Featured Builders: Groovy Cycleworks
So many great frame builders feature our products that we wanted to share some of their amazing bikes with you. Our Featured Builders page is where we'll highlight some great bikes.
Our first Featured Builder is Groovy Cycleworks.
Rody Walter, Groovy's army of one, began building frames in Center Hall, PA in the early '90s, so he brings a tremendous amount of experience to his designs—and it shows. There's something inherently classic about Groovy's bikes, even as Rody's pushing into entirely new designs.
Here's a few words Rody had for us about the amazing bike you see below, a bike Rody originally described as "a curvy 29er inspired by my customer's 50's Mecury station wagon . . . Midnight Metallic Blue, white top, woodgrain panels, and styling wheels. I'm pretty sure that the wagon had tubes though."
"The bike is a custom 29er that had some very specific design elements: Keith [the customer] wanted an aggressive race bike with short stays and generous stand over, but with design elements that were reminesent of his families vintage station wagon he grew up riding around in. This request was achieved by utilizing a curved top tube and stays to represent the roof line and sexy rear end of the wagon, an airbrushed wood grain panel on the downtube and paint transitions that matched the gentle curves to pointed ends of the original paneled sides.
"Modern updates included the use of a 44 ID headtube to allow for longevity despite what type of fork/steerer he may use, a direct mount front derailleur, a chain stay mounted disc brake to keep the lines clean, and a segmented rear end to allow for the rear wheel to be tucked in a close as possible without interferring with the short (12.5-inch) seat tube. A King Inset headset kept the overall handlebar height low and the Stan's Arch EX wheels will offer a durable wheelset that provides flat resistant rolling for miles...bet his old wagon did not have that!"
You can read more about this bike in Rody's blog, and you can find out more about that incredible paint on his blog, too.
You can find more photos of the bike at the NAHBS site.