Check out this great video I came across on Hampsten Cycles Facebook Page. Absolutely love the bikes coming from local builder Hampsten Cycles. Support your local frame builders! More information on Hampsten Cycles on their webpage HERE.
Tristan Stoch sent this over- it’s a video he directed about Geoffrey Franklin and his Portland based studio, Walnut.
Mike DeSalvo builds some great frames in Ashland, OR. I’ve been lucky enough to own one and can say from experience it rides and handles like a dream as well as being beautifully built. Check out DeSalvo Custom Cycles for more information on his bikes.
This Thursday is the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Stop by Il Corvo Pasta at at 217 James St. (Between 2nd & 3rd Aves.) where a handful of bicycle craftsmen will showcase their work in making handbuilt bicycles. There will be champagne (for sale at a “reasonable rate.”) It looks as though Hampsten and 333fab will be in the house.
I don’t have many more details, but I suggest you check it out. 5-9pm this Thursday.
Titanium light weight fat bike by Vertigo Cycles out of Portland, Or. I wonder what the complete build weight is on this bike? I love the Fat Chance jersey in the photo as well.
Hey Ryan, how many fat bikes are you allowed to have up there in Alaska? Have a Ti one yet?
Last month, I had the opportunity to stop by the 2013 Pedaler’s Fair, hosted this year in Seattle’s Underground Events Space in Belltown.
The first of the cyclist-targeted clothing lines I was drawn to was Telaio Clothing. The line of designer and maker Katherine Andrews, Telaio’s line of handbuilt wool clothing is comes in colors that seem fitting for the northwest – charcoal greys and khakis, in classic pieces for men and women. The wool blazers and riding pants have a unisex, uniform feel to them – the simple colors and cuts could easily be incorporated into any wardrobe and look nondescript on and off a bike. As Katherine, the designer/tailor behind Telaio expressed, Telaio clothes are intended to easily become a uniform, sewn with the care and intention required for a long-wearing investment piece.
I really appreciated clothing designer Babecycle‘s approach to bike wear for its femininity. Designer Sonia McBride’s recent line included a really beautiful skirt that caught my eye, offered in both a dayglo shade of chartreuse, and a bright orchid / fuchsia color. The feminine, A-line cut and textured fabric are intended to look beautiful both on and off the bike, allowing for movement while cycling, but stylish enough to wear to the office or around town. Personally, the chartreuse color is a bit bright for my personal taste, but I’m really drawn to the idea of incorporating a dayglo piece of clothing into my wardrobe that could serve as a more stylish version of a florescent vest. Pieces from Babecycle’s line are available for purchase in Fremont at Hub and Bespoke, or online in their Etsy shop.
Of all the exhibitors at the fair, I was most intrigued by the beautiful fleet of cycles that the guys of Seattle-based Bombus Bikes were showcasing. All custom built, each of the 4 frames displayed were incredibly unique – not just in the more aesthetic decisions of paint colors and accessories – but in frame type and use. It was easy to tell how much thought went into crafting each frame with a specific purpose and type of rider in mind, and then in the selection of accessories that make the final builds look so intentionally beautiful.
Spotted over at 75grad, this beautiful singlespeed cyclocross bike built by Orlowski is a piece of art and more proof cyclocross bikes just might be the best bikes in the world (even in Germany and Poland). Unfortunately for me (and probably you) the article is in German. Check out the photos of the frame building process and the finished frame HERE. Maybe we can get FLX to translate the article for us…
Some bikes are nicer to look at than others, some are nicer to ride than others. This gorgeous Pelizzoli would be one of the former for me. I am loving the look, bike featured HERE on Pedalroom.com, but that saddle to bar drop would kill me.
Four Portland frame builders recently joined forces to move their passions from their basements to a professional shop. Check out Bantam Cycle Works, Cooper Cycles, Cycles J. Bryant & Telos Cycles. The new venture was recently written up in BikePortland.org. Read the full article HERE. I had a chance to work on a Cycles J Bryant last August (check it out) and I was really impressed with its quality and design. Consider supporting an up & coming builder, maybe you’ll end up with a frame from the next great.
I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw something similar popping up in Seattle or elsewhere soon.