Monday, January 04, 2010

Flashback Fabrications

I've been meaning to post this for a while.

Paul Brodie is somewhat of a legend around here. There was a day when his name was synonymous with 'The bicycle group' Kona, and Brodie bikes.

Back then it was all steel, and the bicycle group was pushing the 'sloping top tube', unicrown forks, and other MTB industry changing ideas (including double strap toe clips!).

I'm not sure when it happened, but Paul got out of Brodie bikes a little while ago. That's understandable. The brand still has power, and they make some really great aluminum race frames. Just ask Morgan.

Anyways, the reason I post this, is because I saw a post on Craigslist by the man himself. He was selling all of his jigs used on Brodie bikes. wow. Thats a lot of BC MTB history in one garage.

A friend and I sort of joked about going halfsies on the stuff, but still, too much $$$$ for me.

I was in Super Champion recently, discussing fabrication and he came up again. Tyler Lepore had seen the post, and was tempted as well. Then we started talking about fabrication and motorbikes.. Apparently this is what Paul is up to these days!

Flashback Fabrications

Just incredible! Have a look through his site. He's making EVERYTHING from scratch! I'm inspired.

1 comment:

Nick said...

When board trackers are going for over a cool half-million dorra (, getting out of the bike industry and into motorcycle resto-fabbing was a brilliant business move instead of trying to make a go of it in the near-dead domestically-built hardtail market.