A reader tipped us to Freeman Transport, hand-built, steel S&S frames:
We are hand-building bikes here in Missoula, Montana. All steel with S and S couplings. The frames break in half and fit into a bag. They can be checked on airplanes with no extra charge. One simple tool to put them back together. Ride to and from the airport. We designed these bikes for leaving the mountains to get some culture and hang with our friends in the city. Right now we are only making fixed gears. No brakes, No cables, No mess. Bikes come with a bag for travel. We’ll also make some product.
Freeman Transport is working in a niche and using blogs and social media to market to it. Very nice.
The latest addition to my stable is a 2008 Bianchi S9 Matta. This is a butted titanium frame, a direct descendant of the legendary Ti-Megatube of the 1990s. Bianchi titanium bikes have won Paris-Roubaix, Milano-San Remo, and stages of the Grand Tours ridden by riders such as Riis, Berzin, Musseuw, Backstedt, and Cipollini.
I’m pleased with the ride.
In my cycling career, I’ve sported at least two of these looks … that would make a good Warhol-influenced print. For more Brent Humphreys photos, check his site, navigate the Flash to Projects > Le Tour.