Handmade Bike Show
Bamboo bikes: James Wolf, the
head of Boo Bicycles, grows the frame
tubes for his bikes next to his production plant in Vietnam. Our fellow
editors at Road Bike Action recently tested one of Boo’s bamboo
road bikes and were quite impressed with how the bamboo offers
shock-absorbing characteristics to a “rigid” frame. The opposite of a Lefty: Custom builder Rob English built this one-sid-
ed bike as a custom model at the
behest of one of his customers. The bike
has no frame stays on the left side. The
right-sided fork is an English creation too.
Leaving convention behind: The W. H.
Bradford bike company utilized an unusual, retro-looking suspension-fork design
that caught the eye of many a bike lover.
Up close: Elevated chainstays, a Cane
Creek shock and highly distinctive rear
dropouts complete the look on the steel-framed Matter TwoStroke. If you want one,
be prepared to wait six to eight weeks for
delivery, maybe even longer if you’re not
one of the first on the list. For more information, go to www.mattercycles.com.
Black Sheep: James Bleakley of Black Sheep Bikes
has been making 36-inch bikes for at least a few years
now, along with a selection of fat bikes and plus-size models. The 36-inch wheel size, which was used primarily in the making of unicycles,
was also used by at least two other frame builders at the show.
Checking it out: This rider was trying out
the 36-inch-wheeled Dirty Sixer to see how
it felt. The company founder makes his
bikes to fit taller riders like himself, ones
who stand at least 6 feet, 6 inches tall.