New Splendid Forms

Thomas Porter makes freak bikes, but prefers to call them new, splendid forms. Does freestyle tricks on them too.


Made one that’s a lectern, so you can ride to your local cafe and give a lecture.

La Bicyclette Ecole

Viewer Discretion is Advised

Also see Porter’s NSFW collaboration with Andrew H. Shirley on F Bike #001.

Not our thing at all, but you can find more bike pr0n with the Google.

Bicycle Chain Busts

From artist Seo Young Deok, a series of busts made from bicycle chains.

Photos: Seo Young Deok

Upgrade Your Bike with EVO

Bottom brackets are like America’s waistline, they keep getting bigger and wider

@sgluckman showed up for Sunday’s Green River Killer ride with some new kit, an EVO BB with K-Force crank. I spotted the massive bearings and he said “…noticed the difference immediately. The bike is zoomier and responsive.” Like a set of fast wheels, EVO is a worthwhile upgrade to consider for your bike. Is it “yet another BB standard?” Sort of, I asked Mark and he replied

BB386EVO is like a BB30 crank with a wider spindle but same Q-factor. It’s a crank that fits BB30 (direct-fit or PressFit) frames with a spacer on each side, but it can also fit regular English-threaded BB with threaded external bearing BB cups. It’s one, light, stiff crank that’ll fit the majority of BB standards out there.

Standards in this industry amount to more than one manufacturer making something. When a mechanic asks if you measured your bars “center to center, inside to inside, or outside to outside,” you’ll know what I mean. EVO gets you a stiffer crank and fits your current bike. The next standard will come along after you’ve worn out the EVO chain rings and you can consider what to do then. For now, if you want a quicker bike, we recommend it. Ask your local bike shop about EVO and the cost. For more on EVO v. BB30, see this comment thread, where I ask Mark who are the assholes changing BB standards all the time?

Introducing the D-Plus

Pressfit BB30 welded to Feathertec tubing

In a jig at Davidson Handbuilt Bicycles is our latest project bike. Davidson’s frame shop is just north of Pike Place Market; that place where they throw fish and buskers play street music. The bike is called the D-Plus because of all the +1s the build has. We’ll get into the plusses later, after the Seattle Bike Expo, the first rides, and into the 12 Cross season.

head tube

Is that a gigantic head tube or is this bike just happy to see you?

For now, the most interesting details include

A bong-sized BB, massive John Holmes head tube, and over-sized, thin-walled Ti tubing means a bike so stiff, it’s gonna hurt. Also with the ride qualities expected from Ti and carbon weights too.

The bike is tacked together now and next week, Max Kullaway will weld it. His welds are the best I’ve ever seen.

dropout

An evolution of the Modal concept to Cross

Seattle’s best welder

The story of a Bike

We’re sharing the build on G+ with feature follow-ups here by Mark V, who developed and designed the concept with Bill D, a master builder.

Sycip Commuter

At the Cascade Bicycle Studio opening reception, a Sycip Commuter stole the show.

DJ’ing next to a wall of Focus, Seven, and Parlees

Sycip commuter in spray-tan bronze

See more high-rez photos on +Bike Hugger’s.

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