Steve Crandall at FBM headquarters
For over twenty years, FBM (first as an apparel brand and later as a bike company) has operated on the fringes of the BMX community as a brand that riders could turn to that didn't follow standard BMX trends. That direction continues in 2014, and this past weekend, FBM opened up their warehouse doors to friends, family and visitors for a tour of their operations and a tutorial on how to make BMX frames from the ground up. FBM's Steve Crandall (pictured here) led the tour. Welcome to Johnson City, N.Y., home of FBM Bike Company.
This is what the inside of a U.S.-made BMX frame company looks like. Welcome to FBM Bike Company.
Frame building demonstration
FBM's Steve Crandall talks about what goes into the design and building of a frame during a short demonstration with FBM frame builder John Corts. Corts not only welds frames at FBM, he's also a seasoned BMX rider that puts the frames he builds to the test.
Dillon Leeper, 180 barspin
To cope with the harsh winter that upstate New York is experiencing, FBM built a new indoor setup for guests to ride throughout the weekend. FBM rider Dillon Leeper (pictured here) drove up from Richmond, Va. and during the drive, his roof rack blew off his car. Luckily, nothing happened to the bikes and he was able to ride.
FBM Bike Co. entrance
Before this was one of the very few BMX brands manufacturing their bikes in the U.S., this building was home to a shoe factory. For the past several years, it's served as home base to FBM.
FBM frames on display
It takes a while to get there, but FBM's complete line of frames are all made on site inside the welding shop. After being painted, the frames come back to FBM, where they are stickered, boxed and shipped to bike shops.
From left to right: John Lee (who does sales at FBM), Steve Crandall (who handles art and promotions) and Kelly Baker (who is a lifetime member of the team and longtime friend of Crandall).
Welding in process
FBM employee John Corts shows the group how a frame is tacked and then welded.
New four-piece handlebars and Bellwitch frames from FBM sit at John Corts' workstation.
Kyle Hibbard, wallplant
Binghamton local and loyal supporter to FBM, Kyle Hibbard, footplants his way up to the ceiling.
Latane Coghill, grind
No BMX brand is complete without a flat bar to mess around on. Here, FBM filmer Latane Coghill slides a tooth hanger to pedal grind in between racks of FBM frames.
Longtime FBM supporter Ryan Hoey traveled from Long Island, N.Y. to ride the new indoor ramps at FBM and catch up with old friends.
Ryan Sheppard, bowl carve
Part of the Circuit BMX crew, Ryan Sheppard was shredding this tight ramp set up all day. Here, he carves around a not so smooth bowl corner.