Shots from the shop

Photoset by Ish'Mor Brazi

Loyal Velo Brooklyn/Bushwick Bike Shop customer and friend Cy snapped these photo's last week. Nice work man, dig the wide angle, thanks again. Got my bringheli alignment table today, and reorganized my work area. Slowly things are looking and feeling more complete and professional.

New Track Frame

Finished yesterday and sent out to paint last night. This geometry inspired by the several different track frames I have owned, taking the best characteristics of each. The design is tighter and more aggressive than traditional track geo's, but still quite comfortable for fast street riding. As much at home bombing through traffic as it will be tearing up Kissena.
Working with lugs does limit what one can do with the frame design somewhat, but i was able to carve the cast's into the angles i wanted, without too much trouble.
I have yet to build a Fillet brazed frame, although on each of my lugged frames, I did fillet braze the bridges, and this time around, the seat tube cluster. Getting much more comfortable doing this and am definitely ready to do an entire frame this way This braze integrated the two lugs i made for the seatstays. Once painted, the idea is that they will be seamless and appear to be part of the rest of the cast.

This time around i opted to try liquid paint, as my finish work is finally getting nice enough to warrant a display of detail as the wet paint will reveal. Getting it back early next week, so we shall see.

NAHBS: Photoset II

Here's some photo's taken from day 2 of the handmade show...

This was pretty interesting to me from a builders standpoint... Cysco cycles had these frames with spiral tubing that had been cold worked into this shape. Fuckin badasss, pure muscle

Heres some beautifully executed fillet brazes by David Kirk and Kirk Frameworks

The Geekhouse polo bike with s & s couplers for easy traveling. I took more shots of the geekhouse crew and their bikes and Prolly's new custom woodville touring bike, but this is the only one that came out decent... shucks. Geekhouse Rules!
The pure and elegant offroad designs of Engin Cycles. Builder Drew Guldalian is known for his craftsmanship and attention to detail, and for making more than just frames and forks. Stems, seatposts and other integrated fabrications are standard on Engin framesets.

NAHBS: review and Photoset I

I've been so busy with work and life in general since arriving home from Austin, i'm just now reviewing all the photo's and schwag i brought back with me. So, before another week passes by, here is my half assed review of The 2011 North American Handmade Bicycle Show!!!!

So, as i was saying... this past weekend was the annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Awesome chance for me to see old friends, make new ones, and garner bits and pieces of knowledge and connections to step up my game. The handmade bike industry and social scene is super unique. It is like very few other niche businesses; in that at a trade show of people stand side by side competing with each other while simultaneously sharing their most talented secret's on a better way to get the job done. In the past decade, this niche industry has gone from a handul of builders, to many hundreds of diffrerent names building every type of velocipede under the sun. This is all thanks in large part to the advances in communication and information sharing that the internet has provided, and the reemerging popularity of bikes for recreation and utility.

The show was in Austin, TX this year, a city i've always wanted to visit, so it was supermulti-faceted weekend, bikes and raging 24/7! Check out the photos, let me build your next custom bike! The partying in austin is first rate. From it's blossoming super hipster, ultra short denim shorts man, bicycle enthusiast gentrification explosion, to its down and dirty super short mini skirt wearin' southern belles of sixth street, it's a great place to be when it's 85 degrees there and 20 in brooklyn.
Upon arrival I immediately ran into my friend and former co-employee at the Spooky Cycles factory, Mickey Denocourt. Mickey Started the defunct brand back up a few years ago and has garnered much interest in the famed bikes and it's legacy. He was in need of a hand at the booth all weekend, being down a man, and since I used to make the bikes, i know the models and the ideals of the company pretty well, so I had a spot to post up and look professional.

Standouts of the show for me were the Geekhouse crews setup, Marty and the geekhouse crew are super nice, positive and approachable people, and their bikes are fuckin awesome. Naked Bicycles concept bike, and the countless new niche manufacturers who are now supplying more diverse and better tubing (stainless steel is an affordable option!), framebuilding fixtures, tools and brazing and welding materials. I could go on and on about all the cool shit i saw, Hit me up if you have any questions. check the pictures.
Billy Boscoe
The Beautiful detailed lugwork of one of the originators of the American handmade bike scene...
His booth was very prominently positioned and contained several excellent examples of his work at varying stages of the process.
"Goodbye horses, i'm cryin' over you"
Beautiful Headtube badge of the extremely detailed and visually appealing Winter Bicycles
Another Winter Frameset. Winter is based out of Portland oregon and are Individually tailored for each customer. Check them out here

As i go through and edit my photos i ill continue to post a new set with information and links for each builder following each photo, so... check back soon!