Editors note: This is the first post by one of two new Go Means Go contributors. They are Northwest kids living in Europe and embarking on a bike trip. You’ll be able to find their ramblings here on GMG. Part diary, part travelogue, with writings from the road- we’re happy to have Ben and Chase onboard. Ride on, you crazy diamonds.
A bicycle can get you where you want to go, but like many 20-somethings, we don’t always know where we’re going. It is times like those when it is sometimes good to let your bike take the lead. We, along with hordes of others, let our bikes guide the way and this time all roads led to Berlin for the Berliner Fahrradschau (Berlin Bicycle Show).
We consciously chose to do no prior research or investigation of the show and its vendors so that Berlin itself could show us what its bike culture, fashion, and ambition is. With no expectations, we rolled up to the venue, and it did not disappoint.
I came across Ruthworks via Facebook and reached out to Ely in San Francisco where he works at his home shop, enjoying the opportunity to spend time with his family. Ely is the owner, sewer, leather worker, cutter, designer and fabricator at Ruthworks, with quite a few beautiful items available for randonneurs, tourers, commuters and every day folks.
We did a little interview and it went something like this:
The latest creation from Sizemore is roughly as much design as it is bicycle. With some stellar details and unique functional touches. The bike is intended for every day city transport and built around 26″ wheels suited to its smaller rider. Check out further details and photos on the Sizemore Bicycle Website.
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?