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    Bike Rumor: Road to NAHBS 2012 – Winter Bicycles’ Eric Estlund

    Tyler, the editor for Bike Rumor, sent over a Q&A. We discussed a bit about what I've been up to, and about what I'm planning for NAHBS this year.


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    Ins and outs, fronts and backs*

    ...this week has been full of lots of tiny parts!

    In the end- it’s all about bringing the details together for something functional, unique, and beautiful:


    Oh- and a huge thanks to my customers who allow me to really have fun with these bicycles. It’s a great feeling to be able to go to a national or international show with one of my everyday builds and feel like I have a “show bike”. I’m a lucky man.

    * blog excerpt- more words and photos in the original post

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    This week I assembled the San Ume (3Plum) tribute bike.

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    Check out the story here.

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    I just received a note from a customer I first met at last years NAHBS. A year to the week after we met he's rolling around on his freshly built up Winter.

    Part of his note read: "When I hear that a bike "rides better" than another, it's hard to know what that really means -- but it's not hard to recognize when you feel it. "

    Yeah, it's a pretty good job to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Estlund View Post
    I just received a note from a customer I first met at last years NAHBS. A year to the week after we met he's rolling around on his freshly built up Winter.

    Part of his note read: "When I hear that a bike "rides better" than another, it's hard to know what that really means -- but it's not hard to recognize when you feel it. "

    Yeah, it's a pretty good job to have.
    That's why they pay us the big bucks, Eric.
    Good story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Estlund View Post
    Part of his note read: "When I hear that a bike "rides better" than another, it's hard to know what that really means -- but it's not hard to recognize when you feel it. "

    Yeah, it's a pretty good job to have.
    That's fantastic to get compliments like that about your work - makes it very worthwhile
     

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    A year or so ago Ryan Imondi came by and put together a slide show with audio. The Bespoked folks reworked it slightly and included it in their "Meet the Maker" video series. It's fun to have this floating through some of the European circles.


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    A brief recap of the Seattle Bike Expo, and why I enjoy large "consumer shows":

    Seattle Bike Expo Recap

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    I just returned home from what seems like a whirlwind tour. Portland, Sacramento, Seattle, Bristol.

    Bespoked was a fantastic show- roughly 80 exhibitors and 4000 attendees. I had a great time, left less one frame set, and plus one award for "Best Randonee".

    You can read about the trip and show here.


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    Eric,

    Beautiful venue. Great story. Congratulations. I've admired your work for some time. Your builds look so elegantly executed, yet their simple styling capture for me the simple joy of just riding a bike.

    Your recent trip seems to have been so fantastic, I wonder if you could have seen something like this coming?
     

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    Thank you.

    To the first part, thanks- I think that sums up part of "what a Winter is". I really enjoy rich and layered detail, but details in support of a cohesive and unified design. I want the consummate bike geek to enjoy discovering new details about their bicycle, but to not be overwhelmed by them. At the end of the day I want it to be a cleanly executed machine that disappears in use. Great riding bikes first, pretty bikes second.

    To you point about my warm reception- no, I had no idea. I went to Bristol to support what they are doing with the UK scene, but no expectations on how the show would go for me personally. I was overwhelmed to find out how many of both the builders and attendees followed my work, and I was completely blind sided by the award (after all, the Rando category didn't even exist before the judging).

    Fantastic is the right word for the trip. I had a lovely time, and I was truly humbled and appreciative of the the reception and experience.

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    From humble beginnings-

    Josh at The Bicycle Story is putting together a series he calls "My First Bike". The articles are a Q&A with builders about their first build and their entry into frame building. For extra fun he encouraged me to crawl up to the rafters and bring down Numero Uno to take a few shots.

    After hanging it up and not looking at it for a long time it was fun to be reminded of how that frame taught me so much about what I didn't know. Being proud of the effort but dissatisfied was a great motivator (and still is). The "finish work" that took forever is more rough then my raw bikes now, but all in all not to shabby for the first go. I rode it until I needed to pull the parts for another step along the way.

    You can read the full article here.

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    I've posted a bunch of stem shots in FNL, but thought I would follow up on my blog for some continuity.

    If you are interested in more details then the FNL gave, take a look at Stem-a-thon!


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    Some things shouldn't wait till Friday...

    I had a journalism student come by for the morning. He shot some video, stills, and did a bit of audio work. We had a great time. Shortly after he left (of course) I knocked out this little gem.


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    Every day felt like mail day.

    50 t.o. of 56 silver:


    35 lbs of bronze and nickle fillers:


    300 lbs of American iron (1938 SB 415-Y):


    I also landed 4lbs of assorted hole saws today, but it's hard to get excited enough to take a photo of hole saws.

    Ahh- tool and supply geekery.

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    Wow!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by eric estlund View Post
    i've posted a bunch of stem shots in fnl, but thought i would follow up on my blog for some continuity.

    If you are interested in more details then the fnl gave, take a look at stem-a-thon!

     

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    Thanks- I try to get these rolling in small groupings for the platers or powder. I have a small list for the next group- if anyone wants in shoot me a note.

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    Wow those stems are nice!
     

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