Hand-Built Bicycles & NW Builders
Washington and Oregon are at the heart of a massive, awesome and inspired community of bike builders,
creating some of the most elegant, functional, imaginative and well devised bicycles on the planet.
Gigantic showcases bike, frame and wheel builders from the greater Cascades region, drawing from British Columbia, Washington,
Oregon, Idaho and Northern California.
I make handmade bikes. First off I use NO JIG, working in a style that goes back a hundred years.
"The builder must be highly skilled, his accuracy depends on craftsmanship, not tooling. Because no fixture is used".
The lugged joints I use give each bike its unique look. The hand built bike that you get from me will not be mass produced
and will be just for you. The fit of your custom frame is one of the most important elements in the custom process.
I will do a proper fit for you to insure the fit of your new custom blackswift bicycles is the best for you.
My name is James and I grew up in sunny southern California. Happily married and a father of one very beautiful daughter. I have raced bmx, road and downhill mtb.
I have been a bicycle mechanic for 17 years now.
Bombus Bikes got its start in Olympia, Washington in 2009. One of our first projects was the fleet of yellow bikes that now serve as The Evergreen State College’s Residential Bike Share Program.
Today, Bombus Bikes is located in Seattle, Washington. We are dedicated to the individual needs and desires of every cycling enthusiast.
Our name comes from the bumblebee’s Latin genus name. Bombus is derived from the ancient Greek bombos (βόμβος), meaning a deep humming, buzzing, or booming sound. We have chosen this name (aside from its nice sound) because we are concerned about the current issues surrounding colony collapse disorder and our native Western Bumblebee. Our house-designed bicycles are named for Washington plants that are pollen fertilized. The city ripper is named the Rubus for the family that includes raspberries, blackberries, and salmonberries. The 29er/MTB is named the Malus after the apple family.
I am going to ask to build your next bike. I want to build one for just about everyone I cross paths with. Everyone who is as excited as I am about riding, racing, and living a life of bikes.
Elegant, handbuilt titanium bicycles. Designed, engineered and tested in Portland, Oregon.
Matthew Larsen Wheelbuilding
Matthew Larsen Wheelbuilding (MLW) believes in traditional handbuilt bicycle wheels. This style of wheel is the most durable, lightweight, aerodynamic, serviceable wheel you can buy. There is lots of marketing and hype involved in today’s modern wheelsets that would have you think otherwise.
Stevenson Custom Bikes
Stevenson Custom Bicycles has been manufacturing custom frames in Olympia, WA since 1971. We are a father and son operation. The two of us have over 65 years of experience in the bicycle industry between us. We build lugged and fillet brazed steel frames. Our specialty is cycle sportive bikes, but we also build racing, randonneuring, cyclo-cross, fixed-gear, mountain, and touring frames. We love building tandems of all flavors.
It is our belief that a handbuilt steel custom frame designed for the specific rider is the most appropriate choice in terms of ride quality, performance, and aesthetics for almost everyone. We’ve spent most of our lives as artisan framebuilders and we are proud to be able to compare our work favorably with anyone building frames today. Riding a custom bike is a special experience like wearing a tailor made suit and it would be our pleasure to provide that experience to you.
Dave Levy has been working as a professional frame builder since 1986. He learned the basics of construction technique, geometry design and the science of bicycle fit from the resident frame builders at R&E Cycles. In the 4+ years he worked for the Seattle shop he helped hundreds of individuals become more comfortable and efficient on touring, sport, racing, mountain and tandem bicycles. This solid foundation in traditional frame construction is augmented by his formal education in engineering and art. Dave has always worked creatively wiath metals, from BMX bicycle builds in high school to metal sculpture at university. The pride and sensitivity of an artist and craftsman, coupled with the analytical skills of an engineer, afford him a unique ability to create bicycles that are aesthetically appealing and functionally precise. Dave enjoys working with his customers one-on-one, fulfilling their specific needs and matching each bicycle to the rider's individual body and style.