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Saturday 27 February 2016

McGovern Cycles: Aesthetically efficient

It's easy to see that even though this is Chris McGovern's first NAHBS, he's no newcomer to the handmade scene.

McGovern Cycles: Aesthetically efficient
McGovern Cycles

At NAHBS, where it's easy to get overwhelmed with bike porn, Chris McGovern's slick navy carbon CX rig at the new builder's hallway instantly stands out. The stout carbon shapes are mellowed with a candy-coated navy finish, topped off with a crisp, modern logo: McGovern. It's easy to see that even though this is Chris McGovern's first NAHBS, he's no newcomer to the handmade scene.

In fact, he's no newcomer to the bike industry period. Starting out as a junior in BMX and moving to the road, he had a solid showing in the pro ranks riding for such teams as Jelly Belly, Health Net, and Sierra Nevada. Currently, he resides in Nevada City, CA, and owns both a bike shop (Real Wheels Bicycle Studio) and a successful coaching business (Cycleution Coaching).

With all of his elite level background, it's no surprise that McGovern immediately knew he wanted his bikes to be both efficient and simple in their aesthetic. McGovern was trained at UBI under master builder Jim Kish, and started working with titanium back in 2010. After receiving training with Bohemia Bikes, he's added carbon to his offerings as well. His experience with the latter is evident with the rig on display at his table, with well proportioned joints smoothly connecting to ENVE sourced carbon tubes.

Frames start at $2800 for custom titanium, and $3600 for custom carbon. In terms of finish, he pairs each customer up with the best person for the job, depending on their designs and desires. To learn more, visit www.mcgoverncycles.com.