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.
Each company mentioned is a framebuilder, unless otherwise indicated:
Updated 3 June 2015
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. Sometimes still helps us at Seven.
- Honey Bikes, Beekeepers.
- Saila, Lauren Trout.
- 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:
- Independent Fabrication. See below for more details.
- 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.
- Janeware, Jane Hayes. Maker of clothing for cyclists.
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.
Additional companies started by Independent Fabrication alumnae:
- A.N.T., Mike Flanagan. See below for more details. Closed shop on 2015; currently works with Seven Cycles.
- Sputnik Metalworks, Jeff Buckles – he makes framebuilding tooling for the bike industry.
- Firefly Bicycle. The cool kids!
Alternative Needs Transportation – A.N.T
Mike Flanigan closed up shop in 2015. His storied past includes teaching framebuilding classes. The most notable is:
- 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
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
- 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.