State Bicycle Co VIDEO

The State Bicycle Co. – Undefeated is a 7005 Aluminum Track Bike with Full Carbon Fiber Fork and intergrated FSA Headset. This race ready machine feature SRAM Omnium Cranks standard. We’ve partnered with Ritchey Components on the cockpit and seat post.

See it for yourself here:

Rider: Bryan “B-Hard” Harding

Shot and Edited in Chicago by Dylan Opet

Music: Nosaj Thing – “Fog”


Sweet little promo film for the State Bicycle Co.’s Undefeated track bike. A rather tasty Ali/Carbon mix of a bike fixie beautifully shot

The State Bicycle Co. can be found here.


Getting out to MASH

I like this video discovered on the MASH SF website …. it’s an advert for their Tuesday rides ….

Looks chilly but what nice hills / roads /weather / light ……

Madison Street Bike by the Detroit Bicycle Company

JP special

It would seem a shame to take one of these black retro beauties out into the unforgiving pothole strewn streets of a Glasgow winter. It might be best to display the hand-crafted Madison Street bike indoors, perhaps in the living room, nicely leaning against the mantel. It certainly deserves a place next to other pieces of art.

Detroit Bicycle Company founder, Steven Bock, builds each bike to order from the finest parts. For those who appreciate high-quality bike parts, all frames are made with Columbus SL CRO-Mo tubing and Nova lugs. The Madison Street’s main attractions are the beautiful copper-plating of the Campagnolo and Cinelli parts, track rims with Vittoria Zaffiro tires and the inimitable Brooks leather saddle.

Each bike is customised, so prices vary, complete bikes priced at $3,200 and up, up …. UP

Rig143 – Glasgow ‘the bike man’

Popped into RIG143 today on what could be the start of an interesting film …. took some photographs as well (many more to come)

Brian holding a beautiful restored Flying Scot (painted at Bob Jackson) – the paint alone was £250 – open to sensible offers for a slice of history.

Rig Bike Shop
143 West Regent St.
G2 2SG
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat 10:30-18:00
Sun 12:00-17:00
07910 453 508

The red bull mini velodrome

Just realised I forgot to post this when it came up ….

On October 2nd 2011, Red Bull brought the world’s smallest velodrome to The Old Fruit Market in Glasgow to challenge fixed gear riders from across the country for the first time in Scotland.

Red Bull Mini Drome engages both body and mind as riders navigate around a unique and technically challenging course reaching speeds of up to 80 km/ph.

Rebull Mini Velodrome. Not sure about the drink and haven’t touched it since a night of 11 red bull and vodkas that gave me heart palpitations (in the first month of launch when i didn’t equate energy with caffeine) but I like the stuff they sponsor ….

Levis Commuter Jeans – the idiots don’t sell in the UK

Marketing disaster not selling in the UK …. maybe they will change their mind as would love to test them.

Form. Function. Cycling. Your two-wheeled commute just better. Check out The Commuter by Levi’s® now available at Levi’s® stores and

ROAD.CC take on the matter

Jeans giant Levi’s launched its Fall 2011 collection in New York City’s SoHo last week, not an event that would usually register too much here at were it not for the fact that the brand is launching a new Commuter Cycling Series, which appears to be squarely aimed at those who want to wear denim while on their bike, whether they’re heading off to work or an evening in the pub.

The key piece in the collection appears to be a pair of 511 jeans with specific features to make them more cycling friendly. Those include a utility waistband including D-lock storage, 3M reflective detailing and a higher cut so you’re not showing acres of flesh while out on your bike. The ones pictured here are cut off at mid-calf length, and it’s not clear at the moment if other lengths are available.

Levi’s PR people in the UK tell us that there are no plans at the moment to bring the range to the UK, so for now, unless you or someone you know is headed to the United States later on this year, they’re going to be difficult to get hold off. We’re looking to get further information on the range, however, and will give an update on that once we get it.

There’s no word as yet on price point, but a quick look at a variety of online retailers in the UK shows standard 511 jeans coming in at between £50 and £80, depending where you shop. That compares to £75 for jeans from Howies up to £150 for Rapha.

US-based clothing brand Outlier has jeans-style trousers from around £75-115, but you have to factor in the costs of shipping plus potential additional costs such as import duty.

What Levi’s launch of its range does demonstrate, however, is that with cycling in general, and commuting by bike, on the rise, cycling is moving into the mainstream and big brands are sitting up and taking notice. Where one leads, others inevitably follow, so while the Levi’s range is set to be US-only, at least to begin with, this signal the start of seeing wider availability of cycling-specific clothing on the high street.

Thinking back to Levi’s iconic 501 TV ad featuring Nick Kamen in the 1980s, perhaps the mysterious Mr Opodolous from Eastenders should ask Walford Council to install cycle parking outside the Albert Square launderette, just in case.

Klein denuded and pimped as retro street bike


tr.v. de·nud·edde·nud·ingde·nudes

1. To divest of covering; make bare.

In a time where everyone on the street is riding fixies and it is becoming more and more difficult to keep that cool street chic going. A whole industry is catering for those desperate to be individual, it reminds me of that great writing in Monty Python’s LIFE OF BRIAN (paraphrasing)

Brian: “Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t need to follow me…
You’ve got to think for yourselves! You’re allindividuals!”
Crowd: “Yes! We’re all individuals!”
Brian: “You’re all different!”
Crowd: “Yes! We’re all different!”
Man: “I’m not.”
Crowd: “Shhh!”

So take that with a pinch of salt and looking at my own stock decided to use my lovely Klein as a town bike. It’s been a singlespeed for a while with 2 seperate wheelsets a 32:16 for offroad and a 32:14 for road use.

What better bike could you have for the city? One that has fairly slick tyres for speed and has volume and robust components that allow you to smack kerb drops, self-damage yourself but not the bike in potholes.

It stands out – 2 people today commented on the bike….

What bike do you own that you could pimp up yourself? Let me know and send me a pic ….


Rossin Marathon fixie


Back in the ’80s, a Rossin was the bike of choice for many an aspiring roadie with dreams of being the next Francesco Moser or Andy Hampsten. The brand are now back in the UK thanks to importers Grupetto Italia. Part ’50s ‘bobber’, part hip urban fixie and part hardtail mountain bike, the Marathon’s mixed bag of design influences manages to make it more than a blast – it’s a revelation!

Built with Rossin’s special double-butted chromoly tubing, the traditional looking frame features clean TIG welds, chunky track dropouts and elegant seatstay and chainstay bridges. Despite its 1in head tube and retro frame styling harking back to classic ’80s steel mountain bikes, the ride characteristics and handling are thoroughly up to date.

Accelerating eagerly with every pedal stroke, the Marathon hits its stride in no time and it stays there due to its low rolling resistance and a not insubstantial amount of rotating mass. The wheels are shod with unfeasibly large Fat Franks by Schwalbe – some of the most amazing tyres we’ve ridden.

Hitting the woods and waterlogged singletrack, when let down to their soft 22psi minimum pressure, the large volume and all-enveloping contact patch mean you can go pretty much anywhere that a more aggressive 26in knobbly might take you. But when cranked up to their 60psi maximum, high speeds and diesel-soaked wet slabs of tarmac provide thrills rather than terror.

The Marathon’s efficient frame is both light and nimble handling, making it great for either dodging in and out of commuter traffic or picking your way along muddy single-track. The requisite three-to-one fixed/freewheel gear ratio of 81in – provided by a 48-tooth chainring and 16t sprocket – is long-legged enough to catch a draft behind a double-decker.

A tasteful selection of highly polished forged aluminium components adds to the sorted look, offering excellent ergonomics and comfort, although the classically shaped cantilever brakes require Popeye forearms to get the job done. With a cocktail of design influences and updated tech, this variation on the urban fixie will keep you entertained and still get you to work on time.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine.


Cant help imagining what an alfine with drop bars could do for the bike….

Fixies in their natural element

We are off to London so here is a London theme – those mad (wo)and men on their flying machines ….

Photos by Geoff Waugh – connect to the man here

Fixies in their natural habitat; London and in particular east London. These portraits were shot by Geoff Waugh around the streets of Shoreditch, flitting from coffee bar to cafe and stepping out to ambush the unsuspecting riders and commit their image to pixels. This is an ongoing photoproject. Stay tuned for more images very soon.

HERE are some that stand out for me

russian girl with fixie
`low, pro and yellow
1949 BSA - the oldest fixie in town?
Black, green and gold
red or shred

Colnago Super revisited (through another blog)

looking super

It is customary, if not compulsory, to run with a comprehensive description of that which is under review, varying only in intensity as to whether it’s a frame or a complete bicycle. in this case, the bicycle is complete, though bereft of the twiddly bits that afflict modernity. the frame style is directly influenced by the steel track bikes of yore, right down to the bars.

the steel frame bears none of the more usual columbus stickers informing which particular strain of steel is being employed, so the best colnago leave us with is that it is butted cr-mo. i’m just assuming it was built in italy; there’s nothing to say one way or t’other. colnago was once renowned for its lugged steel frames, and this is no exception, though only the lugs attached to the head-tube are chromed; those at the seat-tube/top tube junction and bottom bracket are thickly coated in the smooth cream paint that covers the bulk of the frame. this is contrasted by maroon portions on down and seat tube, flattered by retro colnago decals.

the precisa forks are as straight as a die, in common with all colnago bicycles since the mid-eighties, though only the crown is chromed. as far as west of scotland weather is concerned, the less chrome the better. this extends to the rear triangle where neither set of stays is chromed, and the road heritage is briefly denied by the rear-facing track ends. these latter edifices are drilled and fitted with axle stops. a nice touch. it’s notable that the only tube bearing bottle cage bolts is the down-tube.

colnago super

the retro look would have been greatly enhanced by a quill stem, particularly with the fitting of track drop bars which look the part but perhaps err on the wrong side of practical. headset is listed as colnago, but the one fitted here had fsa etched into the cups. the stem and bars are both shiny aluminium, but instead of standard brake levers, the super features a pair of minimalistic tektro flat bar levers. the brake calipers are unbranded, but polished aluminium alloy, though colnago list them as the same brand as the levers. bar tape is leather lookalike, matching the saddle.

measurements are just a tad on the tight side; while the frame size was my preferred 54cm traditional, the top tube was at least a centimetre shorter than that of my similarly sized c40. the saddle fits the mood just dinky-doo; the only improvement would have been to place a brooks swallow atop the aluminium seatpost, though this would likely have edged the price over that carefully engineered £1399.95. the seatpost, a nominally old skool, was slightly undersized on the test bike, taking a good bit of tightening and an aerosol of carbo-fix to stop it sliding down.

the hubs are merely listed as colnago, though if i were them i wouldn’t be quite so keen to take the blame. they are of the traditional cup and cone assembly and not particularly impressive for that. the rear is a flip/flop, allowing for a fixed sprocket on one side, and a similarly sized (in this case 18 tooth) freehweel on the other. with a confirmed aversion to fixed due to cultivated incompetence, i rode only the freewheel side. front and rear are affixed via track nuts; not a quick release in sight.

colnago super

the chain is a track friendly 1.125″ running over a 48 tooth sugino messenger chainwheel. crank length on this and the 56cm is 172.5mm. both front and rear wheels use stainless spokes laced to unbranded but apparently alex rims. tyres are vittoria zaffiro pro. bottom bracket is a matching sugino square taper.

a more brief description than usual, but then there’s a lot less to examine by way of componentry. if nothing else, it brings home just how many accoutrements there are on my more regular review bicycles, than on a stripped down single/fixed.

how does it ride?

the colnago super is purchased as a complete bicycle, and while i think i might have concern with one or two of the component choices, it still remains that the review has to concern itself with everything that came out of the box (well, actually it was a bike bag, but if you don’t tell, neither will i).

let me come clean straight away: although the super has a flip-flop rear hub, the fixed sprocket remained on the left side of the frame throughout the test. i have, on occasion, managed to pedal just such a machine, but it’s not a frequent occurrence, and i’d prefer not to make it so. this obviously leaves me wide open to accusations of wuss-ness, but i’m a big boy and i can take the flak. a 48 chainring married to an eighteen tooth freewheel gives, if my calculations are anywhere near correct, a 72 inch gear; and i found that a bit larger than i’d have liked. a twenty tooth freewheel or a 46 tooth ring would have suited my knees far better, while my chris hoy thighs were at the cleaners.

colnago super chainring

however, by questioning the efficacy of the gearing, i’m taking this bicycle totally out of context; the single-speed/fixed setup is an urban thing, not necessarily exclusively so, but that’s the heritage it’s saddled with (pardon the pun), and i’m pretty much sure that this is the market colnago are aiming for. a few years back, colnago uk had a fixed master frame on their stand, part of a batch colnago had uncovered in cambiago, and painted up in saronni colours they sold like hotcakes. colnago uk stated that they could have sold almost unlimited amounts had there been any more. however, basing a frame around that of a track bike has its disadvantages for me, manifesting itself in the shape of a rather short top tube. one centimetre to be presact, and while it doesn’t sound like much, i did find it a bit of a disadvantage over longer distances. conversely, nipping around the village in the midst of not a lot of traffic, it is nimble in the extreme without displaying any degree of skittishness. manoeuvrability is undoubtedly its finest hour.

but let’s be entirely fair; the super is espresso fodder, and debbie’s is 15km away, at the end of a long-open stretch of flat road. this gives the wind free reign to get in the way for every one of those kilometres, and trying to pedal at an acceptable rate, comparable to that achieved on my c40, was hard work and a bit uncomfortable. i don’t mind telling you i had a sore back on more than one occasion. but had those 15km been through bus, vehicle and taxi traffic, with sets of lights (of which we have none) and constant built-upness, i’d likely have an entirely different point of view. what i’m trying to say, in a very round about way, is that the colnago super is not necessarily the appropriate choice for a rural location, let alone an island on the edge of the north atlantic.

vittoria zaffiro pro

that, however, is not a criticism, but merely an observation. the bike, not the lightest colnago that has ever graced the bike-shed, even though it probably should have been, given the bits that weren’t there. referring back to my comments on the gearing, i did find it a bit of struggle up some of the short, sharp hills, and thus made no attempt to ride it up the hills i normally include in several weeks of test rides. not having a pair of lever hoods on which to pull, made climbing slightly harder than it likely could be; i’m not that great at ascending holding the centre of the bars, while the drops were so short it was difficult to grab enough for a marco pantani emulation. climbing was, however, the only activity undertaken that showcased a bit of movement about the bottom bracket area. just saying.

the brake levers are some of the most minimalistic i have ever witnessed on a quality bike, but they worked darned well. i thought my incompetence may have got me into trouble with the levers being in the centre of the bars, but this arrangement was surprisingly easy to get used to, and the calipers never ever gave the impression they might be having a day off.


i’m of the mind that we have all been sucked into the world of carbon, because it happens to suit the manufacturing aspirations of the big boys, and quite a lot of the smaller chaps too, just the same way as we had aluminium imposed on us from a great height in the latter part of last century and the early part of this. steel has properties that some have never experienced, and most of the rest of us have conveniently forgotten. riding the super down through the abattoirenberg forest gives rise to the nearest experience i have comparable to paris roubaix, and it augurs well for such a relatively heavy butted cro-mo frame that it was undeniably comfortable and resilient while being hammered across the remains of a country road. even the presence of a straight steel precisa fork up front, absorbed as much road buzz as colnago’s straight carbon fork. steel is indeed real.

when the bicycle arrived, the cone on the fixed side of the rear wheel was substantially loose, requiring a good seeing to with a pair of park tool cone spanners. it remained properly adjusted for the remainder of the review, but emitted an uncorrected noise throughout. it may well be that the bearings need a helpful slather of grease, anad it bothers me that i didn’t follow this up, but on a relatively new bicycle, this is not something that should have come to light at all. the wheels were a tad on the heavy side, and really didn’t look as if they belonged with such a finely lugged frame. i’ve heard it pointed out that it’s possible to purchase a steel fixie for considerably less than the cost of the colnago super; but it was conversely pointed out that no other would have ernesto’s signature on the top tube, and colnago emblazoned on the down-tube. your reaction to this depends on your appreciation of cambiago’s heritage, but colnago could bolster the latter statement by fitting a better pair of wheels.

tektro brake levers

i fear that the colnago branded track bars may be an acquired choice. they are certainly not up to the job of taking someone over long distances in one swell foop, since their narrowness and steep drop-off limits the number of comfortable hand positions. and similarly the drops themselves, which stop just as you’re getting used to the curve. that said, they do look the part, and i can’t imagine the super being fitted with anything else. like anything, with repeated use, it is possible to get used to them, but i found the lack of lever hoods on the bendy bit meant my hands bore more of the strain than i’m used to. however, flipping through traffic, i’d imagine they’d be the ideal steering companion.

the vittoria zaffiro pro tyres are an admirable choice; i have warmed greatly to vittoria’s tyres on several colnago models, and while the zaffiros are not something you would fit to your best race bike, in this context, they are entirely apposite. sitting down being an activity that accounts for around 90% of any ride, the degree of comfort afforded the posterior can sell or ruin. colnago have supplied a faux leather saddle with a string of rivets across the back. these fulfil cosmetic purposes only, but the saddle was very comfortable indeed, rivalling that of more expensive origin. the no-name, polished aluminium seatpost was sadly slightly undersized for the 27.2mm seat tube, something that had obviously concerned my predecessor in the review chain. unwrapping the saddle and post from its bubble wrap, the latter displayed vertical and squiggly scrape marks down most of its length.

first couple of outings just to make sure all the bolts were set properly, the post slipped down, despite tightening as hard as i could manage. the slot in the clamp should still be visible under normal adjustment, but in this case both sides were clamped hard together, and i added some carbo-fix spray to keep it in position. i did try replacing the seatpost with a better quality version of the same size, and that’s how i know the colnago one was undersized. tightly clamped and sprayed, it remained correct until stripped down for return.

fixed sprocket

i apologise if this sounds like i was less than impressed with the super; in terms of what the bicycle was designed for, riding it round islay was removing it from its comfort zone, and to be honest, riding it was removing me from mine. it was likely the latter that gave rise to the above. while the bike can be ridden particularly quickly when the occasion demands or allows, pushing into an atlantic headwind is very unlikely to have been foremost in the minds of cambiago’s design department when the super left the drawing board. a bit like riding fixed, it was a nice place to visit, but i wouldn’t want to live there.

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North American Handbuilt Bike Show 2011 reposted from Bicycle Forest Blog

FANTASTIC BLOG about the NAHBS 2011 show – blog post here on Bicycle Forest

Last week was a busy time at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). With so many people interested in BikeCAD, it was hard to find time to leave our booth and see many of the other bikes on display. With that disclaimer on the table, here’s a gallery of shots I did manage to take in my whirlwind tour of the show floor before the doors opened.

Besides organizing the show, Don Walker put together an impressive collection of his own bikes. Among them was this fillet brazed tandem.

Don Walker Tandem

Craig Calfee had a fun mix of carbon and bamboo. This carbon tandem with S and S Couplings is an example of Calfee’s high performance offerings.

Calfee Carbon Tandem

Meanwhile, I also got a kick out of this ridiculous hemp wrapped carbon tall bike.

Calfee Tall Bike

Note the huge carbon fibre kickstand below.

Calfee Tall Bike Calfee Tall Bike

Rob Jones from Canadian Cyclist was conducting an interview with Sam Whittingham as I walked by theNaked booth.

Rob Jones Interviews Sam Whittingham of Naked

Sam’s bike eventually won the People’s Choice Award. With all the innovative features shown below, it’s easy to see why this bike was so popular.

Naked Head Tube

Naked Fork

Naked Rear End

Kimori’s bikes are always really interesting too.


This Cinelli XCr is made from Columbus’ XCr biphasic seamless stainless steel tubes

Cinelli XCr

As always, Sycip was there with a nice mix of bikes.


It was interesting talking to Herbie Helm. He had a triathlon bike at the show as well. He said he had always planned to build high performance machines like that. However, people kept coming to him for his ornate lug work and so most of his bikes are more like this beauty here.

Herbie Helm's Show Bike

I missed talking to Mike Zanconato at the show, but I did manage to take this overexposed shot of his bike.


Speaking of overexposed… Dang! You can’t even see the Shamrock Cycles logo on this bike, but despite my bad photography, that’s clearly Tim O’Donnell’s handywork on the Shamrock Cycles Celtic Cross. I like how the rack and fenders are built as a unit and can be removed quickly before a race.

Shamrock Cycles

I thought the wallpaper in the Signal booth really made their bikes pop. Signal won the award for Best City Bike. I didn’t get a shot of that bike.


I got to see John and Cory from Caletti Cycles on Thursday afternoon. Cory had mentioned how they’d been out riding that morning. I pictured them out riding in Santa Cruz before catching their flight to Austin and thought, “Man they must be organized! How’d they have time to fit all that in?” It wasn’t until later that I learned they’d driven down to Austin and things made a little more sense. Still, I do admire John’s clean, fast looking bikes. I have no doubt that he must run an organized shop.



I didn’t get to talk to the people at the Mosaic booth, but they had a really nice display. I did get to talk about BikeCAD with Mark Kargol who painted the Mosaic track bike below.


Glenn Thompson from Daltex Handmade Bicycles has been using BikeCAD for a long time. I didn’t get to talk to him at the show, but I did share an elevator with him at the hotel.


I wish I got a better shot of the bikes at the Ellis booth. They had some nice ones. They won the award for Best Road Frame at this year’s show.


I always like to catch up with Tony Maietta, my booth neighbour from the 2008 show in Portland. This year, Tony had a number of neat bikes. On this one, he brazed rings onto the seattube to give it a bamboo like shape and then painted it in a very realistic way.


The Maietta logo on the downtube was inlaid with mother of pearl.


Vanilla always brings beautiful bikes to the show. This one is like the ones Sacha built for his daughters in previous years. But this one was made for the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.

Vanilla Tiny Bicycle

The Vanilla booth is always classy.

Vanilla Booth Vanilla Booth

What the Bicycle Forest booth lacks in class, we make up for with my beautiful wife Natalie.

Brent and Natalie manning the Bicycle Forest booth

This bike by Bilenky was of special interest because it was commissioned by Brett Horton for his collection of cycling memorabilia. It was also designed to fit Brett’s wife Shelly. This bike won the award for Best Lugged Frame.


A second bike for the collection was built by Chris Bishop. This one was also intended for Brett Horton to ride himself. Chris Bishop also won the award for Best Steel Frame with his track bike.


Dave Anderson won the President’s Choice award with his Reynolds 953 road bike. This cyclocross bike was pretty nice too.


The Hampsten booth was popular all weekend. Partly because of the sweet bikes, but also because of the presence of 1988 Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten.


Speaking of legends, the legendary Kent Eriksen was also at the show and won the award for Best Tandem Frame. This mountain bike with Lefty fork also caught my eye.


There weren’t a tonne of mountain bikes at the show, but the ones that were there were gorgeous like this FormTitanium Prevail 29er.

Form Cycles

I didn’t get to talk to Mike from A.N.T. but I did get to examine his booth pre-show. Later on, I chatted with his wife and kids when they came by our booth to check out the latest features of BikeCAD version 7.0.


Chris King had a big booth with lots to see. Bike Snob NYC joked that this bike had an integrated charcuterie tray. I have now included the specs for Chris King’s line of headsets in BikeCAD. I guess the next update will have to include front rack mounted cutting boards too.


Koh Annoura has such a keen following that a few of his customers brought their bikes to the show and helped exhibit them at the Samurai Cycle Works booth.

Annoura from Samurai Cycle Works

Koh and Susan Annoura handled the Japanese translation for the last update of BikeCAD. Version 7.0 has a few more terms which I took it upon myself to translate using Google translate. Koh was quick to identify a few mistakes. Apparently, directly translating saddle into Japanese results in the kind of saddle you’d use to ride a horse, not a bike. I’m looking forward to getting a few more corrections from the Annoura’s soon. If anyone else would like to add their two cents to any of BikeCAD’s various language files, they can do so here.

Jeff Gjertsen also stopped by to discuss a dimension that would be useful for his frame fixture. I’ve included the new dimension in BikeCAD version 7.03. Here’s a shot of me with Jeff and Koh.

Brent with Jeff Gjertsen and Koh Annoura

Co-Motion Cycles was just across the way from our booth. It’s tandems like this that have made Co-Motion famous.

Co-Motion Tandem

Eric Noren is one of the more charismatic builders at the show. His personality really shows through in his bikes. I like the Peacock Groove logo carved into his dropouts. And the LED dice are awesome. They seem to say, “Yes, this bike was built by a guy with a mullet. You got a problem with that?” Not at all Eric. Not at all…

I'm a peacock, you've gotta let me FLY!

Sylvan was back with their lugged wooden frames.


All Speedhound bikes have this neat dropout system. Different plates can be swapped in for running regular drivetrains, single speeds, or belt drives.


Here’s one decked out with a belt drive.

Speedhound Belt Drive

This one had a first generation Huret Allvit rear derailleur (1958-60).


Craig Ryan is a mild mannered art teacher by day. By night, and on weekends… Well, he’s still mild mannered, but he’s the man behind Foresta Frames.


This Demon frame had an interesting patina on the main tubes. If you’re going to ride like a demon, you might as well look the part.


Rosene won the award for Rookie of the Year. His bike really was stunning.


I got to speak briefly with Alessandro Pizzuti from Pitz! Alessandro traveled all the way from Italy for the show. I’m glad he came. His bike looked fantastico!


Austin’s own Violet Crown was showing this bike which is representative of their specialty: handbuilt bikes meant to be ridden for transportation, not just racing or recreation.

Violet Crown

David Mills built this frame in an old smoke house where hams used to cure. The shop is in North Carolina and it’s about the size of a Ford station wagon. Amazing!!

Mills Bros

I got to talk a bit with Michael Crum from Magnolia Cycles. Super nice guy. And as you can see, a fine builder too.


I didn’t get to meet Megan Dean of Moth Attack, but I admire that she’s doing what she is in Los Angeles; a city that will never be mistaken for Portland.

Moth Attack

Rich Phillips from St. Louis, Missouri started out making motorcycles and doing leatherwork for motorcycles. Obviously those skills translate well to the bicycle industry. The bike looked great and the hand tooled leather grips were particularly nice.

Rich Phillips

The Vanloozen Brothers Very Big Bike was one of the more unconventional bikes at the show. As it happens, I really like unconventional bikes.

Vanloozen Brothers

Chris Dornbach built this bike for a customer who wanted to recreate the color scheme of Steve McQueen’s race car in the 1971 movie: Le Mans. I’d say he nailed it.

Dornbox Steve McQueen

We ran out of time to print new T-Shirts for the show, so by the end of the weekend, I didn’t even have one to wear myself. But I was glad to see Ken from Georgia brought his from last year. Thanks for looking out for me Ken!

Brent and Ken

Already looking forward to next year’s show in Sacramento!

Geekhouse movie fixie love

Geekhouse Movie. Marty Walsh building a custom steel bicycle frame in his Boston, Ma frame shop.

List of contacts Geekhouse Bikes

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The Rockcity is our super-powered fixed gear frame.  The geometry is a mix of tight track clearances and traditional road-style comfort.  This frame is available in level, pursuit, and sloping top tube angles.  Custom sizing means this isn’t just any old sick fixie.  As each tube is cut specifically to your fit- a ride quality takes shape that simply can’t be found in stock sized frames.  Our Geekhouse exclusive drop outs feature a creatively integrated chain tension mechanism that is both subtle and reliable.  Coupled with the Yo Marty segmented fork- The Rockcity is ready to go on the track, on the road, and everywhere in between.

The Rockcity is made from entirely US produced double-butted steel and domestically machined parts.  Price includes a single color in-house powder coat.

Custom frames starting at $1199

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