Posts in the category Interviews

Road to NAHBS 2014: 44 Bikes, Made with Parts from the Lower 48

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First time exhibitor 44 Bikes isn’t new to building, just showing. We’ve featured their bikes here and here, and now we get a little peek into builder Kristofer Henry’s process in our annual lead up to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

KRISTOFER: I’m presently working with steel. I will eventually offer titanium to my clients but that is a ways off in the future. In the meantime, steel is an incredibly strong, durable and very practical material to work with. It offers a resilient and lively ride quality. I feel that I’ve barely scratched the surface of what is possible with the material. All of my frames are built using True Temper steel sourced from Henry James and all of my headtubes, bottom brackets, dropouts and assorted braze-ons are sourced from Paragon Machine Works. All made in the USA.

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Road to NAHBS 2014: Stijl Cycles’ New Loco Machine Brings Something Completely Different

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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.

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Road to NAHBS 2014: Boo Bicycles Growing Like Bamboo

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Boo RS-R carbon and bamboo road bike with hydraulic disc brakes and integrated seat mast.

At last year’s show, and probably at this year’s too, Boo Bicycles impresses with some super sleek bamboo and metal bikes with a couple one-off or prototype parts from others hanging on them. This year, founder Nick Frey says he’s got more than a couple surprises shooting up:

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

NICK: Bamboo (always!) with carbon fiber or aluminum.

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

NICK: A lot…we had a successful Kickstarter in May 2013 for the new www.aluboobikes.com and have been focused on perfecting our craft with Boo as well as introducing Aluboo to a wider audience. We are building a dealer network in the US, selling fat bikes like mad, and driving around the country in a decked out 1998 Bluebird All American: BooBus Maximus. The BooBus will be going to many of the biggest events in the US, meeting with dealers, and riding all the local Wednesday Night World Championships. We have some great partners in TrainingPeaks, BRAAAP, and Pactimo—they’ll be stocking us with some things we need for the road, both in the bus and on bikes. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2014 – Sarif Cycle Worx Throws Us a Curve

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A while back, we featured one of Sarif Cycle worx’s first builds, a very lightweight steel hardtail 29er for local pro Tommy Rodgers. Since then, builder Dave Johnson has been busy evolving his work…and making plenty more bikes. Given the proximity to his (and our!) Greensboro, NC, base, Charlotte makes the perfect start to his NAHBS experience.

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Road to NAHBS 2014 – Engin Cycles Goes All Ti, All the Time

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After introducing his titanium frame just last year at NAHBS, Engin Cycles builder/owner Drew Guldalian has flipped the switch completely. He’s also continued to develop new dropouts and parts, giving his frames a growing ability to work with all standards…and look good doing it!

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

DREW: I have officially made all my bikes titanium as of 2014. The only steel products I offer are forks. No titanium forks available. Unless you are an existing customer all bikes are titanium from now on.

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

DREW: I have made a few additions from last year. First being yet another new drop out. I have a road drop out that will debut at NAHBS. Also a few things have been added to the bikes such as butted titanium, 1″ chainstays, and I’m offering some new finishes.
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Road to NAHBS 2014: Jay Sycip of Cielo Cycles

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The Aston Martin race car inspired paint scheme introduced last year on their Cross Racer.

Last year’s interview with Cielo’s Design Manager Jay Sycip was a bit lengthier. This year’s abbreviated answers suggest they’re pressed to get things ready for the show. That’s not uncommon among builders at NAHBS, with most working until the 11th hour to prep their show bikes. And it was confirmed in this case with a quick phone call requesting images to go with Jay’s answers – there are none yet, because the main new bike hasn’t even been welded together yet!

What is that new bike? Read on and see…

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Road to NAHBS 2014: Nate Zukas’ First Show

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We first spotted Nate Zukas’ steel bikes at the first SE Bike Expo. Hailing from Augusta, GA, Zukas’ bikes are best explored with a careful eye. They’re good looking from afar, but details abound that reward a closer look. Fortunately, he’ll be setting up for his first ever NAHBS this March. Here’s a little taste of what to expect…

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

ZUKAS: Cro-Moly steel

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

ZUKAS: This is my first year at NAHBS! But what’s new for me is full fillet brazed frames and custom steel forks.

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Company Spotlight: Talking Heated Bar Tape and USA Manufacturing with A’ME

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No matter what the product, one facet of production always seems to stir up conversation – where it was made. For years we have seen more and more overseas manufacturing, but it seems we might just be on the cusp of more coming back state side. Then there are those companies who have quietly made things here since the beginning, like A’ME. Since making their first BMX grips in the 1970s, A’ME has proudly manufactured almost everything they make here in the US including most of their heated grips which are now available in both mountain, and the heated road wraps. After a box of heated goodies showed up, we thought it would be a great time to talk to A’ME’s Bob Rutten about the company, the state of US manufacturing, and their line of heated grips.

Plug into the conversation next.

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Road to NAHBS 2014: Don Walker’s Steel Bicycles

Don-Walker-Star-Track-BikeSomewhere between running his team and putting on this little show called NAHBS, Don Walker finds time to build a few bikes. Typically, they’re for the track or the cyclocross course, but every now and then he brings a little something different. Let’s see what’s been going on since last year’s interview and show

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

DON: Still steel. I have been threatening to break out of that for a while now, but time will tell.

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

DON: I’ve tried to re-tool, re-organize and get the shop flow to be able to produce bikes quicker. Seems to be faster, too!

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