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Old 08-07-2013, 09:22 AM
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Crisp Titanium has been at the front of the Paceline for a while now but its time for Darren to peel off and let Santa Barbara, CA based builder Aaron Stinner of Stinner Frameworks come to the front to take a pull. So, this week keep your wheels close and watch Stinner Frameworks...

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Hi, my name is Aaron Stinner and I'm the driving force behind Stinner Frameworks. Stinner Frameworks has been a natural progression for all my life. I've worked on and around bikes for longer than I can remember. I wanted to bring something to the table that I felt I wasn't finding in the custom bicycle world. After racing bicycles for most of my life and fitting hundreds of people on bicycles, I realized that I had a wealth of knowledge to bring to the industry. I started building and designing frames for friends and family and it quickly snowballed to building for customers. My goal with Stinner Frameworks is to deliver a high quality bicycle that meets the needs of the rider. After I won Rookie of the Year at NAHBS in 2011, my business has taken off and I have had the opportunity to build bicycles for some of the best customers a builder could ask for. My material of choice is steel and I use Tig Welding and Fillet Brazing as my two preferred joining techniques. If you have any questions or just want to talk about bikes, feel free to contact me.
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·Aaron was kind enough to answer a list of questions for us that are a mix of standards and member contributions...plus a few off-the-wall thrown into the mix. Our hope was to convey the builders love of their craft, hard details, and offer a few questions that bring out a bit of the human element that that helps them create the works that we love. Aaron is also a member of the forum so if you have additional questions you would like to ask him about his craft, fire away.



Q&A With Stinner Frameworks:

How / why did you decide to become a frame builder?
Bicycles are literally all I know. Many people have explored different paths or experienced different things before they found·their way to bicycles, but I·haven't·had another job or done anything else than work on or around bicycles. I've been riding bicycles for longer than I can remember. I started out riding trails in Northern California on an early 90's Stumpjumper. I soon found my way to road bikes and joined a local cycling team when I was 13. My first road bike was a LeMond Zurich, a team bike. We had to take very good care of our·equipment. I quickly picked up how to work on bicycles. Our sponsors wanted us looking our best and representing their brand well. This led me to getting a job at the bike shop that sponsored the team. By 14 I was working part time at the shop sweeping floors, stocking tubes and selling bicycles. I raced bicycles through high school and college and continued to work part time at the shop. I graduated from UCSB with a degree in biopsychology and went to working at the shop full time. I quickly became the manager and managed the bike shop for several years. I started a fit program at the shop and started fitting riders in 2008. I went to UBI as a mini vacation and to learn the ropes of frame building.·I had the opportunity to learn from the best in the business. Gary Smith and Ron Sutphin taught me how to handle the torch at UBI and Mike DeSalvo should me the ropes with TIG.·I came home with a new set of skills and set out to build a few frames for family and friends. Designing and building frames came naturally to me. I know what rides well. I know what doesn't. After word got out that I was building frames, it snowballed. One thing lead to another. I put in my two weeks with at the shop and set out on my own to start Stinner Frameworks in 2010.
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What influences your artistic sense in your designs?
Function with a clean, modern twist. I've always loved steel, so it was natural that it was going to be my medium of choice. I enjoy creating something that’s simple and clean. It doesn't need to be over the top or bright and shiny. It just needs to look good. I find beauty in the simple things. Get rid of all the bells and whistles. Get rid of everything that doesn't need to be there. Keep it clean.
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What is your method to determine fit?
My fit method is a combination of many things. The two big things are data and listening to the customer. I have fit hundreds of people on bicycles. Each person has their own knowledge of cycling, experience level,·physical·strengths, physical weaknesses, past injuries, etc. The list can get long sometimes. The way I fit an elite athlete·is different than·the way I fit a novice·rider. A huge part of·frame building·is understanding your customer. Their involvement is key. We both need to get on the same page and understand one another. ·Without that understanding, you might as well just sell them a stock frame.


Do you consider yourself a power tool, or hand and file builder?
I'm a little bit of both. I believe in accuracy, which is where my mills come into play. I also polish a lot of fillets, which is where my files come into play.
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What is it that keeps you passionate and focused?
Riding. Customers. Friends. Design. I have the best job in the world. I also have the best customers in the world.
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How many times have you burned yourself?
I·haven't·burned myself bad enough to remember. I've cut myself more times than I care to remember, though.
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What's your favorite beer?
I love a good IPA. Preferably a west coast one. It depends on the weather though.
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Heard any cool music lately?
I listen to a TON of music. The two·albums I put on Spotify this morning were Cold War Kids - Dear Ms. Lonelyhears and Phosporescent - Muchacho.·
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How did you meet your spouse or significant other?
We met in college late one night after a couple of beers
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What's there to do for fun in your town?
If you·haven't·been to Santa Barbara, CA, you should make a trip. The list is too long to type. We have mountains and ocean within 10·minutes·of each. The only thing we don't have is snow. We are spoiled.
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Do you put ketchup on your _Hot Dog_?
Absolutely.
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What type of bicycle is requested the most for you to build? Road,
cross, track, fixed…?

I have an even spilt of Road, MTB and Cross. Those also happen to be the three disciplines I have the most experience in.
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Who would you want to build a bike for you?
Tough one. Carl Strong for Tig and Ira Ryan for a fillet frame.
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What is it about your approach to building/designing bikes makes you
unique, or separates you from the other builders out there?

My designs and process. My process comes from a lifetime of working with bicycles and my designs bring a clean and functional design. One wouldn't succeed without the other.
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How long is your wait list?
I like to keep it short and work hard. Right now its 12-14 weeks.
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How long have you been building frames.
I have been building frames for just over 3 years.
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For a customer considering Stinner Frameworks, is it anything goes? Or do you prefer to stay within a particular style or design sense?
Function is a main priority for me. If it’s functional and makes sense, then my ears are open.·
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Do you have a favorite part of the building process?
Welding/Brazing. Music is turned up and at that point in time, nothing else matters.
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What is the most unusual / unique bicycle you've ever built?
I'm not into unique or unusual. I built a Tour Divide bike with a Rohloff, Gates Carbon Belt and integrated lights recently..
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What is your favorite personal ride?
Ridge ride here in Santa Barbara. It’s 30 miles. Takes 2 hours from my doorstep. Elevation gain of 4k feet and the best views money can't buy.
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What is your favorite non-cycling obsession?
I do a fair bit of rock climbing. It keeps my fitness·balanced.·
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Perry or Ireland?
Tough one.·Haven't·been to either but Paris first probably.
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Many thanks to Aaron for taking the time to answer our questions! Please feel free to ask him any questions that pop up while admiring his work.

William


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