Like couture fashion, nothing fits or is quite as special as a custom bike.

Anyone who has wondered what the perfect fit is, or what kind of geometry is best for a specific kind of riding need look no further than a custom bike builder who can answer all those questions and produce something absolutely beautiful.

Why pour over zillions of factory bikes to find an approximate fit? NYC’s best custom bike builders can make the bike of your dreams, then custom paint your name all over it. (or not)

 

Rosko

Seth Rosko

email: rosko.cc@gmail.com
phone: 917.567.1074
flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/slrosko
web: www.rosko.cc


  1. Years You’ve been building? 13
  2. How did you learn the craft? attended United Bicycle Institute in ’97 and followed that working at a local company called Brooklyn Machine Works doing everything- cutting tubes, assembly, etc. Finally graduating to full time fabrication and welding.
  3. How many frames have you made? 500+
  4. What type of bicycles you’ve made in the past and what type of builds have been some of your favorites? Road, track, mountain bikes (26″-29’er and 650b wheel sizes), full suspension and downhill bikes, dirt jumping, bmx, 4x, urban, rando/ touring, commuter and cyclocross.
  5. What is your price range? average custom frame $1500-
  6. What is your turn around time? 3-6 months depending on season.
  7. What are your paint options? Everything from powder, plating to full custom complicated wet paint schemes. The sky (and your budget) really is the limit.
  8. Do you do the painting in-house? I spent many years perfecting this craft- after all my hard work I want a top notch coating done by someone who sweats the details like I do the build. So I leave paint to the Pros.
  9. Do you offer component packages? Absolutely!
  10. Do you offer fitting service?  // Or have a “can I visit the shop” for buyers? Of course. What is a custom bike without custom fit? As for shop visits I am happy to give the nickle tour- just contact me first so I can make sure it doesn’t infringe on any build time!
  11. Do you build for heavy use Clydesdale types? One of the great things about this job is that we can help bring the joy of cycling to people of any stature- no matter the physique I will work with the customer to get the right bike under them.

 

Coast Cycles

Johnny Coast

email: johnny@johnnycoast.com
website: http://www.johnnycoast.com/

 

  1. Years You’ve been building? Building for 8 years.
  2. How did you learn the craft? I learned the craft at United bicycle institute, and Yamaguchi. But I have to note that my training really started with my father who built custom hot rods. He was a master metal fabricator and literally sculpted cars out of metal. He tought me how to light the tourches and I was welding by the time I was 12 years old.
  3. How many frames have you made? I’m not sure. Something like over 200
  4. What type of bicycles you’ve made in the past and what type of builds have been some of your favorites? I’ve made a lot of types of bikes. Road, all rounders, track, randonneur, touring, light touring, city, cyclocross, mixtie. I’ve been really enjoying the challange of building randonneuring bikes lately. Also I’ve had a lot of fun with the “half lug” or “bi-lam” lug treatment.  Something I started doing when building for another company who wanted a lugged mixte. Mixtie lugs weren’t manufactured at the time so I basically altered the lugs with this treatment to incorperate a fillet and a lug. I didn’t invent it, but I just sort of brought it back.
  5. What is your price range? Prices range from $2250-$2450
  6. What is your turn around time? Turn around time is gonna be tricky to answer, The wait time will depend on who long the wait list is. At the moment, its only about 2-3 months.
  7. What are your paint options? Paint options are wide. Lug lining is available, 3 different decail options, PPG and “House of Kolor” special candy paint is avail
  8. Do you do the painting in-house? All paint is done out of house
  9. Do you offer component packages? I do complete builds as well
  10. Do you offer fitting service?  // Or have a “can I visit the shop” for buyers? Complete fitting in house to your custom frame
  11. Do you build for heavy use Clydesdale types? what is your definition of heavy use? Like do I build cargo bikes? Is this a BMX question? Or do I build touring bikes ment for loading down, heavier riders?

 

SquareBuilt

Lance Mercado/Alex Trendelman

SquareBuilt Bicycles
Lower Level
868 Myrtle Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
347-334-6836 (Phone)
347-334-6835 (Fax)
www.squarebuilt.com

  1. Years You’ve been building? Too many to count or around 9
  2. How did you learn the craft? Genetic memory, I also went to UBI in 2003 to meet other framebuilders at the TIG welding course.
  3. How many frames have you made? 1 + z = current value
  4. What type of bicycles you’ve made in the past and what type of builds have been some of your favorites? We’ve basically made anything people have asked for. We can do anything. my favorite builds have been the ones that people said couldn’t be done
  5. What is your price range? $950 – $3000+
  6. What is your turn around time? Get in touch with us for the current wait time.
  7. What are your paint options? We powder-coat our frames because its environmentally friendly, blah, blah but mostly because its one of the the most durable options.
  8. Do you do the painting in-house? We do everything in house from beginning to end it doesn’t leave our hands till we put it in yours.
  9. Do you offer component packages? yes
  10. Do you offer fitting service?  // Or have a “can I visit the shop” for buyers? Sure we do you can come by meet us, meet the dog, have a beer and get fit for your new frame. just call to let us know you’re coming .
  11. Do you build for heavy use Clydesdale types? Our bikes are known for their durability and we have some of the heaviest riders on them abusing them constantly. All the issues riding like that brings up we’ve already been through and know how to deal with. tell us who you are and how you ride and we will make a frame that is the perfect fit for you.

 

 

Horse Cycles

thomas callahan

321 Rutledge st brooklyn, ny 11211
  1. Years You’ve been building?: 6
  2. How did you learn the craft?: self taught
  3. How many frames have you made? 60
  4. What type of bicycles you’ve made in the past and what type of builds have been some of your favorites? road, track, urban, tour, polo, mountain, woman’s specific
  5. What is your price range? starting at 1000 for a frame and 200 for a fork with part packages starting at 800
  6. What is your turn around time? 6 -10 weeks
  7. What are your paint options? unlimited
  8. Do you do the painting in-house? Yes
  9. Do you offer component packages? Yes
  10. Do you offer fitting service?  // Or have a “can I visit the shop” for buyers? Yes
  11. Do you build for heavy use Clydesdale types? yes

 

Coarse Fabrication

Billy Maynard

Coarsefab@gmail.com www.coarsefabrication.blogspot.com

1. Years You’ve been building? altogether 5-6 years

2. How did you learn the craft?  I initially started to learn the craft in 1999 as an apprentice
for Spooky Cycles at the age of 14, but I only really started to build in the lugged and
fillet brazed style that predominates my current work in 2008. The Spooky factory was
located in the town where I grew up and I started hanging out there bugging them for
stickers and they eventually gave me a job for five bucks an hour. At first I was just
polishing aluminum tubes and doing other menial tasks, but eventually I was mitering
tubes and tig welding on production frames and forks. At the time they were building
BMX bikes for several different companies, and this gave me the opportunity to work
with with Dave Harrison, who went on to run the FBM machine shop for nearly a
decade. He taught me a lot of what I learned there. This is where I got the basics of TIG
welding, jig set tup, frame alignment and tubing selection and pretty much everything
else I now use. In 2008 after finishing college I began to work in bike shops as a
mechanic, and fell in love with cycling and working on bikes all over again. When I got
back into the craft after studying metal sculpture in college and learning how to brass
and silver braze, I applied much of this knowledge to my already learned frame building
skills and I began the process of teaching myself how to build a frame with minimal
equipment, or at least without the help of a 10,000 sq. ft. machine shop.

3. How many frames have you made? I have worked on the production of several hundred
while apprenticing for Spooky, but of my own, 12 that I am proud of

4. what type of bicycles you’ve made in the past and what type of builds have been
some of your favorites? Mountain, track, touring. I really enjoy mountain frames
because of all the untraditional geometry possibilities

5. What is your price range? $850 and up

6. What is your turn around time? This is tough to say, right now I am building part time,
and co-managing Velo Brooklyn/Bushwick Bike shop Full time, so it depends on how
busy the shop is. 2 months is about average

7. Do you do the painting in-house? No. I have used several different painters depending
on style of paint (Liquid or Powder coat). Lance at Squarebuilt has powdercoated
several frames for me.

8. Do you offer component packages? Yes

9. Do you offer fitting service? Yes. I do this through the shop for all bikes we sell and an
extensive fit for custom frames. I have taken several different courses on fitting while
working at different shops and am certified in these different fitting styles.

10. Do you build for heavy use Clydesdale types: Most definitely

 

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