On Tuesday night I dropped in on Erik's new space to check it out. While it's not quite done, it's clearly coming along nicely and with the radness of having three different frame builders in one space, it is well on it's way to becoming a real headquarters for Minneapolis frame building and a likely pilgrimage location for out-of-towners.
(Chris Kvale is also in the building as well)
Erik does a lot of contract work. These are all Speedhounds in process. The gentleman who owns Speedhound will also be making his office in the new space.
These are Freeman's.
As I wrote that I wondered to myself if perhaps these companies might be bummed. Like I'm blowing their secret. But then I realized that the fact that their frames are built by "the Liberace of bikes" (and he also probably sticks his dick in them) makes them way more desirable and respectable in my eyes. (because of the provenance, not the dick part)
did your mind just get blown by that hella sick vignette/matte combo?
This space is where the carbon fibre builder's space is going to be.
No really, a dude who builds custom carbon fibre bicycle frames is going to be working out of the shop too. Erik told me the name but I totally forgot.
Sign above Vincent Dominguez's space
This frameset is one of the winners frames from Babes in Bikeland
check that modern Campy headset polished to gleaming
Erik also says he's going to start powdercoating as well. More to come as they finish the build out.