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2012 NAHBS Seminars:
March 2, 2012
So You Want to Mount Decals:
12:00PM to 12:45PM
GaryPrange
Screen Specialty Shop has been producing bicycle decals for close to thirty years now. For the first ten years SSSink was a one man shop located in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was introduced the the world of bicycle decals by the late Dave Tesch. The American custom frame builders did not have a good source for graphics for their creations. which are generally screen printed, and I was a screen printer. That is we it began. In 1989 I packed up my young family and moved the the mountains of North Carolina. My family grew, and so did the business. The large bicycle companies found out about our products and we continued to grow. We then got involved with other sporting goods industries and grew more. Then a certain president said it was time to convert from a manufacturing economy to a financial services economy, and SSSink has again become a small company catering to the needs of artisans who actually take pride in making something.

Gary Prange of Screen Specialty Shop, Inc will be discussing the various forms of decals and which will work best for your application.  This seminar is for builders and painters and will discuss the possibilities and pitfalls of branding your frames. Wet paint and powdercoating will be compared from a graphic standpoint.

Finishing Brass Fillets Dynafile Style:
1:00PM to 1:45PM
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John Slawta
Landshark

John Slawta of Landshark will discuss and demonstrate different techniques and tricks when using a Dynafile for finishing brass fillets. John Slawta’s early ambition was to become a professional artist and after high school, received a scholarship from the Pasadena School of Art and Design. Prior to art school and while attending community college he began building bicycle frames in his parents’ tool shed. To his surprise, someone wanted to buy his custom built frames and the Landshark phenomena began. John’s big break came in 1986 when a group of professional riders including Andy Hampsten and former U.S. Olympic cycling team coach Roy Knickman ordered frames. Landsharks popularity grew and soon appeared on the international racing circuit. Landsharks have raced in the Tour de France and ridden to victory in both the Giro d’Italia and the U.S. Pro Championships.

The Present and Future of Handmade Bicycles:
2:00PM to 2:45PM

A candid conversation with a panel of the industry’s top builders, business leaders and retailers – including Richard Sachs, Mike DeSalvo, Craig Calfee, Gary Smith of Independent Fabrication and Diane Lees of HubBub Custom Bicycles. Hosted by Bicycling magazine, this session is sure to offer plenty of insight and commentary on a range of current and forward-looking issues, including: how builders can stand out amidst growing competition, the impact of rapidly evolving industry standards, key growth areas and how the market can capitalize on recent momentum, customer wait times, the importance of bike fit, and much more.

Led by Bicycling Magazine Contributing Editor and “Boulder Report” blogger Joe Lindsey, attendees will come away with a stronger sense of the key issues for both customers and builders, and what the present and future holds for handmade bikes.  Brief audience Q&A to follow panel session.

BIKE BUILDING – BUSINESS BASICS:
3:00PM to 3:45PM
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Lora VanDixhorn
Westlake Insurance
Lora VanDixhorn is a highly-acclaimed authority in the bicycle industry, insuring large retail bike distributors, manufactures and importers, as well as the smallest part-time custom bike builders for 25 years. She attends local custom bike conventions as well as Interbike yearly, is an invited guest speaker at many conferences and conventions, and is President of ISU Insurance Services of Westlake in California. Her company is licensed in every State for all forms of insurance, with an attentive and professional staff. They access more than 200 insurance companies for the best rates and the broadest coverage, tailored to each client’s needs. Come to this seminar with your business concerns and questions. Ask the expert!
  • Buying Components and Subcontracting Work – Am I responsible for their parts or their work?
  • How do I protect myself and my family assets?
  • Selling Overseas – Why not? What could go wrong?
  • How do I prevent problems? Warehouse vs. In-House – Who is responsible for my inventory?
  • What are pitfalls and advantages of renting space vs. my garage? What should I look for in the lease?
  • Working with Quality, Seattle Bike Supply, J&B and Others. Corporation, LLC, or Sole Proprietor – Which should I use?

And much more……

Learn key simple ideas to SET UP YOUR BUSINESS, PREVENT PROBLEMS in the future, and REDUCE INSURANCE COSTS. Before you start, protect yourself and your family financially.

March 3, 2012
The Way We Were:
10:00AM to 10:45AM
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Tom Ritchey
Ritchey Design

Tom Ritchey is a former national level racer, passionate rider and resourceful product designer with a unique, common sense approach to building the best road and mountain components available.

Tom was on the scene with other pioneers in the early days of mountain biking and he saw numerous ways to improve the equipment they were using. But his desire to build better parts wasn’t rooted in some grand business plan – many parts simply didn’t exist and the ones that did required substantial improvement. Tom saw an opportunity to develop lighter, stronger, better components.

Starting in high school, Tom was focused on saving weight without compromising the strength of the racing bicycles he built for himself. Over the years Tom’s focus has shifted from frame building to component design, but his obsession with functional, lightweight and reliable equipment has not wavered.

Tom’s interest in adventurous travel while having his own bike available, led him to create the perfect solution – the Break-Away travel bike, which easily checks through as personal luggage.

A knack for developing and refining manufacturing processes and using the best resources available has furthered Ritchey’s reputation as one of the most prolific component manufacturers in the industry. Many Ritchey designs and manufacturing methods have become industry standards. The success of Ritchey products in international competition has validated Tom’s ideas and generated valuable feedback to further refine and develop new Ritchey products.

Tom still puts in 10,000 miles a year on his bike, constantly thinking of ways to make it better. These miles of experience and unending passion for bicycles shine through in every detail of a Ritchey component.

High Performance Titanium:
11:00AM to 11:45AM
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Butch Boucher
Moots

Moots Product Development veteran Butch Boucher will be giving a talk on High Performance Titanium.  Butch has an extensive background in the bicycle industry and uses his vast knowledge to best design products that connect rider and machine for a seamless feel and unparalleled ride quality. Butch worked extensively in steel during his “formidable” years, which gave him the understanding of how a truly good riding bicycle should perform.  From there his attention was fully focused on titanium to replace steel as his material of choice in frame construction.  Butch has played a key role in Moots latest product development push to evolve titanium to higher levels of performance. That effort has resulted in the RSL and Divide line of bikes.

Butch cut his teeth in the bike industry in 1984 and since then has played a crucial role for two small handbuilt frame companies, Co-Motion Cycles (which he co-founded in 1987) and Moots (1996-present). He was in the very first Ti frame builder’s class at UBI in 1992, taught by Gary Helfrich.  Butch has over 20 years of titanium experience and has been surrounded by many others within Moots who have intimate knowledge with the magic metal.

Butch will be covering topics ranging from how titanium has evolved over the years in the bicycle industry, where titanium is today as well as the philosophies, principles and techniques Moots adheres to in designing and building their frames.

Wheels Make All Of This Possible – Wood Rim Renaissance:
12:00PM to 12:45PM
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Ric Hjertberg
Wheel Fanatyk
Nature’s composite, wood, was the exclusive material for road and track racing rims for over 70 years. Following the aluminum age, we’re entering an era of carbon fiber. Today’s cycling aficionado’s have an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy all 3 materials. The Cermenati family in Italy, with 4 generations of wood rim experience, has restarted their artisan production. Aluminum rims are ever more sophisticated and carbon fiber is delivering unapproached performance and weight. Ric will explain why wood’s fans were so crazy about the ride quality, light weight, and reliability. Is this success a clue about the rising popularity of carbon fiber? Learn why bicycle wheels are so fundamentally different from other cycling components and so well served by composites. Ric will show some little known examples of influential wheels, old and new. Find out why bicycle wheels have been called the most ingenious contrivance in all of human engineering and come away with a few tips about your own

Ric Hjertberg founder of Mad Fiber and, as Wheel Fanatyk, representative of Ghisallo wood rims is widely known for many fundamental improvements in wheel design.  Ric will be presenting  an example-packed survey of the contemporary wheel scene, with particular attention to the  historic and artistic topics that so heavily affect the hand built bicycle with a story to tell.  The more authenticity, craftsmanship and artistry, the better!

Designing Bikes for Developing Countries:
1:00PM to 1:45PM
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Craig Calfee
Calfee Design
Craig Calfee started building carbon frames in 1987, when “plastic bikes” weren’t very popular. Greg LeMond discovered Calfee’s bikes in 1991 and that meeting introduced Craig into the world of fussy professional racers. Being a custom frame specialist, Calfee became familiar with the limitations of sizing programs and adjustable fitting bikes. Framebuilder Bernie Mikkelsen had been working on a better sizer for many years when Calfee proposed to help bring it into production. A deal was struck and now there is a steel fabrication corner in Calfee’s carbon fiber frame shop. That is where the Calfee Sizer is produced. Now it’s easy to obtain the exact geometry needed for a custom frame.

Craig Calfee has been challenged with the question:  “What is the best bicycle design for developing countries?” for many years.  Since 2007, he has made 10 trips to Africa, nurturing his bamboo bike brand, Bamboosero, to produce for the export market.  But he hasn’t forgotten the local market.  During those trips, he has become involved with several bicycle development projects and researched what the important issues are in designing bikes for the bottom billion.  The results will surprise you!  Leave all assumptions at the door and attend this in depth look at a fascinating design problem.

Introduction to Brazing:
2:00PM to 2:45PM
Wade Barocsi
Cycle Design
Wade Barocsi is a Welding and Metallurgy Instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury CT. Wade started building frames in 1987 and has been a well known member of the framebuilding community for many years. He became the Director of Cycle Design in 2010. At Cycle Design he is responsible for alloy and flux formulations, product use protocols, and builder education.

Have you ever considered building a bicycle frame?  If so, this talk is for you. Wade Barocsi is a Welding and Metallurgy Instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT. Director of Cycle Design, responsible for alloy and flux formulations, product use protocols, and builder education. Wade started building frames in 1987 and has been a well known member of the frame building community for many years. Wade will discuss different construction methods, their advantages and disadvantages and prepare you for the journey toward your own custom bicycle.

 

Forming and Fabricating with MS2™, and MS2™ Exogrid™:
3:00PM to 3:45PM
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Joe McCrink
KVA Stainless
KVA STAINLESS™ processed martensitic stainless steel tubing is Precision Made in U.S.A. for high-performance bicycle frame applications. Already proven by KVA STAINLESS™ in other industries, patented KVA STAINLESS™ martensitic stainless structural tubing can now be integrated into high performance bicycle frames to reduce weight, increase strength and stiffness, at significant cost decreases over competitive materials. Located in southern California, KVA STAINLESS™ is a growing R&D venture focused on developing and promoting uses for lightweight, ultra high-strength, low cost, stainless steel alloys. KVA STAINLESS™ technical staff, with a combined 60 years experience in heat treating, metallurgy, automated welding, brazing, and mechanical design, have developed numerous proprietary and patent-pending processing and manufacturing methods to enable the use of lightweight, corrosion-resistant, hardened stainless steel components throughout a wide variety of industries.

MS2™ tubing and its combination of high strength, ductility and excellent ride qualities, makes it a go too steel material.  Learn how high levels of formability can create the customized frame design riders are looking for.  KVA STAINLESS™ will also be introducing a new line of MS2™ Exogrid™ tubing, using carbon reinforcing technology within stainless steel tubing for the first time!  This new tubing will offer a unique blend of frame stiffness and responsiveness… it’s a ride quality that you’ll want to see for yourself.  We discuss the fabrication techniques that are commonly used, how proper prep and setup can give you the confidence, quality and efficiency in fabricating MS2™ into a wide variety of frame designs for road and off road bikes.

Are Lighter Bikes Faster?:
4:00PM to 4:45PM
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Bill McCready
Santana Cycles
With experience gained from a decade of racing, touring, wrenching and owning a pro bike shop, Bill McCready became an Associate Editor for Bicycling magazine. While at Bicycling he produced the magazine’s first comparison road test. Overtaken by a passion to create tandems with higher levels of performance, Bill resigned from the magazine to form Santana, a company that relies on testing, innovation and engineering to retain its #1 position in tandems. Santana’s frames (all handbuilt in California) utilize scandium, niobium, titanium and weldable carbon.

This presentation starts with a demonstration of Santana’s frame efficiency testing device. Designed in Germany by Manfred Otto of EFB Prüftechnik, Similar “Otto” frame testing devices are being used by leading builders and Tour de France teams to determine a frame’s relative efficiency. With this device it’s easy to understand why the lightest frames are not the fastest!

Is there an emerging technology for frame design that’s more important than weight, stiffness or aerodynamics? Bilaminate damping™—relatively new to cycling—is being used by Boeing, Ford, and at least three Tour de France teams. If you attend this seminar you’ll learn how to build (or buy) a higher performance UCI-legal frame that, in effect, weighs less than zero.

March 4, 2012
Professional Frame Building – How to make it happen:
9:00AM to 10:00AM
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Kent Eriksen and Katie Lindquist
Kent Eriksen Cycles
Kent Eriksen epitomizes the entrepreneurial spirit, starting from his youth. Arriving in Steamboat Springs in the 1974, it was to be a stop in his year off between high school and college. After starting a bicycle repair and retail shop known as Sore Saddle Cyclery, college still waits. It was inside this cone-shaped shop where Eriksen began fabricating the first generation of mountain bikes, pre mass production frames under the Moots brand. Kent developed Moots cycles into one of the finest titanium frame manufacturers with a worldwide reputation for attention to detail, function and design. In 2005, Eriksen left Moots to start his own signature brand; creating custom designed bikes under the name Kent Eriksen Cycles. Today, this award winning business produces titanium bicycles, evacuation equipment for the ski industry and adaptive equipment for disabled skiers and cyclists.

Kent Eriksen and Katie Lindquist, partners in both business and life, own and operate Kent Eriksen Cycles in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. As founder of Moots cycles, Sore Saddle Cyclery and now Kent Eriksen Cycles, Kent has assembled 37 years of insight, experience and humility in frame building. Lindquist utilizes her organizational skills and science background to keep the momentum and direction of the business fluid.

Together, Eriksen and Lindquist will deliver a “how to” presentation on what it takes to start, maintain and participate in the frame building business. In a sometimes serious, sometimes amusing forum the two will present listeners guidance on the definition of success, moving targets, distractions and gleaning knowledge and hind sight from their mistakes and successes.

Wheels Make All Of This Possible – Handmade Bicycle Wheels:
11:00AM to 11:45AM
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Ric Hjertberg
Wheel Fanatyk
Nature’s composite, wood, was the exclusive material for road and track racing rims for over 70 years. Following the aluminum age, we’re entering an era of carbon fiber. Today’s cycling aficionado’s have an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy all 3 materials. The Cermenati family in Italy, with 4 generations of wood rim experience, has restarted their artisan production. Aluminum rims are ever more sophisticated and carbon fiber is delivering unapproached performance and weight. Ric will explain why wood’s fans were so crazy about the ride quality, light weight, and reliability. Is this success a clue about the rising popularity of carbon fiber? Learn why bicycle wheels are so fundamentally different from other cycling components and so well served by composites. Ric will show some little known examples of influential wheels, old and new. Find out why bicycle wheels have been called the most ingenious contrivance in all of human engineering and come away with a few tips about your own

Ric Hjertberg founder of Mad Fiber and, as Wheel Fanatyk, representative of Ghisallo wood rims is widely known for many fundamental improvements in wheel design.  Ric will be presenting  an example-packed survey of the contemporary wheel scene, with particular attention to the  historic and artistic topics that so heavily affect the hand built bicycle with a story to tell.  The more authenticity, craftsmanship and artistry, the better!

Tooling Around:
12:00PM to 12:45PM
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Don Ferris
Anvil Bikeworks

Don Ferris, owner of Anvil Bikeworks, has been a leading supplier of framebuilding tools and fixtures to the bicycle industry since 1999.  Don will share his experience and knowledge in framebuilding, machine shop practices, and tool manufacture with a special emphasis on design, modulartity, and metrology.

BikeCAD-EMY:
1:00PM to 1:45PM
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Brent Curry
Bicycle Forest

Brent Curry, the developer of  BikeCAD and BikeCAD Pro, will give an overview of  BikeCAD’s basic functionality and describe the new features of BikeCAD version 8.O.  Whether you’re a framebuilder, shop owner or bike fit specialist, Brent will explain all that you need to know to get the most out of  BikeCAD. BikeCAD is constantly being updated. Come to this seminar to learn what new features are being planned and to suggest ideas of your own.

The Art of Welding Titanium:
2:00PM to 2:45PM
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Steve Potts will be talking about the important aspects of making a strong , reliable, and beautiful titanium weld. Steve Potts has been building bicycles for 32 years and is one of the few builders that does all of the processes of the build from start to finish on each bike.  Steve is also one of the original founders of WTB, a component and design company that made some pretty nice stuff for the new world of mountain bikes back in the early 80′s. In his bike building career he has built with steel and titanium but his focus has primarily been on titanium for the last 20 years. Steve is still building custom titanium bikes and some new titanium components that compliments his custom bike line that he builds one at a time.

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