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09

Jul
2014

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By Gavin Bannerman

Traders

On 09, Jul 2014 | No Comments | In Uncategorized | By Gavin Bannerman

Each year, we’re excited to give businesses and organisations the opportunity to connect with a new audience. The list of trade stall holders gives a bit of something for everyone. From customised chainrings, to the most durable bags on earth, to organisations that spread the good word on cycling.

Bespoke Chainrings

Bicycle Queensland

Bicycle Revolution

Boogaloo Bamboo Bikes

Brisbane Bicycle Touring Association

Brisbane Outdoor Gear

Brisbane Vintage Bicycles

Craftworx

Electric Bikes Brisbane

F Fast Cycling Club

Gellie Custom

Gear Brisbane

Hicks Sign Co

IC Sports: Rider Bifocal Glasses

Joe Cosgrove Cycle Design

Koiled

Kumo Cycles

Llewellyn Custom Bicycles

Queensland Penny Farthing and Historical Cycle Club

Rio Tinto Ride To Conquer Cancer

Roberto Custom Powder

I’m particularly excited about the four frame builders we have at this year’s event. Darrell McCulloch from Llewellyn  is a long-time collaborator: we’re tight, he’s at the top of his game. Keith from Kumo just keeps making the drive up from Canberra to show his amazing builds. Word on the street is he has two brand spanking new bikes to show off. Joe Cosgrove from Frezoni/Cycle Design has won a NAHBS award and is a legend of Brisbane cycling. And this year we welcome Ewen Gellie from Melbourne. He’ll be presenting a few of his choicest bikes, demonstrating his experience in mountain biking and engineering industry. Make sure you check out their work. Four of Australia’s finest frame builders in one place.

Have a listen to three of these four frame builders (which reminds me I should interview Keith.)

Darrell McCulloch – Framebuilder from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

Joe Cosgrove – Framepainter from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

Ewen Gellie from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

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10

Jan
2013

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In Lovely Bikes

By Gavin Bannerman

Second generation

On 10, Jan 2013 | No Comments | In Lovely Bikes | By Gavin Bannerman

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Peter Bundy followed the example of his father, Jim – by first racing bikes and then making them. Jim Bundy, now 85, was a very handy cyclist who made frames on behalf of larger companies. Peter convinced his father to go it alone and ever since customers have been able to get their hands on Jim Bundy/Peter Bundy frames.

Peter’s workshop set-up harks back to another era. The front of his shop looks like most bike shops, bikes waiting to be serviced, a few parts. Then out the back he works on the framebuilding – filing, mitering, brazing and the rest. I visited Peter for a few hours and in that short time I heard him explain three times to customers how his bike shop is a little different to others. “Yeah,” he explained to a passer-by, “we’re a bike shop and do all the normal stuff, then I do my framebuilding out the back.” I’m fairly sure a lot of people don’t quite understand how involved making frames out the back is.

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While I was taking photos of the space, a man walked in with an old Bundy pursuit bike. He’d bought it from Universe Cycles in Parramatta. He didn’t have any need for it any longer, so he offered to sell it back to Peter. A bike meets its maker.

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Peter is the definition of a top bloke. He’s enthusiastic about everything he does. Most people I’ve interviewed have been very conscious of wearing their logo-ed t-shirt, but Peter was happiest wearing what he works in: a Jackie Howe.  I sat down with Peter for a few minutes to talk about this family trade, his impressions on attending the Australian Custom Bicycle Show and why he only makes lugged frames.

Peter Bundy from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

You can also see the whole set of images on Flickr here.

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29

Nov
2012

In Lovely Bikes

By Gavin Bannerman

Handcrafted in Geelong

On 29, Nov 2012 | In Lovely Bikes | By Gavin Bannerman

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I’ve been interviewing framebuilders for a couple of years now. During that time people have often asked, “have you interviewed Darren Baum?” It’s an obvious question, the Baum custom framebuilding operation is the biggest in Australia. His bikes are regularly featured in publications and this year he attended the NAHBS in Sacremento.

Darren has been building frames for over twenty years. He now operates out of a workshop just outside of Geelong. I headed out on a train to visit him and cross another framebuilder of my list.

The immediate impression you get is that this place is all about the bikes. Outside is fairly non-descript, hardly anything visible to alert you to what lies inside. I’ve been to a few framebuilding operations now, and what struck me about Darren’s space is how collaborative it is. This is not a one-man-band show, this is a team effort. Yes, the space reflects Darren’s personality, but it’s a sum of its parts.

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There’s little things about the workflows of this workshop that I just loved. The team has developed a method for organising customers’ orders. The tubing and necessary parts go into a box on a wall, in a particular order. Then, on the outside of the box, there are the details and the customer’s photograph. Being a highly visual person, it allows Darren to quickly put a face to a bike.

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It’s a small thing, but it’s all these small things that come together to make Baum the operation that it is.

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So, yes, the bikes are amazing. Each Baum, whether it’s a 29er, a road bike, a track bike, a BMX or a kid’s bike feels amazingly fit-for-purpose. But I was just as impressed by their white boards, paint room and office space. These guys know what they’re doing.

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I had the opportunity to sit down with Darren for a “workshop coffee” and talk about his business, his philosophy behind framebuilding and a bit about him – how he learned to file right and left-handed under Brian Cross’s tutelage, how he used dealing with side effects of a serious bike accident to improve his understanding of biodynamics and bike fit.

Darren Baum from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

If you need more of a Baum fix after watching that and you’re around Melbourne town, you can catch Darren in conversation with Darrell McCulloch at the Meet the Maker event happening this Friday (only 2 tickets left at time of writing), or you can check out his stall at this weekend’s inaugural Australian Custom Bicycle Show from 1-2 December.

Plus there are even more photos from Baum HQ on this Flickr set.

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