Philly Bike Expo 2018: Chapman Cycles Bi-laminate Light Road Bike – Jarrod Bunk

2018 Philly Bike Expo: Chapman Cycles Bi-laminate Light Road Bike
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk

The marriage of working with metal and crafting bicycles has kept Brian Chapman on their quest to create the best integrated-bicycle that they can. I feel like Brian’s love for their craft really shines through with this light, bi-laminate road bike.  Clever details such as the Velogical rim dynamo and the integration of the Campagnolo downtube shifter to apply or remove it from the rim really stood out to me.  

With the construction of the frame, fork, rack, and stem all in-house Chapman can create a bicycle with details that carry over throughout the entire build, such as the quill-stem that flows into the headtube.  A build of mostly Campagnolo Athena with Grand Bois Chouette center pull brakes to clear the 32c tires and fenders ensures that this bike can roll in all weather. The culmination of materials, labor, and talent are apparent, and they really pop under natural light.

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  • As good as it gets. Chapman, is fast becoming one of my favourite builders. Besides great frames, what Chapman really excels at are the little details. The custom velogical mount, cable hanger, shift lever mounts, the custom velogical cable actuator, even the custom painted valve caps. The number of details is just mind blowing, and all perfectly executed. Seriously, as good as it gets.

    • Richard Lapierre

      Second that !

  • Bill T

    Another well done sharp looking bike. I think my favorite part however is the drive-train that actually looks like someone rides it.

  • Raymond Walker

    🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

  • DaymanDaryl

    The chromed bi-lam headtube is a rare feature I can only recall seeing once before on an Alex Singer. Brian’s workmanship and aesthetic are the best!

  • Nick Meulemans

    Beautiful bicycle.

    I’m sure I speak for some others when I say this, and it shouldn’t be taken as offensive; I certainly would have appreciated clearer photos of the cable-actuated dynamo. That point aside, fantastic photos of a fantastic bicycle.