And Back Alley Bike Repair in Seattle!
So you started in 2010?
Yep I think so, can’t totally remember but sounds about right! We went fully public at the first Bespoked show…
That years bespoked (the first) in Bristol was really the first time for me that I saw bikes like yours. Your Pimento Stuffed and Rickys Track build from that show are still very memorable, you both stood out quite clearly at that show, at the time there were not so many new builders…I guess you wouldn’t have imagined there would be so many now?
Yeah we took Best in Show with the ‘Pimento Stuffed’ bike that year. Going there was a total unknown, as the resurgence in frame building in the UK hadn’t really happened. That show was essentially the start of it, so it was an interesting clean slate and great to have been there…
Thanks for hanging out Annalisa and if you’re interested in hearing what we talked about, listen below!
When Jane Faulkner, a UCSB librarian and former competitive cyclist, bought her first bike from Goleta-based Stinner Frameworks — one of the first made for a paying customer — she was supporting her local builder. By the time she bought her third, she was supporting an internationally recognized brand. This became evident to her last summer as she and her husband, Kim Bleth, sipped coffee at a café in the popular road cycling destination of Girona, Spain, and a group of admirers began to crowd around her bike. It turned out those oglers were from Singapore, where their shop had just begun selling Stinner bikes.
The burgeoning success of Stinner Frameworks was something I had noticed closer to home. As I began to see more and more of their machines invading Santa Barbara trails and roads, I couldn’t help but wonder what accounted for the company’s popularity.
Sure, I’d heard superlatives about the bikes from owners, but there are plenty of talented bicycle fabricators who never make the leap from part-time hobbyist to full-time business operator…