An interview show with bike framebuilders and handmade bicycle industry folks
Ep. 46 Sam Whittingham of Naked Bicycles
Sam Whittingham has been building Naked Bicycles for over 20 years in Western Canada. We talk mainly about the career phases of a framebuilder and the huge lessons he learned about where his business fits in the landscape of the bike industry. I think this discussion is one of the best I’ve ever had on this show. We also had a super valuable discussion about forward geometry mountain bikes.
Check out his website and follow him on Instagram
Ep. 45 Paul Brodie
Paul Brodie built frames for Rocky Mountain Bikes before starting Brodie Bikes. He built Brodie bikes for over a decade before selling the brand and moving into custom motorcycles. After making some truly incredible vintage motorcycle replicas he began to teach bicycle framebuilding in 2010 and has continued until recently. These days he is making some excellent youtube videos on bike framebuilding. We also discussed his book.Check out Paul’s website and follow him on Instagram
Ep. 44 Brad Hodges of W.H. Bradford Designs
Brad has a long and interesting history in the handmade bike world and we discuss his story. From the days when he made Nemesis Cycles until more recently as he has transitioned the work to the W.H. Bradford brand, we talk about what inspired him and what the challenges were.
Follow Brad on Instagram and on his website.
Ep. 43 Georgena Terry
Georgena Terry started building custom bicycles in her basement in the 80s and in the following decades built one of the most impactful businesses in cycling. Her bikes addressed fit issues of shorter riders and eventually her company was re-named to Terry Precision Bicycles for Women - specifically addressing needs of women riders. Terry also famously has produced saddles with a cut out and lots of other cycling apparel. More recently Georgena has left Terry Precision to get back to the custom bike world, though she now focuses on design and customer relationships and has the bicycles manufactured at Waterford Precision Cycles.
Check out her website and follow her on Instagram.
Ep. 42 Paul Burford of BTR Fabrications
This week’s guest is Paul Burford/Burf of BTR Fabrications in Froome, UK. We talk about the history of his company and how he got started. We discussed what the framebuilding community is like in the UK and his time teaching at The Bicycle Academy. We also talked about the partnership business model vs working alone, the importance/frustration of good and bad supply lines, his trail tools and how his mountain bikes are really meant to be tools, and finally we talked about making Youtube content.
Check out the BTR website and follow him on Instagram.
Ep. 41 Andrew Cooper of Bike Fab Supply
I interview Andrew Cooper of Bike Fab Supply in Phoenix, Arizona about his framebuilding supply business. BFS is always growing and adding new product offerings with an emphasis on customer service. It’s interesting to get Andrew’s perspective on how to build a business like his and what cool product offerings he has coming next.
Check out Bike Fab Supply and follow Andrew on Instagram.