Due to circumstances beyond FYXO’s control, the upcoming Australian Custom Bicycle Show planned for this coming January in Adelaide has been postponed and announcement of the future date and location will be released March 2014.
Thanks to everyone for their support of the event, and if you travelling to Adelaide for the TDU stayed tuned to Instagram and Twitter for updates on where you can spy some of the planned exhibitors amazing wares.
Darren has gathered a highly skilled workforce of 6 employees (plus himself) at Baum Cycles.
Darren has gathered a highly skilled workforce of 6 employees (plus himself) at Baum Cycles. Recognising early that Australian manufacturing would have to find advantage at the boutique end of the market, the company has focussed on specialist expertise and personalisation since day one.
“As we’ve grown as a business people have been concerned that we’re keeping the quality and expertise, but even though we’ve expanded, each time we bring someone on they bring their own range of skills and expertise and we’re making a better product. That would change if we just brought in production people, but we’re never going to go that way. We employ highly skilled individuals.”
The focus on perfection has paid off in people, the product itself drawing quality craftspeople to team. “Great workers want to be somewhere they can be part of great work. We have people now who are more skilled than me, and just as passionate. It’s fantastic.”
Always thinking he can do better is what keeps the passion alive in Darren. “As a perfectionist, plenty of people will tell you that you’ll lead a disgruntled life. But I love the fact that as soon as you feel you’ve built the perfect bike – just the process of doing that gives you ideas for making the next ones better. Those one-percenter discoveries, the new ideas, the practice of making every time through slightly better. That’s the game. That’s where the fun is.”
Hand-made with great care and with plenty of consulation with the rider, a Fikas bike is a joy to ride, or so they say.
I’ve had many jobs over the past two decades, some interesting and some leaving me wondering. I’ve made mounts for museum objects, done geophysics surveys, been an arborist, shovelled snow, operated heavy machinery, inspected power poles and sold beer, bicycles and toilets (some esoteric link in there), and more…all so I could work out that I like making bicycles.
Ewen Gellie makes steel bike frames and complete bikes, pursuing a craft in which the frame and bike can be tailored to each customer to give years of pleasure and dependable use.
Ewen Gellie makes steel bike frames and complete bikes, pursuing a craft in which the frame and bike can be tailored to each customer to give years of pleasure and dependable use. To be able to have a product made just for you is a rare thing these days. “My expertise is in competitive riding, framebuilding and manufacturing: my designs are a finely tuned blend of proven designs and the careful adoption of only the best framebuilding innovations. I bring to my work the knowledge gained as a professional mechanical engineer working at the last Australian bicycle manufacturer, GM-Holden, Ford and Toyota. I began making bike frames in 1988 when I assisted a local framebuilder in extensively modifying the frame of my brand new mountainbike. With a hacksaw, files and oxy-torch, we transformed a very poor design to one with cutting edge geometry which resulted in a huge improvement in my riding. I was hooked. Frames that I made carried me to multiple wins in National Mountainbike Events in Downhill and Trials and that arduous testing ground is the foundation of my work. I now make it my full-time occupation to create unique frames and bikes in collaboration with each customer. I’m looking forward to meeting the people who share this interest, talking with you about what you need from your bike and giving you a more detailed insight into what I do.”
It is my intention to forever hone my skills and strive to always create better things as a metalsmith and frame builder
‘I am deeply interested in all aspects of cycling (perhaps sans recumbents), purveyor of high quality bike frames and lifetime student of the craft. It is my intention to forever hone my skills and strive to always create better things as a metalsmith and frame builder.’
‘I grew up on a farm outside Braidwood, a small country town and have always been involved in making things, especially with metal, and have always ridden bikes. My frames are influenced both by Japanese sensibilities and the ethic of the master builders, such as Nagasawa san, and the western masters of the craft, especially the work of Darrel McCulloch of Llewellyn cycles. I will be bringing down one road bike, a randoneur and a track frame shown in the raw to display my metalwork.’
I work alone, so you will talk only to me, I will design your frame and only my hands do the metal work.
“I started work on bicycle frames at age 16 with the dream of one day establishing my own marque of quality bespoke bicycles. In 1989 I commenced building my own marque: Llewellyn Custom Bicycles. I raced bicycles for 15 years including two seasons racing for teams in France. I then spent 6 years working as an Australian national team mechanic. In the construction of Llewellyn road, touring, track, and randonneur bicycles as you’ll see at the show, I use my experience to blend the best of traditional steel lugged construction with the best of contemporary design and materials such as hand polished stainless steel frame lugs and Columbus tubing. Steel is a beautiful material to work with as it provides freedom of design, unmatched durability, with a timeless aesthetic. I work alone, so you will talk only to me, I will design your frame and only my hands do the metal work. Joe Cosgrove does his paint magic. And then, only I assemble your bicycle with care attention to detail and pack your Llewellyn for shipping to anywhere in the world. My desire and goal is to create a bicycle that gives you many years of enjoyable riding, so with each passing year, your Llewellyn bicycle gives you greater value and you come to Cherish your Llewellyn.
Please introduce yourself to me at the show, I will be happy to chat about your requirements, bicycles, and riding.”
Wheelworks provide excellent customer service combined with premium quality wheels, all to highest quality mechanical standards.
Those guys in Japan and Italy make great rear derailleurs, but when it comes to wheels they don’t know you. They don’t know how much you weigh, what your riding style is like, or what looks good in your eyes.
Wheelworks has been created by Tristan Thomas with the express aim of building and customizing wheels to best suit the customers’ needs and desires.
The goal for Wheelworks is to provide excellent customer service combined with premium quality wheels, all to highest quality mechanical standards.