In celebration of the first week of New York City’s bike-share program, we turn to Andrew Low to speak about crafting a bicycle frame. Low is part of the expanding sphere of small-scale bicycle producers in cities like Portland and Chicago. We visited Low in his San Francisco shop, where he discussed tubing, homemade tooling, and the satisfactions of building by hand.
We are raffling off five Custom painted frames and We are raffling off two complete bikes next Friday, June 7th at our 5 year anniversary party. Depending on how many tickets you purchase online, we will take photos of each ticket and email the photos to you and write your name and that you are a online buyer. On the evening of the raffle, if you are picked to be a winner we will contact ASAP and ship your frame out the following Monday.
There was a time, not so recently, when the only bicycle to be seen dead with was a Japanese Keirin frame built up only with NJS-approved components—that is, the manufacturers of the wheels, seat post and saddle, drive train and cockpit had been ordained by the Nihon Jitensha Shinkōka, the governing body of the sport.