If you’ve dropped by the shop recently, you may have noticed some construction happening at the shop. That’s because we are now roommates with CraftMNL! And they have done a great job renovating the workshop space.

Their signage and tiles are actually made of construction paper pasted on the wall with gawgaw!

This is the view coming in from our side:

Inside the workshop area, you have a view of Hocus bikes:

In preparation for the first CraftMNL screen printing workshop, we made a couple of test screens and exposure tests. Here’s our first exposure : 

Followed by an edition of these fellows:

Let’s not forget about what we’ve been working on for HOCUS newoldbikes…

Keepin’ it busy!

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Flashbacks and Updates

Hocus is going to look a little different in the coming weeks…

Which made me want to go through some photos of the shop when we first started.

Here’s what we looked like 2 years ago

Then, at the end of 2010

Here’s a little peek at what’s happening now

More details coming soon!

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Track Ends

We’ve designed some new track ends! Decades from now, when your kids find a rusty old bike, and can’t find any badge or decals to identify it, these steel track ends will tell them it was from Hocus.

Here’s a little something to geek out on: A track end (or track forkend) is not synonymous with dropout. A dropout is a type of forkend that allows the wheel to be removed from the frame or literally “dropped out”, without taking out the chain first. The opening of track forkends face the rear, so the wheel is removed by pulling it back, which is why the chain needs to be derailed before the wheel can be taken off. We’ve been assembling bikes for 2 years now, and I just discovered this little bit of information. Don’t judge me. Thank you Sheldon Brown for once again, clearing up the confusion.

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The bike with a face

This bike came to the shop for some repairs about a month ago. Took awhile before we could find out where it got its face.

The face is a bike accessory called Stick Face, made by a company called Bikelangelo. They had other designs, like these ones:

(source: http://homepage2.nifty.com/mamoroute/tinpin-parts.htm)

It’s too bad Bikelangelo doesn’t exist anymore. And there isn’t much about them on the intarwebs. Only found one other bike that had a Stick Face:

(source: ratrodbikes.com forum)

And found this from a thread on bikeforums (http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-256924.html) It’s a post by one of the Bikelangelo co-owners:

“It’s an aftermarket thing from a company I co-owned called Bikelangelo. One real fan of these faces is Brian Bayless. He may have put one on the Benotto during a re-paint. Or I may have done it and just don’t remember it. … I think we sold something like 3,000 of them during the course of Bikelangelo. But if you keep it long enough, it may become a valuable collectors item!… Again, we sold a few thousand of them with instructions on how to either mold them on (as yours is) or paint & stick them.”

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The frame that flew to Singapore

About a month ago, we got an email from Lisa who was visiting the Philippines from Singapore. She was looking for a track frame and other fixed gear parts she could buy while she was in town. We sent her some photos of what we had and after emailing each other a couple of times, we met up at the shop. She was telling us that though there are many fixie shops in Singapore, she would rather build her bike with parts from different countries or places she happens to be visiting during her work trips. Makes for a great bike, with an interesting story and history. We couldn’t agree more.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a bike frame her size. I told her that if I came across a bike frame her size before she left for Singapore (which was in 2 days) I’d let her know. But I think we both knew that chances were slim.

BUT 2 days later, framebuilder Ave Maldea randomly tells us he’s got a lugged chromoly frame we might be interested in, and it’s exactly the size Lisa is looking for! What are the odds? And we find out the same day Lisa is flying back to Singapore! We quickly email her a photo, and once she decides to get it, we wrap it up so that she could pick it up at the shop – on the way to the airport! She didn’t even get to see it in person before bringing it home!

Here’s the frame made by Maldea. It’s chromoly steel, lugged, made for 700C wheels and standard sized fork. Story is, Maldea made this frame when he was still working over at Rey’s workshop (Rey was once a framebuilder for the now defunct Kairuz MBM/Patria bicycles) The frame found it’s way back to Maldea and it was resized and frame ends converted for fixed gear/singlespeed use.

And if I’m not mistaken, her wheelset was done at Tryon, one of our favorite bike shops.

Now Lisa’s bike is complete and it looks like a great setup. We love that she kept the frame in it’s raw state, this way you can see the craftsmanship and care taken in making it, and nice touch with the gold head parts and chain to match the brazing!

Thank you Lisa for sending us photos of the completed bike!