To enhance cyclists’ riding experience worldwide through the optimum fit, function, and performance of their bicycles.
High-performance road, mountain, cyclocross, touring, tandem, triathlon and commuting bikes. We also offer carbon, titanium and aluminum components, as well as softgoods.
Material options include:
Sylvan Cycles makes innovative, beautiful, high-performance bicycles from sustainable wood composite materials. Our proprietary wood composite technology enables us to engineer frames that bring together a rare combination of performance, ride quality, and sustainability. Or as a customer puts it: “drop-dead gorgeous, a blast to ride, and green by design” We skillfully combine local, sustainably harvested materials, bio-sourced resin adhesives and stainless steel with a level of craft and artistry that reflects our backgrounds as framebuilders, luthiers, and cabinetmakers. Sylvan offers a complete line of bicycles and framesets, from road through mountain, to your daily commuter ride. Sylvan Cycles, llc is based in Amherst, Massachusetts. Sylvan was founded by John Fabel and Sam Kelley, and has a wonderfully expanding tribe of partners, including master fabricators George Combs and Mike Gerulitas.
Sylvan was formed from a love of bicycles combined with expertise in green materials, grounded in a long history of bicycle design and innovation. For example, John had the chance to work with bicycle design iconoclast Mike Burrow in the early 1980’s, and past bicycle related projects include helping to develop the Xtracycle, panniers for Madden, a patented electric drive system, and so on. Master welder George Combs began welding frames for Mongoose in the 1970’s, and has since made hundreds of frames. Master craftsman Sam Kelley is noted for his work with green materials and structural timberframe design. Sustainable design and socially-responsible business practice have also been long been driving themes in our work, and includes pioneering examples of sustainable product design and business practice.
“Using Bicycles to Go Places…”
Sylvan also comes out of our love and concern for the places we ride, and what kind of world we’re all bringing forward. In the big picture, we see both bicycles and businesses as potentially powerful tools for change. Sustainable design and socially-responsible business practice have repeatedly been driving themes in our work, and Sylvan is a continuing arc in this trajectory. If we are going to head in a more sustainable direction, how do we actually do it? As such Sylvan is not just about beautiful bicycles, but also about finding ways forward, and creating touchable, workable and delightful examples of the possible.]]>
A League of American Wheelmen Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business]]>
Mary Bergman, the superb seamstress for Hell Yes Clothing produces our line of Re-Knicks – fine twill, wool, and corduroy pants recycled into Knickers. They are perfect for around town or even on the golf course in the summer or snowshoeing in the winter. Mary also produces our Urban Cycling Vest made from the best softshell fabrics in the world from Schoeller in Switzerland.
In addition we’ll have a very cool selection of our cycling, snap brim, military-style, and ball cap style hats, belts from Tired Ol’Belts and other interesting stuff.
Hell Yes Clothing is a division of the Fixed Gear Gallery www.fixedgeargallery.com which is the world’s leading fixed gear website with over 10,000 viewer-submitted photos, plus articles, contests, event coverage and way more. The Fixed Gear Gallery has published thousands of photos from the last three North American Handmade Bicycle Shops in San Jose, Portland, and Indianapolis. It’ll be our pleasure to cover the show again in 2010 so if you are unable to attend, you’ll still be able to see photos of work from your favorite framebuilders.
The Fixed Gear Gallery…1200 West Eleventh Street…Traverse City, Michigan 49684…231-342-1546…firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming Next Summer in Traverse City
TraVELOcity – A Summer Cycling Festival that will include The 5th Annual Fixed Gear Symposium with over 10 urban-style events, The Cherry-Roubaix Criterium and Road Race Series, The Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival, The Twim Bay Cyclocross Race, plus bicycle movies in our beautufully restored downtown State Theatre which is host for The Traverse City Film Festival. All this takes place in our beautiful resort town on Grand Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan with hundreds of miles of great road riding, an extensive off-road trail system, plus local wineries, great downtown restaurants and a vibrant arts community. Check www.fixedgeargallery.com for info and we hope to see you in August.
Dennis, Katy, and Carl Bean-Larson
This old world model of the “in house” frame builder as a component of a quality bike shop inspired Peter, (and like minded partners), to open the first Wheelworks store in 1977. Peter has enjoyed the position of building lugged steel frames under his own name ever since. 35 years on Peter still loves to ride his bike. Keeping up his mileage with commuting, (year round), an occasional cycle tour or time trial.
There are so many reasons to love bicycles. These range from their simple practicallity to object of art.
I’m proud that bikes have been, and continue to be such a huge part of my life.”
Look forward to seeing you in Richmond………………….Sincerely, Peter Mooney]]>