This week I share my interview with Bina Bilenky of the Philly Bike Expo. This is the show’s tenth year and Bina does a great job organizing it. We talk about the show’s history, how it has changed over the years, about the value of networking, the afterparties, and the seminars.
The podcast for framebuilders
The Shut Up & Build Bikes Podcast is a bicycle framebuilding talk show. It’s about the perspectives, passion, craft, and business of bicycle framebuilding. Every week I call someone in the framebuilding community and we talk framebuilding.
I should’ve been doing this years ago! It’s a great way to make connections and gather perspectives, and the best part is that I get to share it with everyone who cares to listen.
I release a new episode every Monday morning. Listen to it in your shop, on the commute, at work, whatever. Write to me with your suggestions, feedback, and who you want me to interview next! email@example.com
Available on Apple Podcasts and coming soon to other platforms! As always, you can listen on this page or download and save for later.
Brian Chapman of Chapman Cycles builds classic bicycles with artistry and mastery. I ask Brian about his history with framebuiding, what it’s like to work with others vs working alone, and about his advice for new builders.
Brian is known for building with classic techniques and aesthetic, and he makes super terrific bicycles.
This week we talk to Erik Noren of Peacock Groove. Erik has been building bikes for decades and has made some remarkable bikes. He has won awards at NAHBS and been recognized outside of the custom bike world, too. He is humble but he’s not afraid to speak his mind. Erik is sweet and generous, and brings a refreshing take to the framebuilding world. He’s made it well into 2019 without a proper website, all while maintaining a business in the heart of MPLS with real overhead, and for decades. If anyone could make it happen through hard work and perseverance, it’s Erik.
Check him out on Instagram, and for fuck’s sake, grease your goddamned seatpost!
This week we talk to Carl Strong, and we mostly talk about the business of bicycle framebuilding. Carl is open and opinionated about the business of custom framebuilding. It was super helpful to me to read other interviews with him, and so as a guest on the show I wanted to focus on the business side of things. We discuss what a successful model can look like, what the biggest challenges are to getting there, and we also talk about his newer business venture - Pursuit Cycles.
This week we talk to Wade Beauchamp from Vulture Cycles about how he learned to make bikes, the continuing education he received over the years, the time he spent working full time as a framebuilder, and the time he spent doing other work.
We talk about how doing bicycle framebuilding full time changes the nature of the work, and sometimes you can get jaded about the bike handmade industry.
We also discuss fillet brazing and tig welding techniques, the craziest bikes Wade ever built, and some of the mistakes he made in business.
In the fifth episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview Jeremy Shlachter of Gallus Cycles. Jeremy is known for building steel bikes in a classic style. Most of his bikes have a 1” threaded fork that he builds with the frame, lots of hand work, and often custom racks and stems. He does this well and has been making bikes like these for at least a decade.
We talk about framebuilding, managing to stay organized as a builder, cnc machining, and advice he has for newer builders.
In the fourth episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview one of my favorite painters, Rudi Jung of Black Magic Paint. Rudi has built about 30 custom bikes under the brand Gold Coast, but you’d know him a lot better by his work painting bikes at Black Magic Paint — a business that he started about 4 years ago with his business partner, Ben. He doesn’t build bikes anymore, but I think that experience makes him a great guest on our show.
We talk about framebuilding, paint work, the DIY “can do” attitude that it takes to get things done, and we talk about his motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of the use of his right arm and what that has meant for his business and his life.
In the third episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview another one of my favorite framebuilders, Julie Ann Pedalino of Pedalino Bicycles. Julie makes beautiful bicycles and is innovating some of the ways in which custom bikes get made — utilizing CNC machines for what usually has only been done by hand. She is continually exploring new techniques and trying new things in a way I can definitely relate to.
We talk about CNC machining lug sleeves, painting bikes, getting into titanium frames and anodizing them, the ways that a handmade process can better address the fit needs of some cyclists, and about some of her experiences as a woman in a largely male-occupied industry.
Next week we interview Rudi from Black Magic Paint.
In the second episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview another one of my favorite framebuilders, Sean “Burnsey” Burns of Oddity Cycles. Burnsey makes Steel and Titanium custom bicycles, mostly mountain bikes, and uniquely with a lot of bent tubing to create very distinct and beautiful bikes.
In this episode, we talk about differentiating yourself in the custom bike world, how sometimes we get lost in the weeds and need to get back to basics, about how he learned to build bicycles, and Sean passes along some advice for folks looking to get into framebuliding.
In the inaugural episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview one of my favorite framebuilders, Kris Henry of 44 Bikes. As Kris puts it, he specializes in “anything that has knobs that touches dirt.” With 44 Bikes, he offers made-to-measure TIG welded steel and titanium frames. He is especially known for his hardtail mountain bikes.
In this episode, we talk about the most satisfying parts of bicycle framebuilding, how he got interested in framebuilding in the first place, what role he really plays in the process with a customer, and more. This episode should pack a lot of value for new or experiences framebuilders, or anyone interested in the process!