ALLIED Ambassador: Seamus Mullen

ALLIED Ambassador: Seamus Mullen

After a near death experience in 2012 led to a complete lifestyle change, restaurateur Seamus Mullen has never looked backed. He got on his bike and started pedaling toward a brighter, healthier future. Combined with completely cutting out processed carbohydrates from his diet, he saw his whole world turned upside down in the best of ways. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the joints, making movement and exercise deathly painful, nearly impossible to partake...

Frame Prep and Sanding

Frame Prep and Sanding

Frame Prep and Sanding After the overwraps are cured the bike is now 100% structurally sound, but still not ready to ride. In the final frame prep stage we do all the final machining and attach some of the small parts including cable management and water bottle rivnuts.  Also in this phase we sand the frame smooth to provide a good surface for a nice glossy finish.

Frame Prep and Assembly

Frame Prep and Assembly

Frame Prep Everyone thinks that the bike is 100% done once it comes out of paint. There’s actually more hours of labor involved in just prepping the frameset to place components on it. The frame threads are chased, and faced. All of the ports in the bike are polished. The cables are pre-run. Our kick-ass aluminum eagle is placed on the downtube.  Assembly After Frame Prep the frameset is then handed off  to our highly skilled Mechanics to build it out. Our mechanics come with a co...

Paint

Paint

Paint Personalization is no longer a luxury. It is a modern requirement for premium products. In the paint department is where the personalization and the individuality of each bike comes out.  We use the best quality products and painters in the industry to provide an unrivaled finish.

Carbon Fiber Over Wrapping

Carbon Fiber Over Wrapping

Over Wrapping Once epoxy used in the bonding process is cured, the excess epoxy is cleaned from the joint and a small wrap of carbon is placed around the joint to reinforce the bond.  This over wrapping step decreases the chances of paint cracks at the bond joint.  The wraps are cured with a sheet of silicon and shrink tape proving the compressive force on the joint.

Bike Rumor: Allied Cycle Works quietly crushes gravel with new Alfa All Road model

Bike Rumor: Allied Cycle Works quietly crushes gravel with new Alfa All Road model

By Tyler Benedict Just 18 months after founding the brand, and a mere six months after getting production fully up to speed on the original Alfa road bike, HIA Velo’s Allied Cycle Works has introduced their Alfa All Road gravel bike. They’ve been very quiet about it’s release, only showing it off at Alto Cycling’s demo tent at Interbike, because they’ve already built up a backorder log of about 100-150 bikes, so they are cautious to promote it too much…but it’s here, and it’s amazing. Built...

Bonding

Bonding

Bonding The ALFA and ALLROAD are both triple monocoque designs. This means that the front triangle, chainstays and seatstays are all cured as separate parts, then bonded together to make the frame. After some very minor parts preparation after curing, the parts are ready to bond. They are placed into highly accurate jigs to ensure correct geometry and alignment. The bond areas are cleaned and a high strength 2 part epoxy is used to join the parts together. The bond areas are exposed to a s...

ALLIED Ambassador Allison “Wattage Cottage” Atkinson

ALLIED Ambassador Allison “Wattage Cottage” Atkinson

Although sports have always been a big part of her life, cycling wasn’t Allison Atkinson’s first passion. She grew up playing soccer as a kid, throughout high school and at St. Edward’s University, unfortunately suffering a serious knee injury that ended her career. As a way to rehabilitate, she started taking spin classes, eventually falling in love with the bike and finding a desire to break free from the gym and hit the open road. It took her a couple of years before she borrowed a frie...

Carbon Curing in the Heat Press

Carbon Curing in the Heat Press

Carbon Curing in the Heat Press Now that we have removed most of the air from the laminate we can move on to curing the part. The envelope bag is removed and the tool is slid into a heat press. The press applies 20 tons of closing force on the tool and air lines are hooked up to the internal bladders. The press platens are heated to 130 degrees Celsius heating the tool. A thermocouple placed in the tool monitors the temperature of the part. The resin properties are rapidly changing as it h...

Carbon Mold Debulking

Carbon Mold Debulking

Carbon Mold Debulking Leaving layup, the result is a loaded closed tool that could go straight to curing.  The only issue with that is through the layup process we have unwittingly trapped a bunch of air in the layup.  Laying down sheets of carbon is not unlike laying down stickers, add to that a lot of complex curves and it is easy to visualize a bunch of small air pockets getting trapped.  If that air remains in place, it can cause voids, surface defects, and a host of both structural an...

How an Arkansas Upstart Is Making America’s Best Carbon Fiber Bikes

How an Arkansas Upstart Is Making America’s Best Carbon Fiber Bikes

by Aaron Gulley  In a windowless office park in Little Rock, AR, Tony Karklins holds up a sheaf of black carbon-fiber fabric cut into various trapezoids and rectangles the length of his forearm. “This is your top tube,” he says. “Every carbon bike starts like this.” With ruddy cheeks and a flop of sandy brown hair, Karklins is the founder of the upstart bike brand Allied Cycle Works. I’ve come to Arkansas to pick up a test bike. But first, Karklins wants me to help build it. Under th...

Outside Magazine: Your Next Carbon Bike Will Be Made in Arkansas

Outside Magazine: Your Next Carbon Bike Will Be Made in Arkansas

ALLIED CYCLE WORKS, based in Little Rock, is trying to ignite American carbon-fiber manufacturing and steal China’s thunder by Aaron Gulleyphoto by Brian Clifton If you ride a carbon-fiber bike, chances are it was manufactured in one of five factories in China. If you ride an American-made carbon model, you probably bought it from a boutique brand and paid through the teeth for it. All this might change thanks to Allied Cycles, which launched in February in Little Rock, Arkansas. Allied want...