Posts in the category Interviews

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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Road to NAHBS 2014 – Appleman’s Carbon Bicycles

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It’s that time of year again, when custom bike builders are wrapping up their bestest bikes for the big show. This year, they’re all headed down to Charlotte, NC, practically Bikerumor’s backyard, for NAHBS 2014. That means it’s also time for our annual pre-show interviews to see what everyone’s been up to and give you a teaser of what’s to come.

This year, we’re starting off with Minneapolis based Appleman Bicycles. Founder and one man builder/owner/operator Matt Appleman always finds some artsy way of laying in the top layers of carbon. Check out last year’s interview and the 2013 show coverage for a little background, then dive in to see what’s coming…

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?
MATT: Carbon fiber. All carbon, all the time!

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Interview: How to Build a Fatbike Trail with the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition

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While it may seem counter intuitive, there comes a point where the snow gets too deep for even fatbikes. In areas where the snow accumulates in feet rather than inches, fatbike popularity is growing and so are the trails. To meet the need for fatbikers to have groomed trails to ride their fat tired behemoths, local mountain bike trail organizations are coming out of winter hibernation to create purpose built fatbike trails, like the trail in Marquette Michigan that was featured in the Cold Rolled film series. After hearing about the latest trail that was constructed in Sunny Vale County Park in Wausau, WI, we reached out to the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition and spoke with their president, Gary Barden, to find out just what is involved in building a “fatbike specific trail.”

Trail building doesn’t have to stop just because the ground is covered in snow – Gary walks us through the details, next.

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Merckx’s Musings: Track Racing Is The Ideal Training

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The winter is coming, and that’s a time for all cyclists to switch gears. Some take a few months off, others switch to different sports. But, what would Eddy do? We* took some time to talk to the greatest cyclist of all times, and founder of Eddy Merckx Cycles, and asked him how he spent his winters.

Eddy, the winter is here. How does a Cannibal get through winter?   

When I was a pro, I switched from road to track cycling every winter. Until 1966, I went to the Sports Palace in Brussels  to train (then the Brussels Equivalent of Madison Square Garden), later I switched to the velodromes of Ghent and Antwerp.

Did you do any other sports during winter time?

Sure, around December I liked to go to the mountains for a few weeks. I did cross-country skiing there, to stay fit and lose weight. I wasn’t the only one who did that, by the way. Joop Zoetemelk (the Dutchman who went on to win the Tour in ’80) did the same thing.

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Tradeshow Roundup: Killer Cruiser Bikes

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We don’t usually stop for full technical run throughs on balloon tired path pedalers, preferring to do some cruise by shooting of the best ones. The white one above caught our eye for it’s ghosted simplicity, but it’s hiding some high tech inside the fuselage.

There were plenty more around the show with the Springer leading link fork design and other nifty designs, and the best are at the bottom of the post!

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Interview: Talking Bamboo with Boo Bikes Founder Nick Frey

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Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about bamboo bikes, with Boo Bikes right in the thick of it. Some has been good, some negative, but really when it comes to using bamboo as a frame material there seems to be a lot more questions than answers in the general population. After listening to a number of friends rave about their bikes after test riding them during the Cincy3 CX weekend, we decided it was time to sit down with Boo Bikes founder Nick Frey for a candid interview to try and find out what Boo is all about.

Find out how to grow a bike after the break.

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Tech Speak: Talking TeXtreme Spread Tow Carbon With Oxeon and Felt

Tech Speak: Talking TeXtreme Spread Tow Carbon With Oxeon and Felt

Often, if you want to see the pinnacle of carbon fiber design, you need simply look toward Formula 1. Teams invest millions to build the fastest, lightest, most aerodynamic cars which are able to withstand speeds of 200+ mph and remain strong enough to protect the driver in a crash. Over the past few years all of the championships have been won using Oxeon’s TeXtreme spread tow carbon fabric, though F1 is a small part of Oxeon’s success.

2013 saw the introduction of TeXtreme to the bicycle industry with Felt’s first use of the incredible fabric in the launch of their FRD line. Since then, Felt has introduced 4 new models that also get the special checkerboard look, which prompted us to sit down with David Kolosek of Oxeon to get a better understanding of what sets TeXtreme apart from “everyday” carbon.

Oxeon weaves us a story after the break.

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