With less than two weeks until the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, most exhibitors will be exhibiting signs of extreme mental pressure in a rush to ensure the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of March presents their work and skills in the best possible light. Tim O’Donnell of Indiana’s Shamrock Cycles must have exhaled a long sigh of relief as he gazed upon his elegant and elaborate urban bike.
Tim has not only demonstrated his fabrication ability here, but also his imagination. The fine curves of the easily detachable rack and fender struts combine elements of the Art Nouveau movement with Celtic knot work motifs, a final swoosh provided by the ‘chain’ guard, which will actually protect ones trouser leg from the grease-less carbon belt drive. The signature shamrock has been cleverly incorporated into the bidon bosses, while the initials ‘S.C.’ form decorative braces on the custom, wood-paneled front rack — 10 points for subtle (yet deservedly proud) branding. Not only is this Shamrock Cycle a very traditional design, it’s also been married with modern conveniences such as internal cable routing, an in-built D-lock holster, SONdelux front dynamo hub lighting and an internally-geared rear hub. The icing on the cake is, literally, the minty green and chevron’d paint by Michael at Indiana’s Corby Concepts.