Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Chris Bishop of Bishop Bikes, interviewed by Carl Schlemowitz

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Chris Bishop established himself early on as a must-follow builder among the slim lug sect, winning award after award for his soldered steel creations at NAHBS. It’s hard not to be a fan of a craftsman who plays in the space of existing traditional lugwork, pushing them to extremes through filling in lug joints, sculpting high shorelines, and tapering down almost to the tube surface for desired effect. Each Bishop frame truly has its own spirit, and the evolution in style of this builder has been really fun to watch over the decade he’s been building under this name.

For this interview, Carl Schlemowitz, an experimental builder on the production level, questions Bishop, an established banner holder for the new wave of single builder, one-off frame shops.

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Chris Bishop established himself early on as a must-follow builder among the slim lug sect, winning award after award for his soldered steel creations at NAHBS. It’s hard not to be a fan of a craftsman who plays in the space of existing traditional lugwork, pushing them to extremes through filling in lug joints, sculpting […]

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Grava measures up w/ prototype Gauger alloy gravel ‘cross frame, carbon fork to “ride everything”

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If you’ve been following Grava’s naming scheme, their bikes hearken back to the days of booze runners and prohibition. First there was their carbon Maple Sally, so named for the dirt road near the brand’s birthplace and reminiscent of the backroads smugglers used to transport their illicit liquids. Then came the Revenuer, their steel gravel bike named for the  tax collectors charged with hunting down backwoods distilleries.

Now, they’re working up the Gauger, an alloy version of their versatile good-for-gravel, good-for-cyclocross frames. The name comes from the person in pre-prohibition times that doled out the licenses to make, sell and distribute alcohol. Word is the position was always a very contentious seat, and the person was virtually always corrupt. Fortunately, the only person cheating anyone here will be you, nabbing a frameset with their new full carbon fork for just $900 when they start shipping in January…

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If you’ve been following Grava’s naming scheme, their bikes hearken back to the days of booze runners and prohibition. First there was their carbon Maple Sally, so named for the dirt road near the brand’s birthplace and reminiscent of the backroads smugglers used to transport their illicit liquids. Then came the Revenuer, their steel gravel bike […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Carl “Snarl” Schlemowitz of Vicious Cycles, questions by Alex Clauss

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Photo: Michael Gold

Carl “Snarl” Schlemowitz, the reformed young punk from Park Slope with a heart of gold, has been busy up at the Vicious World Headquarters in New Paltz, NY. Aside from secret projects in the works, his main public emphasis in recent years has been on education through his Metal Guru frame building school, one with alumni including this year’s Philly Bike Expo exhibitors Oddity and Vlad Cycles. Through the school, Carl, along with other highly esteemed talent such as Stephen Bilenky, instruct everything from welding and brazing to painting frames to making head badges.

Fortunately for show attendees, Carl will be exhibiting examples of his own work under the Vicious Cycles brand, one that has been producing thrilling framesets for over two decades. His bikes’ New England flavor is certainly worth experiencing in the flesh.

In this builder on builder interview, Carl is interviewed by Alex Clauss of Portus.

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Carl “Snarl” Schlemowitz, the reformed young punk from Park Slope with a heart of gold, has been busy up at the Vicious World Headquarters in New Paltz, NY. Aside from secret projects in the works, his main public emphasis in recent years has been on education through his Metal Guru frame building school, one with […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

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  • Video Series: Why use a power meter? – They’ve kind of blown up in recent ears, and Pioneer just put together an intro series to help you decide if you need one and how to benefit from it. For many, understanding how to use a power meter seems complicated. They brought in a well-known tri coach to explain the importance of using power when training for a race and after race completion. It looks like a good reference to wrap your head around the idea of training with power, no matter who makes your power meter. Youtube.com

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Video Series: Why use a power meter? – They’ve kind of blown up in recent ears, and Pioneer just put together an intro series to help you decide if you need one and how to benefit from it. For many, understanding how to use a power meter seems complicated. They brought in a well-known tri coach […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Fall CX prep in hills north of Malibu, CA

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Californian reader Ryan Steers sent in his photo with the tagline that “Fall has arrived!” He’s made the switch with fall here and cyclocross season underway of “swapping fat tires for skinny and pushing the limits of a rigid drop bar machine.” On this early morning ride in Oak Park, CA he headed out “at sunrise in dense cold fog and climbed 1500ft to China Flats to burst above the marine layer” and get this view just after the sun started to break through.

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



Californian reader Ryan Steers sent in his photo with the tagline that “Fall has arrived!” He’s made the switch with fall here and cyclocross season underway of “swapping fat tires for skinny and pushing the limits of a rigid drop bar machine.” On this early morning ride in Oak Park, CA he headed out “at sunrise in […]

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Pacenti updates classics, replacing them with new Brevet, Forza rims

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Pacenti’s two new rims are next generation versions of two of their more popular hoops.

The Brevet is a replacement for the PL23 and addresses some manufacturing issues they had with a prior vendor and also improve it’s looks. Performance wise, it’s the same width on the outside but gets a full millimeter wider inside, and they deepened the center well to aid tire installation. The original was very flat on the top, but the Brevet gets a nice rounded profile by reducing the flat sides from about 13mm down to about 10mm. Then, they added a bright anodization rather than full polish, so it still has a luster, just not crazy bright. It’s aimed at the more traditional commuter and city bikes, where these qualities should fit right in. Retail is $98.

For racier road and cyclocross pursuits, there’s the new Forza…

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Pacenti’s two new rims are next generation versions of two of their more popular hoops. The Brevet is a replacement for the PL23 and addresses some manufacturing issues they had with a prior vendor and also improve it’s looks. Performance wise, it’s the same width on the outside but gets a full millimeter wider inside, and […]

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Closeup look at Rotor’s one-piece 46/30 Spidering double chainring, plus pricing

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Mentioned at Eurobike but not available for photos, the one-piece fully machined Rotor Spidering now has pricing and a ship date. The design combines 46 and 30 tooth chainrings into a single part, bringing weight down to just 144g (claimed). While the low weight and easy direct mount design are two of the highlights, the real bonus is being able to run such a small inner chainring for wide range compact gearing on your gravel or cyclocross bike…

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Mentioned at Eurobike but not available for photos, the one-piece fully machined Rotor Spidering now has pricing and a ship date. The design combines 46 and 30 tooth chainrings into a single part, bringing weight down to just 144g (claimed). While the low weight and easy direct mount design are two of the highlights, the […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Richard Sachs interviewed by Erik Noren

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Photo by Carlos Alejandro

Builder-on-Builder (BoB) interviews are designed for builders to question other builders on the topics they find most relevant and interesting. 

Richard Sachs really needs no introduction. You probably not only know him by name but you’re also likely to have an established opinion about the polarizing builder. In his work, he challenges the cycling industry at large as well as the small builder community by eschewing new trends in style, product, and process. He builds a very specific product using a process that he has honed and mastered (though, he would never claim that) over decades. It’s this obsessive focus and relentless nature that puts him on the highest pedestal for his superfans and allows more experimental and conceptual builders and their fans to dismiss him.

But Richard is a force on many fronts. While many builders (or makers, as he would call them) stick to building, Richard has been active in efforts to grow and improve the community through helping to develop shows like NAHBS, professional entities such as The Framebuilders’ Collective, and forums such as Velocipede Salon. Aside from building frames, Richard is probably most known through his writing. While many have found his opinion pieces difficult to swallow (especially new builders), they come from a constructive, if sometimes brutally honest, place. Few people have put in as much time, thought, and effort into developing and fortifying the craft and community of frame building.

Questions by Erik Noren of Peacock Groove, Introduction by Anna Schwinn

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Builder-on-Builder (BoB) interviews are designed for builders to question other builders on the topics they find most relevant and interesting.  Richard Sachs really needs no introduction. You probably not only know him by name but you’re also likely to have an established opinion about the polarizing builder. In his work, he challenges the cycling industry at large as […]

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IB16: Boyd adds White Industries & ceramic braking upgrades, plus alloy cyclocross tubulars

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All of Boyd Cycling’s new carbon and alloy wheels debuted last year, so for this year’s show they displayed refinements like a disc brake specific version of the carbon clinchers and tubulars in 28, 44 and 60 mm depths, plus the 90mm shown above that’s coming soon. The alloy clinchers also get a disc specific version. It’s not just the absence of a brake track that makes them different, they also tweaked the angle of the spoke drillings to work better with disc brake hubs laced 2x on both sides since there’s now negative torque going into the wheel from braking forces.

Rim weights for the 90mm are 640g (tubular) and 690g (clincher), which they admit is a bit heavier than some competing rims because they increased the layup on the sidewalls to make them stiffer. Boyd says once rims get that deep, thinner sidewalls offer a flex point, so super thin carbon walls that you can squeeze can also flex under sprinting or hard cornering efforts.

The Eternity Hub they they worked on for so long has gone away. Their manufacturing partner couldn’t get the tolerances tight enough for it to have the reliability Boyd wanted, so they’re offering White Industries hubs as an $350 upgrade option instead. Roll on down to check out the all-new cyclocross-specific alloy tubulars and more…

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All of Boyd Cycling’s new carbon and alloy wheels debuted last year, so for this year’s show they displayed refinements like a disc brake specific version of the carbon clinchers and tubulars in 28, 44 and 60 mm depths, plus the 90mm shown above that’s coming soon. The alloy clinchers also get a disc specific […]

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