Last month I found myself in Ashland Oregon with the opportunity to rent a bike and wonder around the quaint southern Oregon town. I knew United Bicycle Institute was nearby and on a lark I stumbled onto the end of UBI’s first annual frame building show. Incredible work was on display from the likes of Ira Ryan, Map Bicycles, DeSalvo, Baylis, Goodtimes and more. The builders on exhibit pitched in and built a frame over the course of the day that was raffled off at the end of the show. I had a blast at the show, and I only regret not having my camera. The following day, JB of Goodtimes Bicycles was kind enough to give me a tour of his shop. The intricate custom dropouts pictured here are indicative of the details incorporated into his work. Take a virtual shop tour, after the jump. We look forward to catching up with JB and checking out even more beautiful custom frames built in Oregon at next weekends Oregon Manifest.
See how I’d do this is show up in a full-on Hincapie-designed, Hugga Skinsuit, aero helmet, and lay out across the bars like Lance on his black dragon. I’d also totally cheat in the Le Mans start by having hugga sandbaggers slow everyone else down …
Next year, it’s on!
Yep, we’re working now on bringing these throwdown goldsprint competitions sponsored by Puma with us to SXSW in March.
The I-Cycle Space @ Vice Gallery was the battle
grounds for the first I-Cycle Throwdown that brought together a mix of
industry leaders, brands and bike messengers in a head-to-head stationary bike race.
Cyclocross Magazine did a write up on something I’ve seen more and more of: Hollowing out the assembly on a SRAM shifter to make it a brake lever only. In my opinion the SRAM brake lever has the best feel on the market, and as the owner of a single speed bike I want SRAM levers. It seems I can have this luxury, if I’m willing to cannibalize a $300+ shift/brake lever set. Ok SRAM - I’m begging. Make a single speed brake lever! Cane Creek and Tektro levers are fine - but I want my SRAM! Thanks, love Andrew.