Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Burnsey from Oddity Cycles, questions by Richard Sachs

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In a way, Burnsey (… just Burnsey, like Cher), the builder behind Oddity, is best understood in opposition… which is why it was exciting to have Richard Sachs agree to ask the questions for this Builder on Builder interview and to be able to highlight these two back-to-back. After all, how better to highlight an anti-establishment character than in direct opposition to what he deems to be the establishment?

If you put an Oddity and a Richard Sachs side by side, how this clash of philosophies extends to the bicycle form is beautifully showcased. The Richard Sachs is a physical manifestation of decades of obsessive refinement and trial and error and innovation within a tightly constrained physical envelope, crafted by a true master in the traditional sense. You know it’s good because it is a Richard Sachs. It is the best the tradition has to offer.

The Oddity on the other hand, has extra components of time and space to it. Even photographing it is challenging because the typical drive side shot cannot capture it. The frame and fork explode in three dimensions as soon as you deviate from the right hand view and the bike changes character as you view it from different angles. In addition to experimenting with form, Burnsey gets his kicks by adopting new technologies… and dragging them into his lair and applying them to his curvy klunker-derived format. As a result, the Oddity is experimental and highly expressive in process and form.

I’m smiling as I’m typing this because looking at these two bikes and builders makes me appreciate the breadth of philosophy and personality of the small builder community. These two bikes don’t belong in the same universe, but they will be in the same room at the Philly Bike Expo…

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In a way, Burnsey (… just Burnsey, like Cher), the builder behind Oddity, is best understood in opposition… which is why it was exciting to have Richard Sachs agree to ask the questions for this Builder on Builder interview and to be able to highlight these two back-to-back. After all, how better to highlight an […]

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Christini regains traction w/ run of All Wheel Drive Fat Bikes and new Kate Leeming 5″ South Pole model

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Now a few years in the making, Kate Leeming is still preparing to become the first person to pedal across Antarctica via the South Pole. Originally scheduled for the winter of 2015/16, ‘Breaking the Cycle South Pole’ has been postponed until winter of 2017/18. When we last checked in with Kate, she had just taken delivery of the first Christini All Wheel Drive fat bike prototypes. After getting out of the bicycle business to focus on AWD dirt bikes, Steve Christini mentions it was at Kate’s request for an AWD fat bike that got them back in the bicycle building mindset. After building up the first prototype with parts left over from their mountain bike days, that first bike was split rail design with a solid drive shaft from the rear axle to the head tube. The design worked, but the frame was limited to 4″ fat bike tires.

In order to help Kate accomplish her goal of becoming the first person to pedal across Antarctica, Christini developed a new frame capable of running 5″ fat bike tires which becomes important with constantly changing snow conditions across the entire continent…

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Now a few years in the making, Kate Leeming is still preparing to become the first person to pedal across Antarctica via the South Pole. Originally scheduled for the winter of 2015/16, ‘Breaking the Cycle South Pole’ has been postponed until winter of 2017/18. When we last checked in with Kate, she had just taken […]

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Vee Tire Co. adds slicks for fat bikes, plus bikes, plus new sizes and new tires for mountain bikes

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Riding a fat bike on the pavement is an odd thing to do, but that isn’t to say people don’t do it. Whether it’s riding to the (hard pack) beach during the summer in flip flops, cruising in a parade, riding an entire charity ride, or just tooling around with your kids in the neighborhood, we’ve seen it done. For the most part, fat bike slicks have either been non-existent, or too small for many fat bikes which drops the bottom bracket and affects the handling.

Vee Tire Co. is addressing all of that with their new Apache Fattyslick. Looking more sport bike than fat bike, the Fattyslick is one of a number of new sizes, tread patterns, and tires that Vee was showing this tradeshow season…

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Riding a fat bike on the pavement is an odd thing to do, but that isn’t to say people don’t do it. Whether it’s riding to the (hard pack) beach during the summer in flip flops, cruising in a parade, riding an entire charity ride, or just tooling around with your kids in the neighborhood, […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Erik Noren of Peacock Groove, questions by Megan Dean

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Photos by Anna Schwinn

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

Another trade show, another interview with Erik Noren. Acclaimed as the “Liberace of Framebuilding,” the iridescent mastermind behind Peacock Groove has been busy whipping up something very close to his Minneapolis heart in preparation for the Philly Bike Expo. While there have been pictures of this bike in the works, you’ll have to put on your Raspberry Beret, Diamonds and Pearls, and drive your Little Red Corvette on over to the Philadelphia Expo Center to see its formal debut. Word on the street that its splendor could make show goers Delirious and that it’s sure to cause a Controversy. But I digress.

Through her questions, Megan Dean of Moth Attack did a formidable job of peeling back the feathery plumage to give us a picture of the man behind the torch, one that loves anime, uses punctuation like an enthusiastic teenager, and deep down just wants to make people fall in love with bicycles.

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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.  Another trade show, another interview with Erik Noren. Acclaimed as the “Liberace of Framebuilding,” the iridescent mastermind behind Peacock Groove has been busy whipping up something very close to his Minneapolis heart in preparation for the […]

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Tumbleweed Bicycle Co. moves across the land with Prospector touring fat bike

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For backcountry touring bikes, things like 29+ make a lot of sense for their comfort and excellent roll over characteristics. The catch, as several tourers have explained, is parts availability. Twenty niner tires weren’t all that common even a couple years ago, and in more remote parts of the world, 26″ is still the de facto standard.

The way around it? Make a touring mountain bike that can handle any wheel size by building it around a 26×4.0 fat bike tire, of course. And should you want to run a 27.5×3.25 or 29×3.0? Go for it. But this versatility presents a new concern…crank set compatibility. The wider fat bike spindles are probably even less common throughout the world than a fat tire, so the new Tumbleweed Prospector built big tire clearance with a standard 73mm bottom bracket shell and narrow Q-factor…

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For backcountry touring bikes, things like 29+ make a lot of sense for their comfort and excellent roll over characteristics. The catch, as several tourers have explained, is parts availability. Twenty niner tires weren’t all that common even a couple years ago, and in more remote parts of the world, 26″ is still the de facto […]

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IB16: Bar Mitts Winter Bot keeps your water from freezing, sister company Tail Gater puts a table on your car’s tire

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Yes, you’ve probably seen the memes circulating by now – winter is coming. For some of us that means breaking out all the equipment we have to use just to stay alive in the coldest months. One issue that has always plagued riders in extremely cold temperatures? Freezing water. Ride at temperatures below zero and it won’t take long for that water bottle to become a block of ice.

Bar Mitts thinks they have the solution with their new Winter Bot. Basically a Bar Mitt for your bottle, the neoprene sleeve should keep your water liquid, and there may be a summer version in the works as well…

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Yes, you’ve probably seen the memes circulating by now – winter is coming. For some of us that means breaking out all the equipment we have to use just to stay alive in the coldest months. One issue that has always plagued riders in extremely cold temperatures? Freezing water. Ride at temperatures below zero and it […]

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IB16: LaMere Cycles launches the Dopamine – their own full suspension carbon fat/plus/plus fat bike

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LaMere Cycles has made a name for themselves by selling factory direct carbon frames at very enticing prices. That usually means the frames are of the open mold variety and very similar to other bikes on the market. Their new Dopamine carbon full suspension bike is apparently a different story. After testing a full suspension frame that was available from an open mold (and breaking it), LaMere designed their own frame with a proprietary mold.

The result is a crazy light carbon full suspension bike that can be built with a dizzying array of options depending on how fat or tall you want to go…

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LaMere Cycles has made a name for themselves by selling factory direct carbon frames at very enticing prices. That usually means the frames are of the open mold variety and very similar to other bikes on the market. Their new Dopamine carbon full suspension bike is apparently a different story. After testing a full suspension […]

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IB16: Surly’s Krampus plus bike is now Boost – or not

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Like many things Surly, the Krampus was ahead of its time. Introduced when 2.4″ was still considered a huge tire, the bike not only helped to usher in a wave of plus, but proved that 29+ could be viable as well. A lot has changed since the Krampus was launched more than 4 years ago. Geometries have changed, better tires are available, and dropper posts are all but ubiquitous. And then there’s the hub spacing…

The new Krampus addresses all of that to ensure the big wheels keep on rollin’…

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Like many things Surly, the Krampus was ahead of its time. Introduced when 2.4″ was still considered a huge tire, the bike not only helped to usher in a wave of plus, but proved that 29+ could be viable as well. A lot has changed since the Krampus was launched more than 4 years ago. […]

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IB16: Advocate Cycles loads up Seldom Seen plus bike packing, & Sand County touring bikes, both roll on new Terrene tires

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If you’re looking to load up a bike and get out of Dodge, Advocate Cycles has your number. Both of their newest bikes are meant to shine when loaded, whether off the beaten path or halfway around the world. The bikes may closely resemble other models in their line up, but each has some purposeful tweaks to ensure that they will be ready for whatever trail you find yourself on. In addition, the bikes each make use of Terrene tires – a separate company, but another involving Advocate Cycles’ founder Tim Krueger. So while the bikes may be very appealing, the tires will also be available separately to fit your ride…

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If you’re looking to load up a bike and get out of Dodge, Advocate Cycles has your number. Both of their newest bikes are meant to shine when loaded, whether off the beaten path or halfway around the world. The bikes may closely resemble other models in their line up, but each has some purposeful […]

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