The Made bike shop showcased efforts from frame builders as well as cycling products produced domestically and attracted thousands of bike geeks, gravel riders, and hardtail enthusiasts, to congregate on the Portland waterfront to walk its dimly lit hall.
Dozens of beautifully crafted bicycles were on display, and even if you weren’t currently in the market for a one-off bicycle crafted to fit your personal tastes, there were a lot of cool things to see.
I was a big fan of this paper backdrop that No.22 Bicycle Company utilized for their booth. It did a fantastic job showcasing the gorgeous finish of their titanium road bike. I simply can’t stop looking at that gold..
No22 bikes offers a a collection of small batch production road, gravel, cyclocross, track, and MTB frames that are all fashioned from titanium in their factory in Johnstown, NY. Learn more at 22bicycles.com.
Black Magic Paint is a Portland-based company that was showcasing their work — which was amazing. This component was left untouched in this beautifully finished road bike.
Their services include production batch runs for manufacturers to personalizing personal bikes. As authorized customer painters for many brands, your warranty would remain intact as well. Check them out at Blackmagicpaint.com.
Acoustic Cycles is a custom bike builder out of Colorado. This high pivot model is a prototype that features 160mm of suspension travel and is fabricated from 4130 chromoly and stainless steel.
Steve Domahidy, the man behind Viral Bikes, (also known as the co-founder of Niner) was showing off his latest project, a linkage driven single pivot enduro class trail bike called the Optimist. 3D printed titanium lugs are bonded with UD carbon fiber tubes providing a unique aesthetic.
Steve is a fan of the Pinion gearbox system, which he utilizes on all his ti hardtail MTBs, and the Optimist is built around the system. Steve feels the gear box transmission is long lasting, needs minimal maintenance, and almost indestructible. Learn more at Viral.Bike.
Wheatfall Cycles offers custom titanium bikes out of Santa Cruz. Things were hopping when I came by so I was unable to get a clean shot of this great looking ti-cruiser, but you can scope them more on their IG: Wheatfallcycles.
Speaking of cruisers, it was nice to catch up with Brad Hodges of WhBradford Designs. Brad, AKA B-rad, got his start making dirt jumpers, track bikes, and fixed gear machines under the monicker “Nemesis Project”. He mostly focuses on gravel rigs and bike packing rigs today, but is known for coming up with some unique takes like the “Mono Shoker”, inspired by vintage BMX bikes — with a banana seat to boot.