You could say Paul Brodie has a history of building bikes. Calling this city bike #4265, the number refers to the number of frames he has built over the years with Paul telling us that he has kept records on nearly every frame he has ever built. Paul also mentioned that in previous years he was disappointed that he wasn’t allowed to enter the design competitions with amazing creations like the Whippet from 2012, since he was technically at the show to promote his Frame Building class instead of the bikes.
After gaining the blessing of the show judges to enter the competition, Brodie came prepared with this elegant but extremely functional townie and walked away with the Best City/Utility bike award…
Using a bilaminate construction for the head tube, the steel frame is brazed together with the skill you would expect from someone who has made over 4,000 frames. Nearly every bit of the frame was produced by Brodie including the neat cable guides which bolt into the frame.
Just as you would expect from a professor of frame building at the University of the Fraser Valley, the bike has a number of custom touches including a dedicated computer mount on the fork, integrated light bar for the stem, and custom front and rear racks built around thru axles front and rear. Key to the design of the racks was the ability to accommodate large brake rotors since Brodie wanted to run a 203 front and 180mm rear.
The giant chainring spinning a Rohloff rear hub caps off the winning build.