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Family Tree of Framebuilding in New England: Red Kite Prayer Addendum

Patrick Brady wrote a brief history of  New England bicycle manufacturing in the latest issue of Peloton Magazine, “New England Genesis”, and Seven was lucky enough to be included in it.  In his blog, Red Kite Prayer, Patrick elaborates on the interconnectedness of the region’s bike building companies, and created a family tree to illustrate some of the relationships.

We are honored to be a part of this thriving and expanding community, and we wanted to clarify a few aspects of Patrick’s illustration that might be confusing to readers.  Here is a list of framebuilders and bike-building industry people of which we’re aware that started businesses after working with local – primarily Massachusetts – framebuilders.  For example, King Cage is not a framebuilder, but Ron worked at Fat City Cycles so we included him on this list.

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Each company mentioned is a framebuilder, unless otherwise indicated:

Updated 23 December 2011

Seven Cycles

In addition to Red Kite Prayer’s list, here are some companies started by Seven Cycles employees and alumnae, and clarification regarding some of the companies relationships to Seven:

  • Zanconato, Mike Z. was building frames before working at Seven and continues to build frames since his tenure at Seven.
  • SCUL, Skunk.  SCUL is more of a chopper gang than a framebuilder.  Currently works with Seven.
  • Sketchy Cycles, Mike Salvatore.  Currently works with Seven.
  • Banjo Cycles, Ahren Rogers.
  • Rack Lady, Leah Stargardter.  She builds custom bike racks.
  • 333fab, Maxwell Kullaway and Bernard Georges.
  • Icarus Frames, Ian Sutton.
  • Royal H Cycles, Bryan Hollingsworth.  Currently works with Seven.
  • Honey Bikes, Beekeepers.
  • Kualis, Yoshi Nishikawa.  Currently works with Seven.
  • Saila, Lauren Trout.  Currently works with Seven.
  • Bike retailers that originally worked at Seven Cycles and later started or owned bike stores and studios:

Fat City Cycles

Here are some additional companies – beyond what’s mentioned on Red Kite Prayer – started by Fat City Cycles alumnae:

  • King Cage, Ron Andrews – he makes water bottle cages.
  • Igleheart, Chris Igleheart
  • Bomber Cycles, Dave Blakney
  • S.R.P., Jeff Federson – no longer in business; he used to make small parts for the bike industry.
  • Jane Wear, Jane Hayes – no longer in business, she used to make clothing for the bike industry.

Merlin Metalworks

A couple of additional companies not mentioned in the Peleton article:

  • Arctos Machine, Gary Helfrich – no longer in business; Arctos was based on the west coast.
  • One-Off Titanium, Mike Augsburger – he used to make custom bicycles.

Independent Fabrication

Additional companies started by Independent Fabrication alumnae:

  • A.N.T., Mike Flanagan
  • Sputnik Metalworks, Jeff Buckles – he makes framebuilding tooling for the bike industry.
  • Firefly Bicycle

Alternative Needs Transportation – A.N.T

A company to include in A.N.T.’s family tree; more to come, we’re certain:

  • Geekhouse, Marty Walsh.  In the article, it may come across that Geekhouse was born out of Marty Walsh’s work with Seven.  Marty started Geekhouse prior to working with us, ran Geekhouse while he was working with Seven, and continues to operate Geekhouse today.

Serotta Competition Cycles

Yes, we know that New York is not in New England, but Serotta and the Boston bike building scene are connected – at the very least by Whitcomb.  Here are a few additional companies started by Serotta alumnae:

  • Kirk Frameworks, Dave Kirk-Bozeman, Montana
  • K. Bedford Customs, Kelly Bedford
  • Ellis Cycles, Dave Wages

Local Builders

Here are a few framebuilders that didn’t start at a local bike company, as far as we know:

  • Peter Mooney Cycles
  • Hot Tubes, Toby Stanton.
    • Circle A Cycles, Chris Bull.
    • Maietta Cycles, Tony Maietta.
  • Dave Weagle
    • E.thirteen
    • Evil
  • Ted Wojcik Custom Bicycles
  • Rhygin Cycles, Christian Jones – no longer in business.
  • Parlee Bicycles, Bob Parlee.
  • October Hand Made Bikes – no longer in business.

We’re sure we’re forgetting a bunch of people, so please let us know whom we’ve left out!  We thank Patrick for including us in this terrific article.  We hope that after reading Patrick’s work you’ll have a better understanding of the unique history of New England that helped launch so many amazing and innovative companies.

4 Responses to “Family Tree of Framebuilding in New England: Red Kite Prayer Addendum”

  1. Tara Says:

    I have had a Seven for two years. My insurance company paid for it, replacing my ’97 Merlin when it was stolen. I loved the Merlin, it was my first truly amazing bike – my dream bike that was to be my last bike. Then I had the opportunity to build another dream bike, another bike to last a lifetime. I love my Seven, it is truly spectacular. I’ve been so impressed in my dealings with Seven right from the beginning. Now I find out that they are nurturing entrepreneurs and putting the word out about folks who come from their organization. This makes me even more fond of Seven. When I can afford it there is a tri bike, created by Seven, in my future.

  2. ZB Says:

    Fascinating. A real ecosystem of talented producers. Refreshing to see compared to the dog eat dog mentality of other regions & industries. Kudos.

  3. Bill Black Says:

    I have a Merckx EX Titanium frame that is 15 years old and has a 1″ steerer tube. I love the bike but would like to have the steerer/head-tube replaced with a 1 1/8″ steerer/head-tube. Is this something that you would do and if so what would be the cost?
    Best,
    Bill Black
    4 Lanewood Road
    Cumberland Foreside, Maine 04110
    207-781-5739

  4. Seven Says:

    Bill, we only work on our own bikes. Best of luck with your Merckx.

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