WIN­TER BI­CY­CLES

Sim­ply a work of art

Urban Cyclist - - Bespoked -

Eric Estlund is the de­signer and builder at Win­ter Bi­cy­cles, who are based in Penn­syl­va­nia, USA. Estlund started frame-build­ing in Ore­gon in 2008 and at­tended Be-spoked for the sixth time. A long-time bike ad­vo­cate for com­mu­nity-minded sport and com­muter cycling, he has an art de­gree with a fo­cus on metal sculp­ture and func­tion, plus 14 years of prac­ti­cal out­door art and en­vi­ron­men­tal teach­ing“The idea ex­pe­ri­ence.for this bike came from a cus­tomer who liked the in­tri­cately en­graved pat­terns of­ten found on high-class shot­guns, and com­mis­sioned me to build it,” says Estlund. “The frame is built

“The idea came from a cus­tomer who liked the in­tri­cately en­graved pat­terns found on shot­guns”

from an eclec­tic com­bi­na­tion of fil­let-brazed True Tem­per, Colum­bus and Deda steel tub­ing, to pro­vide the look and feel we wanted.” Each one of the el­e­ments was en­graved sep­a­rately be­fore be­ing added, which was a fairly con­ven­tional fit­ting task for the Shi­mano Dura-Ace de­railleurs and crankset with its match­ing en­graved outer chain­ring, but the oth­ers were more in­volved. “En­graved metal col­lars were bonded around the seat­post and seat­tube, and another strip of en­graved metal was lam­i­nated on top of the stem, but the en­graved head was more com­pli­cated still,” ex­plains Estlund. To cre­ate the ef­fect of in­laid en­graved steel be­tween the head­tube’s pointed lug-like ends, Eric in­serted a sep­a­rate tele­scopic tube into the frame be­fore it was en­graved around the steel head­tube badge. Even the Brooks cutout leather sad­dle is en­graved. The stun­ning bike is in­tended for road use, and equipped with disc brakes, HED wheels and Zipp han­dle­bar, but Eric says that the cus­tomer is al­ready talk­ing about com­mis­sion­ing another bike, sim­i­larly en­graved, for cy­clocross use!

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