2013 NAHBS: Bishop Bikes Reverse Bi-Lam Road

It should be no surprise that Chris Bishop won an award at NAHBS with this bike. For the third year in a row, this full time framebuilder and part time bike messenger brought an incredible fleet of absolutely stunning bikes with him from Baltimore. I was able to shoot three out of the four bikes, the first of which being the Drillium Revival track and now, this reverse bi-lam road.

Originally conceived by Ian Sutton of Icarus Frames, the reverse bi-lam head tube was a show stopper. When the client requested the detail from Chris, he called Ian, asking permission to make it, something he didn’t have to do, but Chris is a true Southern gentlemen. The end result is a tri-color jade, emerald and turquoise road bike with a modern Dura Ace group and a custom 1″ quill stem. The stainless rear triangle and Bishop-standard thin lugwork set this apart from the playing field at NAHBS.

Michael from Brooks England is beyond stoked on his new ride and as a fellow Bishop owner, I can say for sure that this bike is a life-long companion. Yes, I am very partial to Chris’ work, so I took a little more time documenting this machine. Go on and let it marinate in the Gallery.

  • wow that craftsmanship right there.  Beautiful bicycle

  • Magnificent!  

  • Evan Balbier

    Well deserved, perfect mix of traditional and modern

  • Rideable modern art. It’s almost hard to believe what I’m looking at..

  • great photos John! this bike is stunning…

  • Dude, did you scratch the wall?
    Seriously, that bike is unbelievable!  Awesome to see a classic level top-tube (and the stem, bar shoulders and hoods level with it!), 1″ quill (so cool to see people still building with them), Brooks saddle, and Di2.  This bike is an instant timeless classic, despite how cliched that sounds.  Modern = contemporary and time-tested.  Which for a guy from Brooks must be perfect.  Chris Bishop’s thinned lugs and over-all constellation of details are top-tier.
    One question:  in the close-up of the rear brake it looks like there’s a crack in the rim – what is that?

    • Di2? I see regular cables on it..

    • Wade- that is the seam of the rim.

      • lol I love you tommy

        • Double Doh!Of course it’s not a crack …
          Sorry for clogging up the thread with the ravings of a blind idiot noob.
          Must have been the bourbon …

          BTW, this year’s targeted coverage of the show is really good.  Hope you’ll be posting more great photos of beautiful and special bikes.  Enjoy the IF – looks like a shit-ton of fun.

  • Richard Smith

    Quality of craftsmanship looks second to none, although personally I’d have gone with an oversized down tube, a 1 1/8″ steerer with ahead Thomson polished silver stem and matching seatpost.
    I realise details like this are all personal preference, but this bike seems to be contradicting itself pretty badly.
    If you want a bike that feels modern and rides nicely, then why the skinny tube profiles and quill stem?
    If you want a bike that feels old-skool and nostalgia-oriented, then why the 11-speed groupset and carbon wheels?
    Wonderful photos as always Prolly!

    • Yeah, that’s the beauty of custom! You can get what you want…

  • Davey Struthers

    sooooo beautiful  !!   , the phat to thin ratio looks awesome

  • Steve Matherly

    i love this 

  • ElCapitaineDuderino

    Originally conceived…

    in ’83 by Tom Ritchey


    • That’s not a reverse bi-lam. That’s a normal bi-lam. Look more closely at what the Bishop is doing (top tube lugged to head tube, head tube lugged to down tube). Now find me an example of that.

      Also, Ritchey was about 40 years late to bi-lam. The French did that first….

      • aaah, wait… so bishop took the idea of bilaminate lugs and just chose to go the other way around direction-wise, and this is how he ‘conceived’ this?not to mention, that even this ‘extra-original’ reversed bi-lam was eaten for breakfast by Harry Rensch, and was also visible on Fleur de Lis frames back in the old days….

        • Well, Ian from Icarus did this three years ago and Bishop’s client requested the same detail.