Over the holidays I got a call from Sacha White at Vanilla Bicycles. Sacha had called to say that he wanted to nominate me to join the Frame Builders Collective. I asked a few questions about what it was that I would have to do to be involved and then decided that it would be a good thing to be a part of. When the collective first came about there was some talk among the frame building world about who will be in or out and that it all seems rather “clique’sh” which is impossible to avoid when you start something like this. I still feel that the overall message of the collective is a positive one and that is the message that I want to send; however I always wished I had been invited to join the “SOPWAMTOS” [Society Of People Who Actually Make Their Own Shit]. Anyway I am sure that new membership will be slow going and that we have figured out that not everyone can be involved. [I had tried to write about this earlier, but sometimes my wordpress blog, just won’t let me upload things!! and then I give up and get back to work]
After Sacha talked to me about joining the collective he asked me if I would like to take part in a museum exhibit in NYC. I was immediately interested. The show will be at the Museum of Arts & Design and will run from May 12th 2010 to mid July. Here is what Sacha had sent me:
Bespoke, The Handbuilt Bicycle at The Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle, NYC is a project that I have been working on with Michael Maharam for about a year now. Michael owns a textile company focused on design and is a collector and bicycle enthusiast who is associated with several museums. We want to capture the scope of work happening around the world from builders who embody the pinnacle of their particular style.
It is my personal goal to give the public a window into what we do and show the deeper value and usefulness of the handmade bike. taking it off is pedestal as a “Luxury Item” and showing why it is technically relevent in today’ market. We plan to do this with displays including text, photos, drawings, raw elements of our frames in various stages of construction and of course, with complete bikes.
The show will include:
- Vanilla Bicycles
- J.P. Weigle
- Jeff Jones
- Dario Pegoretti
- Richard Sachs
Each builder bringing work that represents what makes them a “first” in a particular style or method or as a reinvention of a particular style. My style is the black city bike with a D-Rack [Original Light Roadster] and my antique style bikes, like the Major Taylor. Also a cargo bike, like a Basket Bike.
I just got the call last night that the show is really going to happen and is now coming at me at full speed! Having 3 show bikes ready for mid May was tough enough, not to mention my last minute entry into NAHBS and Betsy and I are going to San Francisco in April [she has a conference]. To add to this I found out last night that they want to make a book with all the bikes [a very nice book] and that I now need to have the bikes delivered to NYC by the end of March!
I definitely have my work cut out for me.
Here is what I am taking to NAHBS.
Mark L’s Black Roadster. It has a curved top tube with an extra top tube and with the Fat Frank cream tires [700 x 50mm!]
Steve M’s Scorcher fixed. A dark red Scorcher
Next in line to be built are:
- Rich P. 67cm Touring bike
- Don J. Rohloff Roadster
- Dylan B. SS Light Roadster
- Eugene L. 3 speed Roadster
- Jason N Road frame
- Jason R Fixed frame & fork
- Metro Ped 2 Basket bike frames & forks
- Jackson P’s frame class for a Longtail🙂
I have a few bikes that are on hold for various reasons:
- Joel N. 29er
- Jennifer C. Mixte
- Peter B Touring bike
- Rod L. Basket Bike
- David M. Roadster
Now the bikes for the Museum are:
Light Roadster – Single speed fixed, Black, D-Rack, Hammer tone fenders, all silver parts.
Major Taylor/Truss frame- Black bike with red rims, fied, no brakes, steel crank with full suit ring, built antique style.
Basket Bike-Black bike with red rims
It would be very nice to be able to pre-sell these bikes for the Museum show, but not at the integrity of what the bikes should represent. The frames need to be a medium size to look right and I am leaning towards single speeds to keep the amount of cables down, but could change that. Also the bikes will be in the show from May to July…could you wait that long? However if you did buy one of these bikes you would have the prestige of a museum show bike that would be in finely made book for the show.
If anyone in interested in buying one of these museum exhibit bikes, please do get in touch.