS-equipped Road Frame Keeps Tabs on Your Bike


NAHBS 2010Maietta Custom Bike’s namesake Anthony Maietta concocted what he believes to be the world’s first internally equipped GPS enabled road bike, allowing you to not only track your rides, but to see where your bike is at all times.  Think of it as a technologically advanced global positioning baby monitor for your custom steel baby.

Painted a stealth matte black, the Jet Set conceals a GPS unit within the frame.  It’s placed in a special fitting inside the downtube and is accessed via the S&S coupler just above the bottom bracket.

Check out more pics and info behind the jump…