Posts in the category Interviews

NAHBS 2015: Julie Ann Pedalino

Pedalino NAHBS 2015 Julie

One of the big show highlights for me at NAHBS this year was new builder Julie Ann Pedalino. Remaining exuberant throughout the three day event and rocking blazing pink running shoes, Pedalino represented a unique energy within the context of both the new builder row and the already diverse community of builders within the larger show.

It was fitting that her “Campagnolo Best Build” Honorable Mention show bike, named Sushumna, also radiated with unique energy- despite being painted in understated gloss white. With chakra-themed brass adornments she had hand-cut with a jeweler’s saw and silver brazed onto her beautiful fillet brazed frame, Sushumna represented the culmination of her expertise and practice as an artist and craftswoman and an articulation of her appreciation of her bicycle as a spiritual vehicle. Hear Pedalino discuss her vehicle and process in her own words after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Stijl Cycles and LocoMachine

STIJL NAHBS 2015 breakaway 3

Since LocoMachine and Stijl Cycles will be bunking together at NAHBS this year, it made sense to group them together here.  Hinmaton Hisler talks about emerging trends in the small builder industry, going deep with titanium, and branching out after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: REEB

REEB NAHBS 2015 REEBdonkadonk Pinion box

Even at first glance, REEB’s REEBdonkadonk fat bike compels you to jump on and ride and play. Featuring REEB’s recently developed 31.6mm dropper-compatible, proprietary True Temper seat tube, a Pinion gear box with the Gates belt drive, beautifully minimal cable guides, and wrapped up with a raw, patriotic styling scheme, this machine will surely give you a funny feeling in your stomach.  Meet REEBdonkadonk and friends after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Cysco Cycles

Cysco Cycles NAHBS 2015 road 3

Having transitioned ownership and staff this year, Cysco Cycles will be coming to NAHBS this year with a fresh face. Look forward to compelling titanium builds with lovely masking work. New owner, Clay Ellison, talks new projects after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Sycip Slays With Killer Kid’s Bike

Sycip NAHBS 2015 kids 1

We can look forward to several very cool custom bikes for kids this year at the show, but the one in Jeremy Sycip’s booth may be the raddest.  Inspired by his children’s size and potential for getting rad, Sycip built a boss 20″ real-deal mountain bike for his son.  See the envy of every kid in the neighborhood, as well Sycip’s take on an all-terrain e-bike, after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Ventus Customs Reinvents

Ventus Customs NAHBS 2015 junctions carbon
Mark Kargol of Ventus Customs has been a new builder to watch for several years now. For his debut NAHBS in 2012, he rolled up to the show with a gorgeous carbon and titanium frame fitted with an immaculately modified component kit. He followed that up in 2013 with stainless steel lugs that had been investment cast from 3D printed wax parts, a process that allowed him not only to control the angles of his tubes but also the surface detailing in the lugs. Mark loves process, and he loves to reinterpret traditional design themes through exploring opportunities in new fabrication processes. Be sure to quiz him at this show about the process for this year’s machine- you won’t be disappointed. Techy teasers after the jump.


Road to NAHBS 2015: Steve Potts Bicycles

Steve Potts Bicycles NAHBS 2015

Steve Potts (assisted by his handsome dog, Cowboy) is a member of that club of builders who bring to NAHBS what happens to be “hot off the press” at showtime and bring home awards. Steve’s clean two-pass welds and functional designs have won him Best TIG and Best Ti frame ribbons in the past- will we see another this year?  Action shots after the jump.,, READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Connor Wood Bicycles’ Slugger

Connor cycles NAHBS 2015 slugger 3

Photos by Devon Balet //

Inspired by the announcement of the location for this year’s show and his preferred medium, Chris Connor approached Louisville Slugger for a collaborative project that will surely “knock it out of the park” this NAHBS. Connor’s show piece utilizes actual raw bat billets, baseball mitt leather, and bat grip tape for an impressive thematic complete build that definitely won’t strike out. Catch this pop fly after the jump… READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: The Return of Black Cat Bicycles

Black Cat NAHBS 2015 cyclocross cubes

Absent from the show since Sacramento in 2012, Black Cat Bicycles will make a grand return to NAHBS with several stunners. A cross monster with curvy stays and a dynamite cubic paint job, and a carbon/steel mash-up build with hand-carved art-deco lugs. Caution: Naked lug pictures after the jump…