Archive for March, 2012

Were here to help!

We wanna get you on the right bike!

We wanna get you on the right bike!

Not too long ago a very tall young man walked into the shop looking for a bike. At an pretty extraordinary 6’10”, he was having trouble finding a frame that would fit him. We hooked him up with our very talented friend at Halekai Machine who churned out this beautiful custom track bike. Those are 700c wheels on that! So … what can we do for you?

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 Custom Builds, Rosebud was a bike! Comments Off

NAHBS 2012 – Sacramento

NAHBS Sacramento

NAHBS Sacramento

For those of you who are into bikes and live under a rock, (or I guess you could just ride and not care much about hand built bikes) the North American Handbuilt Bike Show was this past weekend in our state’s lovely capital of Sacramento. Click on the banner, or here to see the rest of our pics! What a treat to have some of the worlds greatest frame builders all gather and show off their greatest contributions to bicycle design. Tom Ritchey was there, as were Joe Breeze, Steve Potts, Rick Hunter, Ira Ryan, Dave Bohm, Richard Sachs, Soulcraft, Iglis (and Retrotec), Dave Wages of Ellis Cycles, Chris Bishop, Naked Cycles and a whole host of others. Some of the things Mr Chain found most interesting include some of the tooling rarely seen by those not building the frames. Anvil Bike Works was on prominent display, as was Sputnik and a whole host of lug and tube manufacturers. I was a little surprised to only see two fit bikes at the show – we were expecting a few more variations.

Everyone had impressive showings, with our buddy Chris Bishop running away with 3 awards! Big congratulations to him! Other winners include Steve Potts, Ellis Cycles, Shamrock Bicycles and Muse Cycles to name a few. Cherubim also showed off this very unsual piece of bling (even tho its … you know, the North American handbuilt show… were not here here to hate, just appreciate.) It was also nice to be exposed to some up and coming builders including shop friend Megan at Moth Attack and Raphi at Raphael Cycles (SF represent!) Some of my favorite bikes on display were the cargo bikes built by Josh Muir at Francis Cycles. We would have liked to see all of the heavy load and cargo bikes, including this Alcohauler all displayed together. Also being a sucker for front racks, there were quite a few variations, including this one by YiPsan and several hidden Pass and Stow racks.

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 around town, Bike Shows, Custom Builds, Rosebud was a bike!, SF gatherings Comments Off
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