Coming up under the tutelage of legendary builder Albert Eisentraut, our next frame builder has earned his place amongst the top of the frame building pyramid. Not many builders can lay claim to having had one of their cycles share pages with the minimally clad ladies of Playboy Magazine.
In his own unique way, I give you Bruce Gordon...
1. How old are you?
2. Where were you born?
3. What's your earliest memory of a bicycle or something bicycle related?
Breaking my collar bone on my 20” balloon tired Schwinn
4. What was your first cycle?
20” balloon tired Schwinn
5. How about first "high-end" cycle?
Raleigh Pro 1971
6. Did (does) your family (parents, siblings, etc) ride also?
My father never knew how to ride a bike
7. Did you like to tinker with bikes back then?
8. Did you ever work in a Bike Shop... if so, where/how long?
Culver City – 6 months 3 years in Berkeley
Just novice class
10. How about cyclo-touring?
A little now and then
11. What job(s) did you have before frame building and also-do you have any other job currently besides frame building?
Worked in a camera store and drove a cab in Chicago
12. When did you start building?
13. Who would you say is your greatest influence in designing & frame building?
I learned from Albert Eisentraut
14. Did you apprentice... if so, with who?
Albert Eisentraut – then Part owner of Eisentraut Bicycles for 2 years
15. What's your idea of the "perfect cycle" regardless if you built it or not?
16. Shooting a guess... how many frames would you say you've built?
2000 to 3000
17. Any cycles out there that you secretly wished, "Darn, I wish I'd built that!"?
18. Your idea of the perfect client?
One who buys something
19. What defines a nightmare client in your experience?
20. Any words of advice to up & coming frame builders?
Don’t do it – unless you have an outside source of income
21. What do you find most funny or peculiar (in a kind way-not brutal) about the cycle-buying public... what don't they get or aren't they seeing?
The Rivendell Cult
22. What do you think of mass-produced bikes (without naming names)?
They are pretty good these days
23. What cycle don't you have anymore that you wished you did?
My first Raleigh Pro
24. What cycle do you currently ride most, even if it wasn't built by you?
My city bike, TI Road bike, or TI Mountain bike
25. When did you last ride your bike and for how far?
Last week – 20 miles
26. What's your idea of the perfect ride?
Sonoma County back roads
27. Could you ever see yourself being Car Free... just using mass-transportation and your bike to get around?
No – but I only drive about 5000 miles a year
28. Why do you think so many folks have romanticized bicycles & bicycling?
Because they don’t have a life
29. Any (other) passions or hobbies in your life?
No time for hobbies – just trying to stay alive in the bike business
30. If you could say one thing to Lance Armstrong what would it be?
I’ll build you a bike if you would ride it.
31. In a pinch... McDonalds or Burger King?
32. What kind of shampoo did you last use?
33. Favorite libation: wine, beer or fire water?
Wine or beer
34. Even though there seems to be a real tradition to it-what do you think of folks who spend more time setting up their cycle with just the right color saddle, bar tape, bags, hoods, etc than actually riding or at least commenting on the ride?
You don’t want to know
35. Did you go to college... if so, what was your major?
Ohio University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Dropped out of Graduate School at the Art Institute of Chicago - photography
36. Your favorite music while working (if any)?
Talk Radio – Really Right Wing wackos – or Air America left wing, or PBS
37. If you had it to do all over again... would you be building cycles?
NO – I’d want a job that I could make more than $6.00 per hour
38. What's your favorite lunch food during a work day in the shop?
39. When it's all said & done-what kind of legacy will you hope to have left behind?
40. How can folks get in touch with you to order a custom cycle?