Category Archives: frame builders
As a frame builder or a potential customer of one, finding a good, reliable painter is one of the most difficult components in the custom bike equation. Not only do they have to be talented, they’ve got to be creative and be able to execute designs in a timely manner. Some clients have no idea what they want, but can give a few graphic precedents to a builder or painter and say “run with it.”
It takes a talented painter to make that a reality. In some cases, all it takes is a photo of a sports car, or a graphic designer like Adria Klora to hand over style sheets, yet either route you, the customer, or your builder takes, it all comes down to the capabilities of the painter.
One such painter that I’ve been really admiring over the past year is Jordan Low. A full-time painter at Seven in Watertown, Massachusetts, Jordan spends his free time painting for various frame builders like Stinnner, Geekhouse, Avery County, and Tomii.
Follow Jordan’s work at the Jordan Low Custom Paint Flickr!
The team over at Geekhouse have been working hard on a new website and all that diligence has paid off. Head on over to check out more photos by Heather McGrath, as well as bikes Marty has built around the globe!
Buying your first custom frame can be a daunting process, especially if you’re not 100% committed to a specific kind of bike, or intended function. I feel like this particular frame design, what I’m calling the cross tourer is a fairly common request for builders. It’s a cross bike with front rack braze-ons. While the front end’s trail isn’t ideal for a heavy load, the owner can put a light bag on the front and transform it to a S24 rig, or take the rack off and race cross on it just fine.
Jordan’s been drawn to the work of Taylor Sizemore for some time now, so when the time came to put a deposit down, he contacted Sizemore and put down a deposit. The end result is truly custom. Taylor takes the time to hand-paint various logos on each of his bikes, including his signature arrows on the head tube. As far as the geometry is concerned, the top tube is a bit longer than normal to eliminate toe overlap, resulting in a shorter stem, but same reach.
Fitted with Paul MiniMotos, White Industries cranks and hubs, this bike is as American as Smokey Bear… See more in the Gallery!
If there was an award each year for the best customized shop bikes, Blue Lug would win it. From Surly to Fairweather and now Rew10 Works, their shop bikes are so beautiful. Check out this blue Mondrian SSCX bike, complete with that disc front and canti rear setup… While we’re at it, check out these photos on the Blue Lug blog from what appears to be a Sim Works bike show / store opening of sorts.
If you’re in Santa Barbara this weekend, make sure you roll through the Stinner Frameworks grand opening party! See more details at Stinner Frameworks. I wish I could be there.
Firs off, have you seen the new Firefly Tumblr? All the photos are displayed at high resolution now, so when you see a shot like this, it’s like a TKO. Firefly, I’m seeing stars…
Confidence with the Wraith Fabrication Paycheck
Words by Andre Chelliah, photos by John Watson
This is a continuation of a series of reviews, beginning with the Initial Reaction to the Wraith Fabrication Paycheck…
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not the best off-road rider, but the Wraith Fabrication Paycheck had me feeling steezy. John says “Confidence is everything” when it comes to riding off-road, and I can now attest to that. Riding a bike you’re comfortable on, brings confidence. That makes it easy to go fast and take chances.
From those sick 29r frames, to dry bag backpacks, waxed hats, camping knives and even an ax with a sheath, the Horse Cycles collection is looking great. Congrats Thomas, you’ve got yourself quite the collection.
All of this is made in the Brooklyn, NY, USA.
Personally, I’ve never seen a framebuilder make a trailer for touring but I’m glad to have found this one made by Chapman Cycles on their Flickr. The details on this thing are great! See more at the Chapman Flickr. Oh and, this is Elton’s bike that he’ll be pulling it with.
Photos by Eric Baumann
With a bright paintjob by Jordan from JL Custom Paint, these Team Stampede cross bikes from Nao at Tomii Cycles are sure to turn heads at races and rides. At least until they’re covered in mud. See the full set at the Tomii Flickr.