While Australia certainly doesn’t have the same number of custom frame builders as, say, the US or the UK, there definitely exists some luminaries. Men such as Darrell McCulloch, Brian Hayes and ‘new school’ welders such as Tarn at Primate Frames are demonstrating that Aussies can produce strong, beautiful and innovative frames. Paul Hillbrick is another, but Hillbrick Bicycles could also be called an institution of Australian frame building, having been in the industry for twenty two years and supplying the vehicles for numerous champions and racing organizations in that time.
Pony Bikes is destined to become another institution of Melbourne cycling culture. Although having only been established for a few years, Sasha Strickland has gained the respect and patronage of the inner-Melbourne cycling fraternity through her no-bullshit, up-front attitude and professionalism. This is just the latest assembly to come out of the Pony Bikes stable, a lugged steel Hillbrick frame built up for Aaron, with a rock-solid blend of Phil Wood, Chris King, Paul and Nitto parts.
With a custom shade of blue by Sydney-based Star Enamel, Aaron’s bike really pops against the cobble stone alleyways of which Melbourne is famous for. Those high flange Phil Wood hubs are laced to a salvaged pair of Araya rims, which Sasha stripped and high polished by hand. They’ll be tough enough to withstand the beatings that Melbourne’s alleyways can deal out, and the Paul Components cranks and Royal Flush ring will ensure Aaron’s riding will always come up trumps.
If you’re in Melbourne, look Sasha up — you can contact Pony Bikes via her blog.