Road to NAHBS 2016: Adam Sklar of Sklar Bikes

Finding himself preoccupied with bikes from working long days as a mountain bike coach, Adam Sklar took the leap, learned how to braze, and built his first bike on a hacked together fixture in his parents’ garage (one that he still rides). Almost five years on, Sklar Bikes has evolved to be a brand that […]

Road to NAHBS 2016: Nate Picklo of lov bikes

When faced with some life-changing news, entrepreneur and lov founder/creative lead/painter Nate Picklo decided that there was no time like the present to chase his dreams in cycling. lov bikes fabricates their custom carbon frames in its facility (or as Nate calls it, their “lov shack”) in Eagle, Colorado, though their clean and curvy carbon frames are put over […]

Road to NAHBS 2016: Don Ferris of Anvil Bikeworks

Don Ferris is so pervasive within the frame building community that many take for granted that he exists. His company, Anvil Bikeworks, develops and fabricates the fixtures that help build many of the bikes you’ll see at NAHBS this year. At this point, it is unusual to walk into a frame builder’s shop and not […]

Road to NAHBS 2016: Carl and Loretta Strong of Strong Frames

Strong Frames has gone through several phases in its over 20 year existence. It grew from a one man band in Carl Strong’s grandmother’s garage to a million dollar a year company with twelve employees at its largest. In the past ten years, however, the company has been poetically distilled down to its current, ultra-focused, […]

Road to NAHBS 2016: Renzo Formigli of Formigli Bicycles

Renzo Formigli of Formigli Bicycles comes from a long line of racers, so it is interesting that he would take to building bikes rather than following the family tradition of racing and coaching. Though his decision to make bikes was made as a young boy, his career path was solidified when, as a young man, […]

Road to NAHBS 2016: Patrick Gauci of Patrick Cycleworks

The exciting thing about covering new builders is seeing patterns between them and current, established builders and not knowing exactly what they will turn into as they mature. Ontarian and new builder Patrick Gauci of Patrick Cycle Works is one of a group of builders that started their careers in aerospace before trying their hands […]

A week in review: Road to NAHBS, Tour Down Under, bright new threads for her from Rapha & QOM, and more!

Check out some new threads for her from Rapha &  Queen of the Mountain, more of Anna’s esoteric Road to NAHBS interviews and Jayson hitches a ride in the Lampre Merida team car at the Tour Down Under. Plus new rides from Whyte, Transition and Ridley. Though a truly rough week having lost two inspirational cyclists, Dave & Kelly […]

Road to NAHBS 2016: Steve Bilenky of Bilenky Cycle Works

The story of how internationally renown, well-oiled jam band, Bilenky Cycle Works, came to be is labyrinthine. Steve Bilenky, who wants it emphasized that he is only a small part of an excellent team, began his industry career at ten hustling bicycle repairs for neighborhood kids out of his family’s garage. That led to job at the local […]

Road to NAHBS 2016: Chris ‘Soultrain’ Sulfrian of REEB Cycles

Photos by Bobbie Turner When the president of the Oskar Blues Brewery had his bike stolen, his solution was to start a bike brand. Why not, right? After a few prototypes were made, Chris Sulfrian was tapped to build bikes for the brand, essentially making it happen for the brewery. Coming into its fifth year with […]