Monday, March 31, 2008

Sir Maldoror

If you follow my blog, or talked to me at or after the 2007 North American Handmade Bicycle Show you know I'm a big fan of Sir Maldoror/Carlos Martell.

At the 2007 show Trevor (owns these two bikes I built for him - Big Pink and Super Skinny) met Carlos and commissioned a new bike from him. I told Trevor to keep me in the loop and send me some photos of the completed bike. I enjoyed working with Trevor as we came up with some really great ideas for his frames and I assumed that Carlos and Trevor would come up with some equally interesting results .

Carlos has a very unique and refreshing style that I have yet to see anywhere else (in bicycles at least). There is obviously some Brian Baylis influence in his work and I like how he has taken that and added some style elements not often found in the bicycle world. I really dig the pin striping, the hand lettering in the panels, and the color selection (way over the top, but in a good way).

Obviously this style won't appeal to everyone, but at the least I think you'll find the photos enjoyable:

Carlos doesn't have much of a web presence and prefers to work locally, but you can see some more work from him here:

Try if you want to get in touch with him.

Hopefully we'll see more of his work soon.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Custom treadless stem

Just back from the chrome plater: A custom threadless stem with integrated top cap.

Pretty cute huh?

In other news everyone at the shop has been pretty busy and things are looking a bit cluttered:

Time for a much needed spring cleaning and some organization (I'm pretty sure spring is HAS to be the last of the snow in our 100 inch + season)...especially since Ahren ( is tooling up for powdercoating in house which means we need to stuff a curing oven, sandblast cabinet, and large air compressor in here somewhere.

Speaking of Ahren check out this tandem he's working on (sorry for the lackluster photos).

Zack ( just found this cute mini-lathe and drill press in Janesville:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

M-B-M: H8TR100

It's going to be fun, I'm racing and so should you.