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Artisanal steel, anyone? We profile custom builder Bishop Bikes

Artisanal steel, anyone? We profile custom builder Bishop Bikes

Chris Bishop is one of the finest steel bicycle frame builders in the world. Ever wondered what he’d build for himself? Here’s your answer Chris Bishop is one of the finest steel frame builders of the modern era, deftly blending the material’s classic aesthetic with more contemporary features and performance while infusing a level of subtle visual flair that two-dimensional images often can’t capture. He’s as capable of over-the-top artisanship as anyone but for his own personal machine, Bishop decided to go with a slightly more straightforward route.

Bishop brought with him to the annual Baller’s Ride a stunning two-tone all-road bike, replete with big Compass clinchers mounted on equally fat Pacenti alloy rims to tackle the event’s demanding mix of dirt, gravel, and pavement. From a distance, however, the profile couldn’t be more traditional road racer with its slender tubes, conventional rim brakes, and Campagnolo Chorus mechanical groupset – and that’s exactly how he wanted it. You can feel free to pick your jaw up off of the floor now “It’s more modern, with not as many little details, as some of the other more artisanal fully lugged frame-and-fork bikes I’ve done,” he said. “I usually do a […]

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