Bishop Bikes Pista

Bishop Bikes Pista

Motor racing sponsorship has played a major role in the marketing plan of Martini & Rossi, an Italian alcohol company that is perhaps most famous for its brand of vermouth. Usually decorating white or silver cars, the red, dark and light blue stripes are familiar to any longstanding fan of the sport, but they’ve also been spectacularly transposed on to the latest frame by Bishop Bikes.

The Lancia 037 rally cars and Porsche 917LH Le Mans racers are probably the most memorable bastions of the Martini Racing legacy. But a long working relationship with Pennsylvania’s FreshFrame ensures this pista by Baltimore’s Chris Bishop is included among that echelon of racing history. Accentuated by that paint and lug lining is many hours of brazing and filing.

Lugs that disappear into needlepoints and an extremely well defined seat tube cluster have become recognisable trademarks of Chris’ frames, which have won him numerous awards at various North American Handmade Bicycle Shows. They are visible on this pista also, along with other mouth-watering details like customised dropouts, seat stay bridge and bottom bracket shell.

Milled and drilled components by Jon Williams of Drillium Revival continue the Martini theme around the frame, with a Campagnolo seat mast, crankset and stem that has been shaved and painted to match. It would be a pleasure to watch this Bishop gain momentum around the velodrome but like the Martini cars, it looks fast even just standing still.

Special thanks to Keith Teket for the photos. See more on the Bishop Bikes flickr stream.

Bishop Bikes Pista
Bishop Bikes Pista
Bishop Bikes Pista
Bishop Bikes Pista
Bishop Bikes Pista
Bishop Bikes Pista
Bishop Bikes Pista

  • Tony Pereira

    So fine. Chris is the best.

  • jeremynorth

    What a breath taking bike. The lug work is exquisite, especially the seat tube/stay. I’ve never seen such immaculate & elegant work. Simply gorgeous. And what a paint job. A bit fussy for my liking, but it is perfect for that Martini look. Amazing.

  • Dainius

    nice,but not very original ideas.. just look to some old eroica,and also i think ‘campagnolo’ should be not ‘touch’t’… otherwise is very nice bike

  • Marta

    “Martini bike? Great!” I thought. But this is over the top. Shame.

  • Ryan Thompson

    My favorite race livery of all time! I saw a Cinelli stem with martini pantograghing up for auction about 6 months ago.

  • area man

    pretty pretty, i hope it gets ridden.

  • Anton Rodman

    Shiny and a free shout at the local pub!? Martinis it is! My shout! Very decorous. Great booze inspired colours. Sort of getting wet looking at it. Reminds me of Jean Claude Rude and the Martini 935 Porsche but pista style minus the ridonkulous chain ring and 24″ front wheel…speed included. The attempt for cycle speed is worthy none the less. Both are fast and big lungs and legs required to keep up on the bike. This here ‘Bishop’ lovely bike and loving the seat post, stem, seat stays and fork is worth more in my eyes and no g-ds included since I am an atheist. Dropouts hmmm yes!.. ‘To all my friends’ the Barfly says.