Around The Shop

NAHBS 2014 Preparations

27 02

NAHBS 2014 is just around the corner!  I’m bringing some awesome customer bikes!   Here are few build sequence shots… I can’t show too much because one of the customers will be seeing his bike for the first time at NAHBS!  He has given me…

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Koen’s Road Build

06 12

Koen moved to the USA from Europe and wanted a custom, American-made frame!  His “American Dream” road bike will be classy and subtle with a stealth carbon fiber logo and color-reduced components.  There will be a few personal touches as the frame is finished.  In…

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Unidirectional Versus Woven Carbon Fiber

17 07

Here at Appleman Bicycles, strength and durability are a priority.  That’s why I use unidirectional carbon fibers to build all of my frames.  Many bikes have a cosmetic woven outer layer, but it is just that… cosmetic.   Unidirectional (UD) fibers are carbon fibers that run…

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Big Bad Bike Baking Oven

02 07

Ever wonder how bikes are baked in an oven?  I use a Big Bad Bike Baking Oven to accomplish the job!  The new oven is large enough to fit any frame in and provides extremely consistant temperatures within the chamber.   The oven is used…

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No Paint Repairs

07 06

If your carbon frame gets damaged, then Appleman repair is a great option!  In the day and age of bikes with flashy paint jobs and 15 logos scattered throughout, many customers are electing to get their frame repaired without paint. There are a lot of…

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Rob’s Road Disc Build

03 06

Every bike has to start somewhere.  My bikes start with the tubes.  Rob is an incredibly strong rider and wanted a bike as stiff as possible.  He’ll be racing crits in Austrailia so I designed a custom, extra (extra) stiff tube set for his road…

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Chris King… in mango!

29 05

I just received some great looking parts from Chris King.  A tapered headset and their new PF30 bottom bracket.  Mango is such a beautiful color and will look great pressed into Rob’s upcoming road disc frame!  

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The Beauty of Carbon Fiber

30 04

One of many reasons I’m obsessed with carbon fiber is its inherent, natural beauty.   While testing new materials, I haphazardly created this beautiful carbon fiber shape.  The picture shows two layers of unidirectional carbon that is cross-plied together, wrapped around a tube and frozen…

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