Oregon Manifest’14 – PDX Team to Build Best Commuter Bike

A great read on the 2014 Oregon Manifest and the Portland team competing in this year Design Challenge.  OBCA President, Dave Levy of Ti Cycles will be part of the Portland team and build the final design. – Read More Here

Oregon Builders win NAHBS’14 Awards

Congratulations to Argonaut, Breadwinner, Co-Motion, and English Cycles for taking home awards at the 2014 NAHBS in Charlotte, NC.

See all the NAHBS winners here – Click Here

Reynolds Technology Ltd. First Customer for OBCA/CEN Fork Testing Machine

GOOSE HOLLOW/PORTLAND, Oregon —  Reynolds Technology is the first company to request fork testing from the OBCA.  Reynolds has developed a new range of stainless steel cycle tube, denominated 921, which is a cold worked tube with a tensile strength of over 1000MPa (145,100psi) and is suitable for use in lugged and TIG welded frames.  The 921 material is fatigue resistant, weldable and ductile and the first UK-made road frame has already passed the EN14781 frame fatigue test.  Reynolds has now developed fork blades in stainless 921 and requested the OBCA to perform fatigue tests to the CEN standard.  Reynolds shipped a pair of 921 fork blades to Eric Estlund of Winter Bicycles in Springfield, Oregon to be brazed into a fork crown/steerer brazed by Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bicycle.  Once completed the fork will be tested on the OBCA/CEN fork testing machine and results forwarded to Reynolds in Birmingham, England.

O.B.C.A. Fork Testing Machine Update

The O.B.C.A. is excited to provide an update on the organizations fork testing machine.  As can be seen in the images below, the pneumatics have now been added to the machine.  This fork testing rig is designed to perform all six CEN static and dynamic load tests to bicycle forks.  See video and images below of Fork Tester in action.

Click Here to View Video #1

Fork Test 4











Fork Test 1

Fork Test 2

Fork Test 3 Fork Test 5


O.B.C.A. Fork Testing Machine Progress

This fork testing rig is designed to perform all six CEN static and dynamic load tests to bicycle forks.  The OBCA is grateful for the efforts of FSA in providing headsets and to Dave Levy, Andy Newlands, Andrew Drummond, Ron Sutphin and Spencer Houser for many hours of design and fabrication work on the test rig.  This is still a work in progress as the pneumatics for the dynamic fatigue tests have yet to be applied to the rig.  We anticipate completion in the summer of 2013.

DSC_0011 Fork Rig









DSC_0012 Fork Rig

DSC_0010 Fork Rig

North American Handmade Bicycle Show #NAHBS

Multiple members of the O.B.C.A take home hardware at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver, CO.


NAHBS Award Winners:

Rob English, English Cycles:  Best of show












Eric Estlund, Winter Bicycles:  Best Finish












Gates Carbon Drive Winners:

Rob English, English Cycles:  Best Adventure Bike










Dave Levy, Ti Cycles:  Most Innovative Belted Bike









Congratulations to all!

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OBCA Members,

We are proud to announce that we are now a preferred supplier to the OBCA and its members concerning Silver braze wire and flux. Some of you have already made purchases from us and we have been able to save each of you money on the Silver braze and the flux. Thank you for your business thus far and we look forward to working with each of you and supplying you with the materials you need.

Most everyone is using one of the three alloys listed below:

P&I Part Name:     AWS #:           Also Known As:

SB50Ni2                   BAg-24           50N, Silvaloy A50-N, Braze505

SB56                         BAg-7              SafetySil56, Silvaloy A-56T, Braze560

SA45                         BAg-1              Easy Flo 45, Silvaloy 45

White Flux

Black Flux

We offer these alloys in wire, rod, strip, powder and paste form and in various sizes of each form.

Stock is kept in Cleveland, OH and we offer same day shipping.

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Price breaks are at 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 Troy Ounce quantities.

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Images from 2012 OR Handmade Bicycle Show

The OBCA would like to thank all the Sponsors, Builders, Volunteers and Attendees that made the 2012 OR Handmade Bicycle Show a success.  In addition, thanks to VeloCult for capturing these great images of the 2012 show.

2012 OR Handmade Bike Show – Bicycles at the Show

2012 OR Handmade Bike Show – Builder Portraits

2012 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

Portland, Oregon: On October 20-21, meet some of the Top Frame Builders from around the Great U.S.A.

The 5th Annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show, presented by theOregon Bicycle Constructors Association (O.B.C.A.), features exhibitions showcasing bicycle craftsmen and women from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and beyond. These master framebuilders will display their artistry in a celebration of the handbuilt bicycle.

The two-day exhibition takes place in Portland, OR at Vigor Industries Bldg. 10.  The impressive Swan Island shipyard is just a short pedal or drive from N. Going St & N. Interstate Ave.  Ample bike parking will be provided!

Show Location:
Vigor Industrial Bldg. 10
5555 N. Channel Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Google Map Here

 The show is open to the general public:

October 20 & 21st
Saturday – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday – 11:00am t0 4:00pm

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Entrance to the show is $10 at the door and
children 12 & under are free

Discounted tickets are available for only $8 when you purchase them online by Thursday, October 18th.

Buy Discounted Tickets Here

Win a Rolf Prima ECX Cross Wheelset or multiple great prizes from Full Speed Ahead!  All attendees of the show must register at the door for a chance to win!

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!



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