When I was first scrolled down the list of exhibitors that were going to be at NAHBS this year, I was most excited to see Chapman Cycles on the list. I'd long admired the style of the bikes Brian builds and during our discussion I learned that in addition to being incredibly talented he's also one of the most humble builders out there. It is his tasteful eye and steady hand that imprint the Chapman aesthetic on each frame, from tube cutting to paint. Although he downplays it during the interview, Brian won the Best Tandem award at the 2018 NAHBS, with a jaw-dropping tandem AND cargo trailer combination. In spite of being an incredible work of art, the tandem was not a one-off show bike built for the sole purpose of competing at NAHBS, it is Brian's personal family bike that gets regularly ridden.
In this episode Brian talks about getting started as a builder at Circle A Cycles in Providence, Rhode Island learning under Chris Bull, about his small shop in Pawtuxet Village, about his first BMX bike and scoring shop tools at bike swaps.