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    Following a few PLLEEASSES from Richard I have finally found a few moments to (dictate while my lovely wife types) so that you guys can learn a little about me and ask the burning questions. I built my first bike when I was sixteen while on work experience with an eccentric yet highly skilled frame builder in Melbourne Australia. We lived out of town a bit, too far to run to see mates so riding was the only option. I did a whole lot of racing as a junior with guys who went on to ride for pro teams. At the ripe old age of 17 I was mowed down by a car travelling at 120kph (75mph) just meters from our front gate on return from a training ride. I still carry the scars and the biomechanically challenged body that the accident created.

    In order to ride again without pain I took a keen interest in biomechanics and from there built myself bikes with seat angles of 75 degrees to 69 degrees.

    I was lucky enough at a young age to have a mentor in the industry and to have access to a workshop full of tools. I then went on to complete an apprenticeship as an Aircraft Mechanical Engineer while still riding and building primarily for myself and a few mates. I started selling my first commercial bikes in 1996 and Baum cycles became a full time job in 2001.

    Our business model in Australia is direct to the consumer, with majority of customers coming direct to the factory for a fit. The build and finishing process is completed in house at Baum, and given that I'm pretty damn fussy when it comes to details that suits just fine. I have built lugged, pressed and investment cast (both with silver and brass), fillet brazed (silver & brass), TIG in steel, aluminium and titanium. Currently primarily building titanium but I still ride a steel bike.

    Darren Baum

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    Hey Darren,

    Great to have you here to answer these questions, I'm a huge fan of your bikes!

    What would you say are your influences outside of the bike industry that inform your approach to making bikes?
    It seems to me that you have a very strong sense of what you want your bikes to be, can you talk a bit
    about where that comes from?

    Grant
     

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    Darren,
    Just wanted to say the ti bikes you've been sending to Above Category are the most impressive hand crafted bikes I've ever seen. They are really and truly amazing.

    Any chance of demoing* a ti 29er while you are out here? I promise I'll beat it to hell.

    Nate






    *would not have funds to buy one for another 10-15 years
     

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    Darren,

    Two weeks on my Corretto, and I have to say it's really a thing of beauty. I love it, thanks....and look forward to meeting you later this month at AC.

    Many thanks...I'm looking forward to many happy miles.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanF View Post
    Darren,

    Two weeks on my Corretto, and I have to say it's really a thing of beauty. I love it, thanks....and look forward to meeting you later this month at AC.

    Many thanks...I'm looking forward to many happy miles.
    I'll be there. Someone should let Willy know when it is...
     

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    I had no idea you were crushed by a car as well. Damn.
    Sounds like it taught you allot about the human body, as it did me.

    I am a big fan of your work, it just says "clean"
    Keep up the good work, it's heartening to me to know that you have overcome and thrived!
    - Garro.
    Steve Garro, Coconino Cycles.
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    Hecho en Flagstaff, Arizona desde 2003
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    your ti bikes are pure "ride-able" art..

    your building experience/exposure to: "ti, lugged steel, aluminum ---," your preference to build, ride & .....

    ronnie
     

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    Hi Grant,

    I would have to say that the greatest influence outside of the industry has been having the opportunity to work with some brilliant old school tradesmen.
    They have a wealth of skills and knowledge to teach and if you are willing to listen it is yours for the taking.
    Fit/biomechanics - l have had the opportunity to learn from Steve Hogg Welcome Ľ Steve Hogg's Bike Fitting Website and given that he was able to fit my body to a bike and enable me to ride pain free l rate him fairly highly.
    Handling- Jo Banks worked as a Crew Chief for a V8 Supercar racing team (like Nascar) here in Australia. He introduced me to the concept of post Race/Testing debriefing which we then applied to the bikes.
    Comfort - My rear end and a whole lot of miles!
    Stiffness - We have worked with elite athletes using SRM's as a base point
    Graphics - We have been able to collaborate with a group of talented and passionate designers and through constructive/dec-constructive/argumentative discussion we have arrived at our current graphics point.

    Thanks for your interest.

    Darren
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Baum View Post
    Thanks for your interest.
    ^ ^
    Dividends paid back in spades atmo.
    Yours is a great story.

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    Hi Nate,

    Thanks for your interest,

    Above Category has an Extensa 29er with a SID XX fork with XTR on the way, it will be at NAHBS and then staying on at AC as a shop bike.

    Enjoy!

    Darren
     

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    Hi Brian,

    great to hear you are enjoying it, looking forward to meeting you when we arrive.
    We might have a bit in common as the burnt orange is my favorite colour.

    Darren
     

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    Steve,

    l felt lucky following my accident in that l lost 2 days before and 2 days after it, l had nothing to fear hopping back on the bike.
    Apparently you can only fear what you can remember! Although my mum did manage to take a few photos of my 2 days away following the crash :)
     

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    Darren,

    I'm a huge fan of your bikes and will own one at some point. You need a dealer in Greenwich Connecticut so I can see them up close and personal.
    Ohhhh BTW, great name.

    Darren
     

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    Ronnie,

    Thanks for the feedback, always nice to hear.

    I love Ti as it gives us the greatest amount of flexibility in being able to customize/personalize through butting/shaping in house.
    Lugged Steel - With polished lugs is still on my list of favorite bikes to build and gives the greatest amount of self satisfaction.
    Aluminium - Didnt like riding it - Didnt like welding it ;) (far too hot for me)
    Fillet braised - Silver and Brass all ends in far too much filing for me, although l have an 8yr old who is busting to learn.
    Steel Tig - The most under-rated building material by the general public, something we need to change.
    Riding preferences - Ti for longer Gran Fondo's and training rides and Tig steel for crisper, snappier racing.

    Darren
     

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    Darren,

    Make your way to NAHBS, we are bringing them halfway round the world for you!
    Above Category Above Category Cycling have offered Baum as a small builder, fantastic support.
    Just dipping our cleats into the US pond slowly.

    Darren
     

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    I love my Baums
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Baum View Post
    Hi Nate,

    Thanks for your interest,

    Above Category has an Extensa 29er with a SID XX fork with XTR on the way, it will be at NAHBS and then staying on at AC as a shop bike.

    Enjoy!

    Darren
    Hopefully it is built for someone taller than Chad, as I am =)
     

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    Darren,

    What's the story behind the unique chainstay design on the Corretto? I mean, they look pretty rad, but I assume there's some thinking in there beyond how they look...
     

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    Heck, I'm thinking of hopping a plane down to Sacramento ONLY to visit the Baum booth!
     

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    D.B., your aesthetic is the thing that "got" me than hearing about you is what will make me a devotee.
    If I can be so bold, if you ever have a customer on the East Coast USA who needs a pre-sales fitting I'm your man.

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