Ep. 5: Jeremy Shlachter of Gallus Cycles

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In the fifth episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview Jeremy Shlachter of Gallus Cycles. Jeremy is known for building steel bikes in a classic style. Most of his bikes have a 1” threaded fork that he builds with the frame, lots of hand work, and often custom racks and stems. He does this well and has been making bikes like these for at least a decade.

We talk about framebuilding, managing to stay organized as a builder, cnc machining, and advice he has for newer builders.

Be sure to check out Jeremy’s work on Instagram as well as the Gallus Cycles Website.

Ep. 4: Rudi Jung of Black Magic Paint

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In the fourth episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview one of my favorite painters, Rudi Jung of Black Magic Paint. Rudi has built about 30 custom bikes under the brand Gold Coast, but you’d know him a lot better by his work painting bikes at Black Magic Paint — a business that he started about 4 years ago with his business partner, Ben. He doesn’t build bikes anymore, but I think that experience makes him a great guest on our show.

We talk about framebuilding, paint work, the DIY “can do” attitude that it takes to get things done, and we talk about his motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of the use of his right arm and what that has meant for his business and his life.

Be sure to check out Rudi’s work on Instagram as well as the Black Magic Paint Website.

Ep. 3: Julie Ann Pedalino of Pedalino Bicycles

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In the third episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview another one of my favorite framebuilders, Julie Ann Pedalino of Pedalino Bicycles. Julie makes beautiful bicycles and is innovating some of the ways in which custom bikes get made — utilizing CNC machines for what usually has only been done by hand. She is continually exploring new techniques and trying new things in a way I can definitely relate to.

We talk about CNC machining lug sleeves, painting bikes, getting into titanium frames and anodizing them, the ways that a handmade process can better address the fit needs of some cyclists, and about some of her experiences as a woman in a largely male-occupied industry.

Next week we interview Rudi from Black Magic Paint.

Be sure to check out Julie Ann Pedalino’s work on Instagram as well as her website.

Ep. 2: Burnsey of Oddity Cycles

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In the second episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview another one of my favorite framebuilders, Sean “Burnsey” Burns of Oddity Cycles. Burnsey makes Steel and Titanium custom bicycles, mostly mountain bikes, and uniquely with a lot of bent tubing to create very distinct and beautiful bikes.

In this episode, we talk about differentiating yourself in the custom bike world, how sometimes we get lost in the weeds and need to get back to basics, about how he learned to build bicycles, and Sean passes along some advice for folks looking to get into framebuliding.

Be sure to check out Burnsey’s work on Oddity Cycles on Instagram as well as his website.

Ep. 1: Kris Henry of 44 Bikes

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In the inaugural episode of the Shut Up and Build Bikes Podcast, I interview one of my favorite framebuilders, Kris Henry of 44 Bikes. As Kris puts it, he specializes in “anything that has knobs that touches dirt.” With 44 Bikes, he offers made-to-measure TIG welded steel and titanium frames. He is especially known for his hardtail mountain bikes.

In this episode, we talk about the most satisfying parts of bicycle framebuilding, how he got interested in framebuilding in the first place, what role he really plays in the process with a customer, and more. This episode should pack a lot of value for new or experiences framebuilders, or anyone interested in the process!

Be sure to check out Kris Henry’s work on 44 Bikes on Instagram and Flickr, as well as his website.

Join me next week when I interview Sean “Burnsey” Burns of Oddity Cycles!