PBE16: Interview with Winter Bicycles’ Eric Estlund on high fashion track bike, his PBE collection

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Eric Estlund of Winter Bicycles is known for his gothic-style bilaminate construction and his randonneur bikes. To my surprise and delight, his booth at the Philly Bike Expo featured bikes across his personal style spectrum. Rather than try to summarize the collection for him, I let Eric describe each bike in the collection, its purpose and often extreme detailing in his own words.

My favorite in the collection (though, I’m highly biased) was a high fashion track bike- a category that’s become exceedingly rare since the wind-down of the fixie boom in the mid 00’s. A highly nuanced build that he calls his interpretation of an 80’s Japanese impression of a 50’s Italian race bike. With shorelines pulled to the brink and an overhaul of the crown, the bike is an academic discussion of a recent history of framebuilding on a global scale- fitting for a American builder with one foot in the foreign market.

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  Eric Estlund of Winter Bicycles is known for his gothic-style bilaminate construction and his randonneur bikes. To my surprise and delight, his booth at the Philly Bike Expo featured bikes across his personal style spectrum. Rather than try to summarize the collection for him, I let Eric describe each bike in the collection, its purpose and […]

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Dropper Post Roundup: Comparing the Crankbrothers Highline, Magura Vyron, RaceFace Turbine, & RockShox Reverb

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Still on the fence about a dropper post? The newest crop of seat height adjusters are more durable than ever, and getting better all the time. But like many things, they’re also still not perfect. We got our hands on four of the latest posts to see how they held up to some abuse. The good news? None of them have failed (completely), and at least one was quite surprising…

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Still on the fence about a dropper post? The newest crop of seat height adjusters are more durable than ever, and getting better all the time. But like many things, they’re also still not perfect. We got our hands on four of the latest posts to see how they held up to some abuse. The […]

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Eating to win: Training, Race, and Recovery Nutrition with Team Sky’s Dr. Morton and SIS Nutrition

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Ian Boswell fueling up at the top of the climb.

Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it turns out, the balance between carbs, fat, and protein might be a bit different than you’ve been  taught. Not only the balance, but the timing for each group to obtain your peak performance.

All of this was the subject of a recent even put on by Science in Sport. As the chief nutrition sponsor of Team Sky, SIS plays a critical role in the performance of their star athletes like Chris Froome, but there’s a lot more to the story than gels and protein powder. Real food is just as important as prepackaged performance nutrition, but it’s also not as simple as eating healthy and bumping up the carbs for race day.

To ensure that their team performs at their peak, Team Sky brought in renowned sports nutrition expert, Dr. James Morton. A researcher at Liverpool John Moores University, Dr. Morton also lends his services to other sports including boxing, Premier League football teams, and MMA. While each of those sports have unique nutritional needs for athletes to perform their best, Dr. Morton says nutrition presents a uniquely important role in cycling, and in a way that is still evolving…

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Are you eating for your best performance? That seems like a fairly simple question, but based on the latest science, the answer might surprise you. As cyclists, for years we’ve been told that carbs are king. Want to perform your best for your race tomorrow? Eat pasta the night before the race. But as it […]

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Osmo Nutrition back in business to keep Peter Sagan on two wheels (or one)

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Osmo photos c. Christopher Keiser

Maybe you didn’t even know they were gone, but Osmo Nutrition is back. Known for their ground breaking work in the nutrition space focused around the osmolality of hydration drink mixes, Osmo gained quite a few fans the last time around.

Most notably? That would probably be Peter Sagan. As the story goes, Peter first found Osmo after meeting Ben Capron, one of Osmo’s three co-founders, at the Westlake Village Inn during a Cannondale training camp. After cramping badly on the brutally hot stage two of the Tour of California in Palm Springs, Sagan and his team requested Osmo and ended up winning stage three the next day. He’s been on the product ever since – even if that meant having people buy it for him here in the states and hand carrying it over to Europe.

During an interview at the Sagan VIP ride, Peter said, “During my career, I understood also a lot of things in cycling, what is good for you. You have to explore what is good, what kind of training you have to do, what kind of product you have to use. Because you are meeting everyday a lot of people, right? And especially the sponsors, like everybody comes to you and says ‘this is the best, this is the best.'” Naturally, with that comes a bit of skepticism. But after trying the product and seeing the results in his racing, Peter was hooked…

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Maybe you didn’t even know they were gone, but Osmo Nutrition is back. Known for their ground breaking work in the nutrition space focused around the osmolality of hydration drink mixes, Osmo gained quite a few fans the last time around. Most notably? That would probably be Peter Sagan. As the story goes, Peter first […]

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Story about a Prince: Part 2

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In Part 1, I discussed the reasoning behind buying a custom bike. In this installment, I’ll discuss the process of building the frame into what you see here, the Philly Bike Expo build. 

When we left off, I was off in Portland, riding my naked Peacock Groove around in the rain.

Riding a custom bike that is literally rusting beneath you can be an intense experience. On one hand, I think corrosion is beautiful, and there is something kind of poetic about riding a bike that is constantly morphing through chemical change beneath you. It really only looks the way it does at that exact moment. A day later, there will be new or different rust. Your legs polish the top tube as you ride it. It develops a patina that shows where the frame has been impacted by your body or the elements.

On the other hand, you know that tubing is pretty gosh-darned thin… and you’re basically hurting it by riding it this way.

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In Part 1, I discussed the reasoning behind buying a custom bike. In this installment, I’ll discuss the process of building the frame into what you see here, the Philly Bike Expo build.  When we left off, I was off in Portland, riding my naked Peacock Groove around in the rain. Riding a custom bike […]

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2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part Three – The Event

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Photo c. Taiwan Cyclist Federation

Continuing my story from Part One and Part Two, four o’clock in the morning on Friday, October 28, 2016, signified an early wake up to attend the fifth running of the Taiwan KOM Challenge starting in the beachside city of Hualien, Taiwan. I chowed down a modest breakfast as I made last minute checks of my bicycle and GoPro cameras, and loaded all of my nutritional goodies onto my person for the day. Was I ready? About as ready as a bloke who calls Gainesville, FL, home could be!

On the agenda was arguably the toughest paved climb on the planet. Approximately 10,700 feet (3,275 meters) of sustained climbing from sea level to the summit of Wuling. Somewhere along the climb is a short descent about 2.5 kilometres / 1.5 miles in length, but even with this taken into account, I was looking at over 80 kilometres / 50 miles of sustained climbing with nary any relief. Time to line up with 385 other cyclists and do my best… Continue reading “2016 Taiwan KOM Challenge: Part Three – The Event”



Continuing my story from Part One and Part Two, four o’clock in the morning on Friday, October 28, 2016, signified an early wake up to attend the fifth running of the Taiwan KOM Challenge starting in the beachside city of Hualien, Taiwan. I chowed down a modest breakfast as I made last minute checks of my […]

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PBE16: Ground Up Speed Shop’s Eric Baar discusses his velodrome hot rod

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Eric Baar’s day job is laying perfect beads for daVinci tandems in Denver, Colorado. When he’s in his personal shop, the skunkworks at Ground Up Speed Shop in Colorado Springs, he’s there to have fun- which is what makes his bikes so exciting. Eric approaches his bikes the way he does his race car. They are flashy and exuberant expressions of the machine and the sport, as well as his level of mastery as a craftsman. This means exposed welds, metal flake and pinstriped finishes, and experimental interpretations of existing componentry.

For the Philly Bike Expo, Eric treated both himself and the public to his new personal bike, his new interpretation of a velodrome speed machine. With the exception of the saddle and the handlebars, every component on the build has been modified or built from scratch for his specific intents. The front aluminum triangle is the culmination of years of track frame innovation in aluminum. The rear triangle, in titanium, is heavily influenced by hot rods- to the point here the joints literally look hot. What’s most evident is that Eric built this bike so that he, as a craftsman and artist, could have a long and beautiful relationship with it. It will change and grow and become more pinstriped and outrageous over his time riding and playing with it. This bike is simultaneously a proving ground and a sketchbook for Eric.

Rather than try to speak for Eric, I interviewed him on the Philly Bike Expo show floor.

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Eric Baar’s day job is laying perfect beads for daVinci tandems in Denver, Colorado. When he’s in his personal shop, the skunkworks at Ground Up Speed Shop in Colorado Springs, he’s there to have fun- which is what makes his bikes so exciting. Eric approaches his bikes the way he does his race car. They are […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles, questions by Bryan Hollingsworth

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Last but not least, we have Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles. Drew’s product is exciting from a deeply technical standpoint – he’s a crowd favorite for the bike engineers in the know. His bikes are highly process oriented (#itsallabouttheprocess) so it really takes understanding his workshop to know the technical feats of his frames. His frames are of high quality because he’s got a top notch shop packed with fabulous machinery and he knows how to use them. He CNC machines his complex and ultra-functional dropouts in house – as well as much of his tooling (which he occasionally opens up for sale to other builders).

In this final and late installment of the Bikerumor Builder on Builder Philly Bike Expo interview series, Drew is interviewed by Bryan Hollingsworth of Royal H.

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Last but not least, we have Drew Guldalian of Engin Cycles. Drew’s product is exciting from a deeply technical standpoint – he’s a crowd favorite for the bike engineers in the know. His bikes are highly process oriented (#itsallabouttheprocess) so it really takes understanding his workshop to know the technical feats of his frames. His frames […]

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Story about a Prince: Part 1

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When my bike won the People’s Choice award at the Philly Bike Expo last weekend, I was encouraged by Tyler to talk about it here. I tend to not talk about my personal custom bikes because I feel that they are, well, personal. They reflect me and my personality and product needs… so they aren’t really anyone else’s business. When you write publicly, you share a lot about yourself through your words. My relationship with my bikes, especially my custom bikes, is personal.

But with pictures of this bike all over media, social and anti-social, it’s become abundantly clear that this bike, more than any bike I’ve ever had, is already extremely public.

So, friends, let’s talk.

Photos by Patrick Walker

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When my bike won the People’s Choice award at the Philly Bike Expo last weekend, I was encouraged by Tyler to talk about it here. I tend to not talk about my personal custom bikes because I feel that they are, well, personal. They reflect me and my personality and product needs… so they aren’t […]

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