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Marti Stephen

Monday 07 March 2016

Brad Bingham: Kent Eriksen's welder extraordinaire

Brad Bingham at Kent Eriksen Cycles won the Best TIG Welding award at NAHBS for the third year in a row. He masters his craft in the workshop while also competing successfully on the pro mountain bike circuit.

Brad Bingham: Kent Eriksen's welder extraordinaire
Paul Skilbeck

Brad Bingham at Kent Eriksen Cycles practically owns the Best TIG Welding award at NAHBS. He’s won it three years in a row. How did he master such a difficult craft?

“You know in the trade world they talk about needing 10,000 hours to master your craft? I reached my 10,000 hours four years ago,” says Bingham.

And although he estimates that when he previously worked at Moots he welded from 4,000 to 5,000 frames (“After four thousand I stopped counting,” he says), Bingham doesn’t brag. You have to ask him to get him to talk about his accomplishments.

It’s no small feat that while he does welding for Kent Eriksen, he also competes as a professional mountain bike racer. In fact, you have to dig a little to get him to reveal that in 2015 he was 14th at the national pro men’s mountain bike championships.

“I was really happy with that result. That was the best result I’ve had at nationals.” He quickly adds that his girlfriend, Hannah Williamson, got 13th in her field. “She’s a sweetie,” he adds, smiling.

Bingham also placed fourth at the Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte. And he recently placed second in the Fat Bike National Championships. He was beaten by none other than Ned Overend. “He’s light and fast, and way more experienced,” said the good-natured Bingham.

But Bingham is indefatigable, himself. “I’m off to Fat Bike Birkebeiner next week,” he said, “I’m excited to go.”

What will he be racing? A Kent Eriksen bike, of course.