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

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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 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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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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Road from PBE16 BoB Interview: Bryan Hollingsworth of Royal H, questions by Eric Estlund

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Bryan Hollingsworth hails from the incestuously tight-knit framebuilding community of New England. At his day job at Seven Cycles, he works on their carbon frame line. After hours, however, he (like many employees at the company) builds his own product. At first, his bikes through Royal H (H is for Hollingsworth) seem like an eclectic collection with very little in common. There are carbon creations, tapered headtubes, constructed or modified lugs- it makes someone question what theme could possibly be pulling them together.

Here it is: Bryan is a tailor. He builds for the customer’s needs, whatever those physical or formal needs might be. It sets him apart from many builders who build in a highly stylized format no matter who the customer may be, but it demonstrates his range of ability and experimental spirit.

In this post show Builder on Builder interview, Bryan Hollingsworth is interviewed by Eric Estlund of Winter.

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Bryan Hollingsworth hails from the incestuously tight-knit framebuilding community of New England. At his day job at Seven Cycles, he works on their carbon frame line. After hours, however, he (like many employees at the company) builds his own product. At first, his bikes through Royal H (H is for Hollingsworth) seem like an eclectic […]

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This Week’s Best Posts: Mountain bike reviews, crazy suspension, limited steel & builder interviews!

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This week’s smorgasbord of builder-on-builder interviews led us right up to the Philly Bike Expo and gave us all a fun peek inside the minds of our nation’s top handmade frame builders.

Somewhere just outside the handmade crowd were a couple boutique mountain bike builds and a sweet limited edition True Temper steel road bike from Chris Chance. The mountain bikes come from Tantrum, which puts a unique twist on rear suspension, and Scurra reinvents the front, too, with their wild linkage driven fork and rear end (it’s that red bike up above, just in case you couldn’t guess). Almost as wild are Zipp’s new sawtooth aero wheels, which use nature as inspiration for an aggressive looking wheelset designed to cheat the wind in any direction. There’s even a video to help explain it.

Back to mountain bikes, we reviewed a few 2017 XC models from Norco, Cannondale and Kona, with more coming up next week. We also reviewed a few pieces of gear, and there’s the usual assortment of other new bikes, components and kit to poke through…

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This week’s smorgasbord of builder-on-builder interviews led us right up to the Philly Bike Expo and gave us all a fun peek inside the minds of our nation’s top handmade frame builders. Somewhere just outside the handmade crowd were a couple boutique mountain bike builds and a sweet limited edition True Temper steel road bike […]

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Road to PBE BoB Interview: Eric Estlund of Winter Cycles, Questions by Chris Bishop

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I first had an opportunity to chat with Eric Estlund at Bespoked in Bristol, England. In a show full of highly polished randonneur and classically styled road bikes, Eric rolled up with the pink and black bike seen above, one he painted himself. The fully rigid New England-style plus-sized mountain bike made my heart flutter, instantly revealing all of my deep-seated and very American biases.

But what was really interesting about this bike is that it wasn’t what I thought of when I thought of Winter Bicycles. There are two things that stick out in my mind when I think of this builder. One is his bi-laminate head tubes, where the top and down tubes seem to originate from the “lugs,” usually featured on a touring frame. The other is his finishes, with wild two dimensional (and sometimes, three-dimensional) finishes.

For this Builder on Builder interview, Eric is questioned by Chris Bishop of Bishop Cycles.

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I first had an opportunity to chat with Eric Estlund at Bespoked in Bristol, England. In a show full of highly polished randonneur and classically styled road bikes, Eric rolled up with the pink and black bike seen above, one he painted himself. The fully rigid New England-style plus-sized mountain bike made my heart flutter, […]

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

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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 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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