Villin Cycle Works at Fuel

Posted by on Oct 12, 2008 in Art Coverage

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  1. mp
    October 13, 2008

    cool bikes nice people good art show nice weekend for 5 points

  2. The Night Ride Recap « Jack’s JAX
    October 13, 2008

    […] in Gainesville arrived pretty early as well with the most beautiful bikes you ever laid eyes on. Here is the Globatron interview. I didn’t hear any sound but you can still check out the bikes and […]

  3. Byron King
    October 13, 2008

    I’m in the middle of fixing the sound now.
    Alexus told me it was broken and I told him it was working. I feel like a real moron right now. Sorry Alexus.

    It will be up with sound in a few minutes. check back.

  4. Bonzai
    October 16, 2008

    Very interesting interview. I actually went to the very first North American Handmade Bike Show in San Jose, CA a few years ago and know the founder fairly well. It was interesting to hear how the villain guy says that is the ONLY bike show he goes to. Unfortunately, I feel that many bike people like him are too narrow minded and miss a lot of the periphery of the bike world and only focus on a small image-based , and low performing, micro-segment such as the steel single speed.
    I have had way too many altercations with cyclists who ignore everybody else who choses to ride something other than a single-speed fixed gear. My theory was that whoever rides bikes is great, not necessarily whoever rides a specific type is great. Personally, I think that their animosity stems from an extremely low sense of self esteem or confidence as seen in a perfect example of pack mentality (safety in numbers).
    Also, the villain guy is a fraud for selling his frames for $2,000 a pop. He is a no-namer and has only been building for about 6 years. The guy who built custom made frames for Greg LeMond and is still building in Reno charges less than that! To me it is totally ironic that the guy in the interview dumps on big box bikes with modern technology, but he essentially prevents the masses from experiencing the joys of cycling by charging a ludicris amount. ……I should stop. As you can tell, I have a very hard time with cyclists who insist to maintain an image rather than just ride. Also, don’t get me started on why those guys only build steel….IT is fricken cheaper than anything and takes less equipment than other materials. They are perpetuating a fraud on my beloved sport…..OK, I’ll stop.

  5. Alexis dold
    October 16, 2008


    You haven’t done much home work have you.
    I will address your claims as best I can though.
    All you have to do is look at the four entirely different styles of bikes that I brought to the show in Jax to see that my capability as a frame builder far exceeds your claim of narrow focus.
    Would I say you are ignorant Ignorant? Na, Ide say down rite blind.
    As for your derogatory comment about attending only one show a year I would gladly attend more shows such as Brian Biallis’ So Cal show if you would be so kind as to reimburse me for traveling expenses materials for a couple of show quality bikes my labor to make said bikes and the High end components required to do those bikes justice. Last year I spent roughly seven thousand dollars to attend the Portland show. Apparently Mr Bonzai has no concept of real life finance or responsibility and freely galavants around the world showing his wears to the masses undaunted by mortgages, family medical bills, food budgets and the like all the while using an anonymous Identity fortunately leaving him with no accountability.
    The rest of Mr. Bonzais comment is also ripe with misinformation and ignorance.
    FYI I have been in the bicycle business since 1986 starting as a mechanic and eventually buying a bike shop in 2001 then started Mr Good Bike in 2004 all the while building frames and working diligently toward selling the shops when Villin could support my family. I was fortunate enough to realize that dream a few years ago and have been very happy doing something that I believe in and can continue until late in my life.
    As for your clame that I am a fraud for selling frames for 2000 a pop well if the deffinition of fraud is makeing a competitive product at a competitive price in a nich market then Sasha White (of Vinilla) is a fraud for selling some of his frames for upwards of 10 thousand dollars after less than a decade of experience. Those of us in the industry know this to be false. But someone such as yourself with an intimate knowledge of the hand made bicycle market would also know that, Rite
    No! I think an educated cycleing enthusist may be inclined to see you Mr Bonzi as the Fraud with no real world experience using the anonymity of the internet as your soap box to spew your flaccid opinion for all to laugh at. Sorry bud.

    I’ll be smilin rideing my bike to a job I love every work day for a long time to come I can only hope that you too with hard work and some luck can be as fourtiunate as I some day.

  6. Bonzai
    October 16, 2008

    Confucious Say: He who can build and sell $2000 steel frame can do anything.

  7. Bonzai
    October 17, 2008

    Please tell me something that I do not already know. Also, do you expect me to believe that the name of your bike company and your policies are more than a simple freudian slip: VILLIN?!?!
    Confucios Say: “Name of Company reflect Policy of Company.” Beware of the Villin.
    Juan De La Fuentes De Hernando Gonzales

  8. Alexis dold
    October 17, 2008

    Hey Juan,
    Still angry hugh. I understand. Sometimes swallowing your pride takes a while.
    “The more you know the less you realize you know”. That is a real quote by Confucius and something you don’t seem to have in your vast repertoire of lame miss quotes. As for the name,
    Villin is a simple play on Gainesville.
    Don’t be such a hater yo! Try sticken your owe neck out to make a livin off the beaten path.. I’de be the first to give you a pat on the back for it.
    Props for signing your real name!

  9. Bonzai
    October 17, 2008

    Never confuse questions with HATING. Since when did questioning represent hating….yo. So, who then is the real hater?


  10. Alexis dold
    October 17, 2008

    No part of your last comment was a question.
    Go back to elementary english.

  11. Matt Burro
    October 18, 2008

    Lots of blue collar love from all of us in Jax, we truly appreciated your company and we admire yours and Joe’s level of work. I’ve ridden many bikes of all types and prices and will attest that the Villins I rode were jaw dropping, and put a smile on my face larger than any bike made overseas could ever try to attempt. Continue to support national makers of all types!


  12. Alexis dold
    October 18, 2008

    Thanks Matt,
    We had a blast. The ride out to the brewery made for good stories and big Dun was strait hilarious. You all were great hosts and Id be more than happy to come support the Jax scene any time. Just halla.
    The Burro crews got mad love in G-ville.

  13. Byron King
    October 19, 2008

    I’m in New York state now. Yippee. Going into Manhattan tomorrow morning for a visit.

    I enjoyed meeting you Alexis. I don’t know anything about bikes but was super impressed by how nice you were to me and how open you were to sharing your work with me. The bikes to me looked more like sculptures than bikes and that was what I was most impressed with.

    Glad you had a nice visit to Jax.

    Cheers mate,


  14. Alexis dold
    October 20, 2008

    Byron and Jason,
    Thanks for the positive feed back. B- if you are looking for solid info on the underground bike culture in Manhatten go to Track Star on Eldrige and talk to Brad, Patty or Zach. Might turn out interesting.
    J- Your comment brings to mind a good Einstein Quote
    “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
    Its a good one but my favorite one gose like this
    “I have found that I have nothing to say.”

  15. the dude
    February 6, 2009

    All i can say is that…Ive had my villin track frame since the summer and i could not be more satisfied, rides smooth and handles extremely well…i look forward to riding more once it starts to warm up here in new york…thanks for my orange 1%…i hope to see you guys soon!



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