Yesterday, we shared a profile of Rob Roberson that traces his storied bicycle fabrication career from the 1970s to present day. Today, we’re taking a look at seven bikes Rob built during that impressive 50-year window, from early track bikes to road frames and his most recent personal all-road build. There’s a lot of intricate eye candy here, so let’s get to it!
It’s a Lifestyle, Not a Career: The Legend of Rob Roberson
Rob Roberson is an enigma in the handmade bicycle world. Some would consider him “the greatest known unknown bike fabricator” of the American frame building movement. His career, which spans nearly 50 years, puts him among a very small pedigree of builders that have both mass-production experience and have also built custom bikes under their own name without giving up the ghost. Yet, with such a significant trajectory, Rob has remained largely unknown. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring bikes made by Rob and the stories about them. Today, however, Zach Small and Josh Weinberg are honored to introduce you to Rob Roberson.
Banana Rando: Zach Small’s Vintage Platano Cycle Works
Platano Cycle Works of San Diego, CA was a highly regarded custom bicycle company that, over the years, has been steeped in lore and virtually unknown to those outside of the city’s rich hand-built bicycle scene of the 1970s and early 80s. When Josh was in Nashville earlier this year picking up the Bug Out frame he purchased from Amigo Frameworks and visiting builder Zach Small’s shop space (more on that coming soon), he couldn’t resist documenting Zach’s original Platano. Zach, who hails from San Diego, has collected, bought, and sold many vintage bikes over the years, but he insists he will never let go of the Platano.
Grab a banana snack and continue reading for Zach’s history of Platano Cycle Works and what makes his bike so remarkable…
Rec Fail Visits Brooklyn Bikes
Matt Lingo recently took his Fuji Obey track bike in to get some wrench love at Brooklyn Bicycles in San Diego (yes confusing) and he took some photos of Richie Ditta’s 3Rensho pista. I’m just guessing that the top photo is the wheel laced up to this 3Rensho, based on the fork end lug. Pretty snazzy. Check out the rest at Rec Fail.
Rec Fail: Rudy Melo and Planes
Photo by Matt Lingo
Matt caught a little bit of flack over here when he posted up his photo of Josh Hayes in San Diego and admitted to photoshopping in planes and pedestrians. He touches on that a bit at Rec Fail, in his latest post featuring Rudy Melo. Check the rest of the photos out here.