Paul Budnitz, of Kidrobot, can now add bike builder to his resume. When does the man ever sleep? All Budnitz bicycles feature only top-end components, most developed for bike racing and made by hand by small boutique fabricators in the U.S. and Europe.
I like the bikes. Like the man even better after I asked Jon a few questions about him and Sabrosa Bikes.
What’s your background?
I am a civil engineer by day and a frame builder by night. I grew up tinkering with bicycles and working in bike shops. I enjoy fabricating, welding, and problem solving. I am an art appreciator. I strive to make things that are beautiful, and functional.
How did you come to design and build bikes? What was the spark?
The owner of the first bike shop were I was employed instilled in my young, tender brain the value of handcrafted bicycles. Our shop was filled with Serrottas and Salsas that were all made by hand. They were gorgeous. I purchased my first custom steel frame while working there, a Salsa Ala Carte, and I still have it. The 29’er craze was just ramping up in 2000 when I placed an order in with a predominant builder. He got a little flaky on me, and so I ended up spending the money that I had saved for a custom frame on an oxy/acetylene torch and some tooling. I taught myself how to braze and made all sorts of jigs and fixtures to help me build frames. A lot of good friends supported me through the learning phase and helped to get me to where I am now.
Sir Isaac Newton Cycles. The Building and Testing of the S1.
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The Riding the Long White Cloud post
Film of a muscle-powered tour that a group of skateboard enthusiasts undertook in New Zealand one summer. My idea was to use the trip as a speculative platform from which to investigate what life might be like in a post-industrial society. That is to say a society whose main fuel source has been depleted to the point of being scarce and expensive.
+ Source: The Riding the Long White Cloud
Inspirational story about Darren Baum – master bicycle maker and owner of Baum Cycles. Brilliant-looking bikes as well.
Incredible looking bike from Ron Arad. It’s going to be auctioned off for a fundraising project.
Arad designed the bike for a fundraising project called WOW bikes, organised by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and W Hotels, where six designers were asked to alter bikes from London’s bicycle hire scheme. The bikes are being auctioned on the W Hotels Facebook page until 31 October.