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This feature offers the opportunity to learn more about exhibitors’ individual style and inspirations, as well as giving an insight into their behind the scenes preparation for Bespoked 2014.

Every week we will ask a couple of different framebuilders the same five questions and along with photos of them, their workshops and the bikes they make display them on these pages.

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1. What defines your style as a framebuilder?

I think my style is defined by what is functional first, and then what looks good. There are so many choices along the way to building a bicycle, and I think there is a balance that can be stricken between how a bike functions and how it looks, but if there's ever a design choice that where form and function do not cooperate, then the choice goes to function first, every time. Many of the bikes I build are touring and commuting bikes, and the people who ride these kinds of bikes are usually most concerned with how well the bike does its job. And that's what I'm most concerned about in bikes that I ride. Bikes are tools, first and foremost. They can be beautiful tools, but they have to be useful tools before anything else.·

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2. Who, or what, has inspired you?

Many of the ideas I have about the bikes I build come while I'm riding. Particularly if I'm on a bike tour, I'm constantly analyzing what I'm doing, how well the bike handles and feels in the conditions I'm in, what could be improved, or what would I like to try. This is how ideas get refined. Inspiration sometimes comes from other builders, what they're doing now, and what has been done in the past. And also, talking with my friends who ride. What are they saying about their bikes, or the trips they want to take, or what they've seen or heard about. There are a lot of places that I find inspiration.·.

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3. Are you preparing anything special for Bespoked 2014?

 

Maybe. We'll just have to wait and see, now won't we? I'll be bringing two bikes. One to show and to ride, and one that might be for sale. I know the one I'll ride, but I'm not sure yet what I feel like building for the other bike. Just starting to formulate that.·

4. Where is your favourite place to ride?

Anywhere where there are few to no cars, where the scenery is vast and natural and inviting, where I can lose myself in the pedal strokes, the sights, and my thoughts. What more could one ask for?

5. If you weren’t a framebuilder, what would you be?

Probably dead. My story is long. And I feel pretty lucky to be where I am.

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Joseph Ahearne Cycles

Portland, Oregon, USA

all photos courtesy of Ahearne Cycles

Photo Jim Johnston

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Maker - Joseph Ahearne

Designer - Joseph Ahearne

Ahearne Cycles

Where - Portland Oregon

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I'm a custom frame builder. I work with steel and stainless steel, and build lugged and fillet brazed frames, custom racks, forks and stems. I'll be displaying a touring bike, and a bicycle for city riding.

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‪108 North Page Street‬, Portland, OR 9722, (503) 473-2102

Web - http://www.ahearnecycles.com

Email - http://www.ahearnecycles.com/contact/

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Framebuilders of the week
getting to know the people that make the bikes

 

Previous framebuilders of the week

Loop Wheels - Sam Pearce

Mawis - Mathias Scherer

Shand Cycles - Steven Shand

Strawberry Bicycles- Andy Newlands

Sven Cycles - Darron Coppin

Sword Cycles - Tim Leicester
 

 

Previous framebuilders of the week

Advanced Velo Design - Karl Sparenberg

Ahearne Cycles - Joseph Ahearne

Craddock - Richard Craddock

Donhou Bicycles - Tom Donhou

Grim Bicycles -Rollo Lunn

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