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

Open Board Position

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association has an open position on the Board.  Throughout the year, the O.B.C.A. board members have an integral role as they guide the overall direction of the organization, organizes the annual OR Handmade Bicycle Show, and make key decisions to grow and benefit the Oregon Framebuilder community.

Current Board Members:

Dave Levy – President (Ti Cycles www.ticycles.com)

Eric Estlund – Vice President (Winter Bicycles winterbicycles.com)

Andy Newlands – Treasurer (Terra Nova Cycles www.strawberrybicycle.com)

Brooke Stehley – Board Member (Rolf Prima www.rolfprima.com)

If you are an Oregon Constructor/Framebuilder or Oregon Bicycle Industry member of the OBCA and would like to play an active role in the O.B.C.A. by joining the Board, please email info@oregonframebuilders.org

The O.B.C.A. is a non profit 501c6.

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!

Preferred Supplier of O.B.C.A.: The Prince & Izant Co.








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.

Pricing is dependent upon the Silver market the day of order and the quantity being purchased.

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

For over 80 years the Prince & Izant Companies have been a leading manufacturer in the metal joining industry. We have grown to become a global source for any industry that utilizes brazing, soldering and welding processes to assist in product realization. Our primary focus is supplying high purity metal joining products to worldwide customers. We are AS9100 and  IS09001 certified. 

Please contact me today to discuss your needs.


Kevin P. Linich

New Business Development
1-800-275-6963 x 266
1-216-362-7456 F
1-216-644-6222 M
Prince / Izant Co.
12999 Plaza Dr
Cleveland, Ohio 44130
P: 216-362-7000

For Sale: Marchetti ML101 & ML103 Machines

Marchetti is advertising the following “second hand” machines to members of the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association.

MCL 101 Info

MCL 103 Info

If interested in pricing or other questions, please send email to Monica Marchetti at info@marchettispa.it


2011 OR Handmade Bicycle Show rolls into Bend

In just a few days, the OR Handmade Bicycle Show rolls into Bend, Oregon as part of the Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival.   What is the Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival? A weekend of:  Cross Crusade Races (including a Cross Super-D race on Friday), Bike Art Culture, Great Local Beer, and Handmade Bikes. View the entire weekend schedule here:  Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival.

About the Show:

The O.B.C.A. is excited to welcome over 30 builders from Oregon, Washington, California, and Utah to the show hall at GoodLife Brewing.  Veterans and new talent will display their work side by side in a celebration of the handmade bicycle.  Click here to Preview the Frame Builders on display this year.

Show Info & Tickets:

Saturday, 10/29:  10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, 10/30: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets are $10 at the door.  Children 12 & under are free.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at a discount thru 10/26:  Purchase Advanced Tickets. Event proceeds benefit the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association – non-profit 501(c)(6).

All attendees can enter to win a Rolf Prima ECX Wheel Set!

Special thanks to the Sponsors of the 2011 OR Handmande Bicycle Show:

Visit Bend, Point West Credit Union, Rolf Prima, Dirt Rag & Bicycling Times, GoodLife Brewing Co.

Oregon Constructors excel at OR Manifest Design Challenge

Congratulations to the framebuilders who participated in the 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructors Design Challenge this weekend.  The event challenged builders to design the “Ultimate Utility Bike.”   In addition to building the “Ultimate Utility Bike” the bikes were sent out on a 50-mile field test that began in Buxton, Oregon and finished at Chris King Headquarters in NW Portland.
The honor of top design goes to three Portland, Oregon based and O.B.C.A. members.
1. Tony Pereira, Pereira Cycles of Portland, OR
2. Rob Tsunehiro, Tsunehiro Cycles of Portland, OR
3. Chris King, Cielo Cycles of Portland, OR
In addition to the top builder submissions, the University of Oregon won the best “Student Design” category.  This team was mentored by OBCA Board President, Dave Levy of Ti Cycles in Portland, OR.
An excellent write up and slideshow of the event can be viewed at BikePortland.org – Click Here
More info on the builder challenge can be found at www.OregonManifest.com
Special Thanks to KingCycleGroup for sharing the images of the 2011 Oregon Manifest.

2011 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show Announcement

(Bend, OR): Handmade bicycles and bicycle related crafts, the artisans that build them and professionals representing the craft and culture of bicycling will converge at the 4th Annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show October 29-30, 2011 at Noble Brewing in Bend, Oregon. Bicycle frame building companies throughout the United States & abroad are all invited and welcome to showcase their wares alongside the best frame builders in Oregon.

2011 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show - Bend

In 2010, the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show included 40 builders and welcomed over 2,500 attendees for the two day event. The 2011 show promises to again feature the country’s finest bicycles and related artisanal bicycle products. This year, the show is excited to be accepting the invitation to be a part of the 2011 Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival in Bend, Oregon. Halloween Cross Crusade is a huge weekend of festivities including cyclocross races on Saturday & Sunday which welcome over 1,000 racers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“OBCA is very excited about the opportunity to bring the Oregon Handmade Bike Show to Bend,” said David Levy, President of the OBCA. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of Oregon’s bicycle builders in a new region of the state and we’re confident our partnership with Visit Bend and the Cyclocross Crusade will increase the attendance of our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

“Visit Bend is honored and thrilled to host the Oregon Handmade Bike Show,” said Doug La Placa, President of Visit Bend. “In conjunction with the Halloween Cross Crusades, Bend will be hosting two of the largest and most prestigious cycling events in the Pacific Northwest over the Halloween weekend. The events will provide a timely boost to Bend’s tourism industry and will be a ton of fun for the local community.”

The 2011 OR Handmade Bicycle Show will include the two-day frame builder exhibition, plus seminars, local entertainment and socializing.

Full details for this year’s show are available at www.OregonHandmadeBicycleShow.com. Exhibitor applications, sponsorship opportunities and ticket information will be available in Spring 2011. For immediate inquiries, contact Aaron McBride at show@oregonframebuilders.org

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, is a non-profit 501(c)(6) mutual benefit organization that promotes the Oregon handmade bicycle through support of Oregon-based bicycle frame builders.

O.B.C.A., 1535 SW 17th Ave., Portland, OR, 97201

The Show is Here!

Builders are on their way, booths are being set up and we are thrilled to kick off the 3rd Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show! See you this weekend!

OR Handmade Bicycle Show – Exhibitor Registration Open


Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show features handmade bicycles, their builders, and educational programming for professionals & the public.

Oregon’s premiere event showcasing the handmade bicycle will include the two-day frame builder exhibition in the Sandbox Studio, plus seminars on bicycle fit, continuing educational programs for the bicycle professional, local entertainment and socializing.


Exhibitor Registration:

Registration for the 2010 show is simple.  Download the Exhibitor Registration form here.  Early bird pricing is in effect until August 1, 2010.  After August 1, 2010 pricing increases by $100.  In 2009, Exhibition Space sold out, so complete your registration today to ensure inclusion at the show.

Show Website: www.OregonHandmadeBicycleShow.com

For additional show information, contact Show@oregonframebuilders.org