Riding and working on bikes are some of my earliest memories and
by age 7was disassembling and re-assembling bikes. My first serious
bike was a Schwinn Varsity purchased new in 1977 with money earned
from delivering newspapers and mowing lawns where I grew up in
was fortunate to grow up with a father with a well equipped metal
and wood working shop. Dad was journeyman machinist and power
plant mechanic and from an early age taught me proper use of shop
tools and machinery. From the age of 6I had free reign over the
shop as long as I did not get hurt or break stuff. He taught valuable
life lessons about hard work, perseverance, and performing work
details appropriately. The lessons learned from this early age
and working with dad on his many projects helped immensely later
A 30-year engineering career has
included work in the special metals, aerospace, and nuclear industries.
I have designed induction casting furnaces producing turbine blades,
managed a titanium production plant, managed capital projects
at an aluminum plant, supported fabrication and machine shops,
and designed pumping and piping systems to transfer radioactive
materials. The manufacturing processes and rigid quality requirements
I have been immersed in have created skill sets and a mindset
for uncompromising quality that transfers nicely into bicycle
My goals as a bicycle builder are simple…build cool bikes
for cool people, build a business that sustains itself, and make
some new friends along the way.
Bicycles are an expression of our individuality,
an art form, a utilitarian tool, and provide numerous outlets
for activity and enjoyment. Only the automobile can rival a bicycle
for how a machine connects with our daily lives. In my life a
bicycle provides a distraction from the stresses of life and allows
the mind and body to be refreshed.
As a designer I appreciate havingthe opportunity
the match a bicycle design with a rider’s needs and desires.
During design and construction I obsess over every detail and
enjoy bringing the client into the process and hope to transfera
little bicycle design knowledge along the way. This allows the
rider to have greater appreciation of their machine and deepens
their knowledge base so they can provide better input and feedback
to me, hopefully on another project.
A custom bicycle project provides people a unique
opportunity to express their individuality while enhancing their
cycling interests. Custom bicycle designers and frame-builders
match the rider’s interest with beautifully crafted machines
which, with proper care, should last a lifetime and will possibly
be considered an heirloom for another generation. Here are some
of the reasons to buy handmade products,quoted from http://poppytalks101reasonstobuyhandmade.blogspot.com
Reasons to buy Handmade Products:
• Rewards creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and craftsmanship.
• You are supporting local artisans and craftspeople and
not large big box stores.
• When you buy handmade you create a direct relationship
with the artist or designer of the product.
• You can be proud knowing that you’re supporting
• When you buy handmade you are getting something that is
made with love by someone who loves what they do.
• Not only are you receiving a beautiful creation made with
genuine love and care, but when you are by buying handmade, you
are also supporting and BECOMING part of the dream of: freedom,
financial independence, being in charge of your own moral compass,
having a daily life's purpose, experiencing more joy, all as a
result of doing work you truly love. There's nothing better.
• People don’t hand craft things just to make money.
They’re not just the product of a slick R&D department
for profit. They make things that involve years of learned skills,
passion, enthusiasm, commitment and sincerity.
• Encourages independent thinking that breaks corporation's