Bishop Bikes

By Nick Legan, velonews

Baltimore, Maryland isn’t known as a hotbed for hand-built bicycles. But Chris Bishop is putting it firmly on the map with his chess piece logo and award-winning framesets. His 1970’s California framebuilder style track bike won Best Steel Construction this year. New for 2012, frames entered in this category had to be unpainted.

Bishop drilled the rear fork ends, custom machined the fork crown and bottom bracket shell, fillet brazed the lugs to sculpt them and then joined tubes using silver brazing. The bike was built to Bishop’s personal dimensions, but added that, “my wife’s pregnant, so everything’s for sale.”

As word gets around about the quality of Bishop’s frames, supporting his new family should get easier and easier.

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