Chris Connor asked if this wood makes his bike look fat?

NAHBS is just around the corner again. And while Anna is bringing us the behind-the-scenes with another season of Road to NAHBS interviews, this fat creation snuck past her into my inbox. Chris Connor, owner of Connor Wood Bicycles has been displaying his wooden crafted bikes at NAHBS since at least 2013. Each year the bikes get more refined, look even more capable off-road, and the latest additions even added some wood/carbon composite handlebar offerings. Well, this year Connor has been busy in the wood shop again, and is going fat with a new bike built around a set of wide Surly Lous…

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NAHBS is just around the corner again. And while Anna is bringing us the behind-the-scenes with another season of Road to NAHBS interviews, this fat creation snuck past her into my inbox. Chris Connor, owner of Connor Wood Bicycles has been displaying his wooden crafted bikes at NAHBS since at least 2013. Each year the bikes get more […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Long Interview: Dmitry Nechaev of Triton

With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember from our interview last year and who NAHBS 2016 show-goers will remember from the Soviet era military surplus hats he sold to help finance his trip.

As we learned from this entertaining interview with Dmitry over Skype last week, the Russian framebuilding landscape is unique- very different from the one builders take for granted in the US. The industrial infrastructure and manufacturing legacy from the USSR, as well as the economic repercussions as a result of its collapse, continue to both positively and negatively affect the every day lives of the few, though resilient, framebuilders in the country.

Because of this unique economic and cultural environment in Russia and despite being physically removed from the relatively accessible bicycle economies of Europe, Asia, and the US, Triton has found its place. The titanium company has designed and put into production several proprietary yokes to help to differentiate their frames in the global marketplace. They’ve also continued to expand their international presence, now selling to 37 countries worldwide. As Dmitry hints in this interview, big things are on the horizon for the Moscow company…

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With framebuilders representing Japan, Ireland, England, Korea, and so on, this might be the most international NAHBS to date. But what is probably most surprising is the apparent onslaught of builders from Russia, a country not well known for its framebuilding tradition. Leading this invasion is Dmitry Nechaev of Triton, who our readers will remember […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017: Pierre Chastain of Blaze Bicycles

Not unlike The Matrix, the small framebuilder community is all around you. While we tend to associate these small builders with places like Northern California or Portland or New England, the fact is that the builder community is more pervasive than anyone can understand (and people have tried). Only a small fraction of North American framebuilders show at NAHBS, and even fewer show every year. This means that, chances are, there are people working in garages and workshops building away in your city or town that you probably don’t know about. And while the internet has does wonders to facilitate communication and collaboration between these craftsmen, I have found that the more isolated the builder, the more unique the flavor.

It is in this context that I introduce Pierre Chastain of Blaze Bicycles. It’s been several years since we last saw him at the show (though I’ve personally been following him for awhile now). He’s out of Moab, Utah, a city not exactly a center of small framebuilding which, as he says, cuts out the clutter and allows him to focus. He’s been through the gauntlet of materials and processes, but seems to be settling down with curvy Titanium and TIG as his material and joining process of choice- and he’s certainly not done experimenting or evolving.

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Not unlike The Matrix, the small framebuilder community is all around you. While we tend to associate these small builders with places like Northern California or Portland or New England, the fact is that the builder community is more pervasive than anyone can understand (and people have tried). Only a small fraction of North American framebuilders […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017: Kevin Fickling of Cryptic Cycles

More so than any year I remember, Sacramento 2016 was an exceptional show for new talent. There was not a single dud in the bunch. Everyone came with something to set themselves apart from the pack through caliber of finish, concept, process, or all of the above. Plus, the bikes were so diverse in category and fabrication method that it would have been impossible for me to pick a single favorite. Fortunately, NAHBS has personalities on hand who are happy to do just that. When the dust had cleared, Kevin Fickling of Cryptic Cycles was named Best New Builder out of the talented field, with some suggesting that he should have been in the running for best carbon bike, overall.

His full carbon road bike was exceptionally finished. Tubing was made in-house and dropouts as well as cable stops and guides were constructed and machined by Kevin. For me, however, the fun was in the materials. Kevin also utilized Boron fibers as well as glass microbeads to keep the weight of the frame below 700g. Given that this impressive performance came from a builder only in his first year, we’re looking forward to what Kevin will be bringing to Salt Lake City a year on.

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More so than any year I remember, Sacramento 2016 was an exceptional show for new talent. There was not a single dud in the bunch. Everyone came with something to set themselves apart from the pack through caliber of finish, concept, process, or all of the above. Plus, the bikes were so diverse in category and […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017: Vlad Dolinsky of Vlad Cycles

We hope you’re getting stoked for the show with our Road to NAHBS series so far. This week, we’ve shared interviews with likes of James Bleakley of Black Sheep Cycles and Chris McGovern of McGovern Cycles. Next week, we’re excited to continue to bring you interviews from a tasty blend of fresh faces and established favorites alike from the domestic framebuilding community… beyond! And, don’t forget, we’re bringing a new dimension to the pre-show coverage this year, designed to award frequent readers of our Road to NAHBS series with big prizes. So get stoked, stay tuned, and keep reading.

To round out this week, we talked to Vlad Dolinsky of Vlad Cycles, the up-and-comer from New Jersey (though, originally from Western Ukraine). Since his NAHBS debut in Louisville a short two years ago, Vlad has been pushing into engaging functional and visual territory. His frames are getting curvier. His racks are becoming more sophisticated and elaborate. Rather than settling in on a visual theme and refining, Vlad seems to be playing around across genres.

As a result, Vlad’s bikes are fun and fresh. We’re excited to see where he continues to push and excited to see what he’s bringing to this year’s show.

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We hope you’re getting stoked for the show with our Road to NAHBS series so far. This week, we’ve shared interviews with likes of James Bleakley of Black Sheep Cycles and Chris McGovern of McGovern Cycles. Next week, we’re excited to continue to bring you interviews from a tasty blend of fresh faces and established favorites […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017: Chris McGovern of McGovern Cycles

Photos used with permission of Chris McGovern

As a lifelong enthusiast with experience racing, wrenching, and coaching at the highest levels of our sport, framebuilding represents a next level of relationship between Chris McGovern and bicycles. Though he started building in titanium about two years ago, Chris switched material emphasis and made his NAHBS debut last year with a clean carbon ‘cross bike.

A year on, the work coming out of McGovern Cycles is leaner and cleaner due to constant process and product improvements. As he continues to “chase proficiency” with his work, Chris takes his product to another level through collaboration with materials engineers and a blend of field and destructive lab testing. Between his approach to development and his continued involvement in all facets of cycling otherwise, it’s safe to say Chris McGovern is a new talent to watch in the North American framebuilding community.

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As a lifelong enthusiast with experience racing, wrenching, and coaching at the highest levels of our sport, framebuilding represents a next level of relationship between Chris McGovern and bicycles. Though he started building in titanium about two years ago, Chris switched material emphasis and made his NAHBS debut last year with a clean carbon ‘cross […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Long Interview: James Bleakley of Black Sheep Bikes

Out on the front range of Colorado, there is a thriving pocket of builders who specialize in curvy, Klunker-derived mountain bikes. There is Chris Sulfrain at REEB, Cjell Money, Burnsey of Oddity, and Todd Heath of Moonmen. The bikes coming out of this crew are marked by their complex, three-dimensional forms and enthusiastic experimentation using new standards and technologies.

The Godfather to this talented and creative crew is the one and only James Bleakley, owner of Black Sheep Bikes and all-around nice guy. All of the aforementioned builders have apprenticed at his shop at one time or another (along with that talented up-and-comer, Corbin Brady). When I stopped by his shop, we talked about how he came into his distinctive, windy style as well as his building philosophy.

Also, for all those Black Sheep fans out there, James has treated us to a sneak peek of the Deathsplosion he’ll be showing in Salt Lake City.

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Out on the front range of Colorado, there is a thriving pocket of builders who specialize in curvy, Klunker-derived mountain bikes. There is Chris Sulfrain at REEB, Cjell Money, Burnsey of Oddity, and Todd Heath of Moonmen. The bikes coming out of this crew are marked by their complex, three-dimensional forms and enthusiastic experimentation using new standards […]

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Road to NAHBS 2017 Kickoff: CALLING ALL QUESTIONS!

NAHBS 2012 Cherubim silver bike

Oh Boy! It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year! It’s when we at the Bikerumor.com North American Handmade Bicycle Show Desk post our pre-show coverage.

Last year, we did a series of long and short form interviews with builders and community characters which you seemed to really enjoy. This year, we hope to elevate pre-show coverage to even greater heights through a multi-pronged approach. There will be long interviews, short interviews, quizzes, and rad prizes for you, our valued readers.

In order to make this exciting new format as successful as possible, we need your help!

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Oh Boy! It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year! It’s when we at the Bikerumor.com North American Handmade Bicycle Show Desk post our pre-show coverage. Last year, we did a series of long and short form interviews with builders and community characters which you seemed to really enjoy. This year, we hope to elevate pre-show coverage to […]

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Interview: Alchemy Bicycles with Ryan Cannizzaro and Matthew Maczuzak

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In a world where almost all production carbon fiber is made overseas, Alchemy Bicycles has soldiered forth not only producing frames, but really leveraging their Denver, Colorado facility and many decades of in-house carbon manufacturing experience to push the envelope of what can be done in the medium.

The Arktos, their latest creation, is the culmination of years of intensive in-house development, allowed the company to really flex their capabilities for everyone watching in the community. Alchemy claims, after all, that the Arktos is the first domestically manufactured, production, full suspension, carbon fiber frame.

The story of the Arktos is really the story of Alchemy to this point. In order to understand more about the Arktos, we sat down with Alchemy founder, Ryan Cannizzaro, and brand product development designer/engineer, Matthew Maczuzak, at their impressive south Denver facility to understand how a brand that started in steel and titanium only eight years ago could evolve so quickly…

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In a world where almost all production carbon fiber is made overseas, Alchemy Bicycles has soldiered forth not only producing frames, but really leveraging their Denver, Colorado facility and many decades of in-house carbon manufacturing experience to push the envelope of what can be done in the medium. The Arktos, their latest creation, is the culmination of years of intensive […]

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