Renold, the sole worker of YiPsan, was raised in Hong Kong, China, obtained his bachelor of engineering in the UK and immigrated to the US since 2002. Since then, he has been working at local bike shops, building bicycles, certified as a fit specialist and enjoying living in the east coast, west coast and the rockies.
The reasons to build your next bike with YiPsan:
- The knowledge to fit you properly
- The knowhow to design for use
- The skills to make the bike a reality
Click the picture to see some of YiPsan's bikes.
What is in a name – YiPsan
Some customers had asked about my name - Renold Yip, and how I named my bikes YiPsan. YiPsan , rhymes with Mr. Yip in my native tongue – Cantonese. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, China. It is a city where cultures of east and west truly commingles and it is under this environment that I grew up to learn many of western cultures and also a lot of interesting eastern customs.
How about your first name, it sounds so western?
Well, yes. There is a story to it. My father named me Renold for a very important reason. My father had been a long time motorcycle enthusiast, especially Triumph, Norton and BSAs. During that era, a famous motorcycle chain was made by Renold (they made bicycle chains too). He believes that a motorcycle chain is small in size but very efficient and important to the operation of a motorbike. There you have it. I was named after a motorbike chain. And if I follow this custom, I may have to name my child Shimano, SRAM or Wippermann!
My logos, motifs
Quite some customers had also asked me if there are any meanings in the logos. The circular one is a stylized version of my last name, Yip, in simplified Chinese. It is common to put ones last name on items that they are proud of, e.g. the front of red packets (a tradition during Chinese new year for married couples to give well wishes to singles, it usually contains cash in modern times). This is quite similar to the use of the coat of arms.
The square one simulates an approval stamp used by ancient kings to signify their approval of policies and legislature. The meaning of the 4 Chinese words is “Hand made in steel”.
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