Saturday, December 29, 2007

Titus RacerX 29er Demo

We just added a Titus RacerX 29er (size medium) to our quiver of demo bikes. I am anxious to demo this ride my self as I have yet to enjoy a full ride on one of these steeds.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Thanks and Happy Holidays

Thanks to everyone who helped make this a great year for the shop. Enjoy your holidays and ride your bikes while we have this great weather.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Press Release: North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Here is a press release I received regarding the 2008 NAHBS I kept all of the original typos to preserve the authenticity of the document, enjoy.

SPEEDWAY, Indiana – Following a promising buildup The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), the world’s largest trade/consumer show for custom-built bicycles, is on the verge of selling out all 185 exhibitor spaces as it heads to the cycling-friendly city of Portland, Oregon, for the first time in the show's three-year history.
The 2008 show will be held in the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, February 8-10.
Show director, Don Walker, the founder of NAHBS, and the show's presenting sponsor, says "I am truly delighted. The show has had three good growth years already, but heading into our fourth we are growing beyond my expectations. I am very confident we will sell all our booth spaces. With seven weeks until the show, we only have ten spaces left, and I am talking with companies that wish to fill those spaces."
The 2007 show, in San Jose, California, was the largest to date, featuring 103 exhibitors who collectively occupied 130 booth spaces. So far 134 exhibitors have signed up. That's almost exactly 30% growth over '07 in exhibitors, and 43% growth in booth spaces sold.
On a recent visit to Portland, show organizers noted considerable public, as well as industry, interest in the show in the Pacific Northwest region, extending as far north as Vancouver, BC.
About The North American Handmade Bicycle Show
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is dedicated to showcasing the talents of individuals around the world whose art form is the bicycle. It aims to be a gathering point – online and in person – for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bikes, for the sharing of ideas and promotion of this industry and its traditions. After three years of growing by leaps and bounds, NAHBS 2008 will feature still more exhibitors, consumers and a wealth of seminars. For more information, see

333 Fab, Ahearne Cycles, Ahrens Bicycles, Anvil Bikeworks, Baylis Cycles, Bicycle Forest, Bilenky Cycle Works, Black Cat Bicycles, Black Sheep Fab., BME- Brano Meres Design, Bringheli Bicycles, Brooks, Bruce Gordon Cycles, Calfee Design, Cane Creek, Castellano Design, Challenge USA, Chris King, Cicli Polito, Cicli Zullo, Cloud Nine Design, Coconino Cycles, Columbus/Gruppo Spa, Co-Motion, Continental Tires (Highway Two), Courage Cycles, Crumpton Cycles, Cycle Monkey, da Vinci Designs, Davidson Cycles, Dedacciai, Delta 7 Sports, Desalvo Custom Cycles, Dirt Rag Magazine, Dominguez Cycles, Don Walker Cycles, El Camino Fab, Engin Cycles, Fairing Industrial, Fi`zi:k (Highay Two), Frances Cycles, Full Speed Ahead, Good Times Bicycles, Grognard Bicycle Co., Groovy Cycleworks, Ground Up Designs, Henry James, Hufnagel Cycles, Hunter Cycles, Igleheart Custom Bicycles, Independent Fabrication, Ira Ryan Cycles, Jeff Jones Custom Bicycles, Keith Anderson Cycles, King Cage, Kirk Frameworks ,Kish Fabrication, L.H. Thomson, Landshark Bicycles, Litton Cycles, Llewellyn Custom Bicycles, Luna Cycles, Maietta Cycles, Marcroft Cycles, Marschall, Framework, Momentum Magazine, Monsere Designs, Moots Cycles, Mountain Flyer, Naked Bicycles and Design, Nice Bicycles, Nobilette Cycles, Nova Cycle Supply, Oswald Cycle WorksPacenti Cycle Design, Palermo Cycles, Paragon Machine Works, Paul Component Eng., Peacock, Groove, Pegoretti, Pereira Cycles, Phil Wood & Co., Proletariat Bicycle Co., Rapha Racing, Rebolledo Cycles, Rene Herse Cycles, Renovo Hardwood Bicycles, Retrotec, Rex Cycles, Richard Sachs Cycles, Roark Titanium Bicycles, Rock Lobster, Rohloff USA, Rolf Prima Wheels, Rue Sports, Sadilah, Screen Specialties Shop Ink, Selle Italia/Pronet, Sheila Moon Cycling Apparel, Shimano America Corp., Signal Cycles, Soulcraft, Southwest Frameworks, Spectrum Powderworks, Sputnik Tool, SRAM, Steve Potts, Strong Frames, Sweetpea Bicycles, Sycip Design, Terra Nova Cycles, LLC, Thursday Bicycles, Townsend Cycles, True Fabrication, True Temper Sports, United Bicycle Institute, Vanilla Bicycles, Velocity USA, Vendetta Cycles, Ventana Mountain Bikes, USA, Vertigo Cycles, Vicious Cycles, Villin Cycle Works, Waterford Precision Cycles, Wheel Fanatyk, White Brothers, White Industries, Wolfhound Cycles, Wound Up Composites, Ybarrola Bicycles, Yipsan Bicycles, Zipp Speed Weaponry

Look for Yipsan frames at TBE soon...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Bicycle Escape Family Grows

Yesterday, The Bicycle Escape welcomed a longtime friend and world class mechanic Adam Piece into the TBE clan. You might know him as “the guy who can bunny hop that log at Schaeffer Farms” or “the guy that tuned my suspension fork” or “the jerk that cut me off in his Nissan” but we know him as Adam. Stop by and say hi to our newest crewman and help us make him feel at home. If you want to do some extra kissing up for your next emergency repair, he likes his Sam Adams brew. :) Welcome aboard old friend!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Final Installment

This bright and cheery 29er was built as a demo bike and to be enjoyed by Crazy-Danielle. The 16” built bike weighs 26.69 lbs and has custom blue pin striping on the Fox F-29 fork. Keep your eyes open for this bike. You are likely to see it at the Frederick Watershed or Gambrill State Park. Watch out for the rider though, she gets grumpy when she goes up hills.

Saturday, December 08, 2007


Lucky rider George just got a custom powder coated 29er (decals applied after photo). The color is almost an almond tone that did not show too well in the photo. The frame is dressed with a Brooks saddle and a pair of their leather grips. This 18” 29er weighs in at 26.67lbs. The warm feeling you get when you look at this bike makes you want to reach for some dark chocolate and Grand Marnier. Cheers!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Build Fest

We have been working on a couple of bikes over the past week and now it is time to share them with the world. The next few blog entries will be pictures of the bikes along with a blerb… that’s right folks a BLERB.

The frame pictured was powder coated candy orange and the Thompson stem and Salsa seat clamp were coated in white. The E-13 bash guard and Straightline Components upgrade brake levers are both available in white as a stock option. The 18” bike (w/ pedals) tips the scale at 27.68 lbs. I can’t wait to test this bad boy on the trails.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Long Live the Hard Cores

The Bicycle Escape Gambrill Night ride was well attended in spite of Mother Nature. With 4 inches of snow on the rocks and leaves you might think that the ride would be canceled… not the case. 9 riders were up to the challenge. Unfortunately, I was not one of them. I spent my time wrestling with a snow thrower and shovel. I am glad some of us enjoyed the night.
Thanks to Ian for the picture.