This isn’t a picture of me, but with the launch of this website and blog it pretty much sums up how I feel at the moment. I am suspended ever so briefly in the air and I’m not really sure where or how I’m going to land.
My ramp has taken me over a year to build—I’ve purchased the finest frame building jigs money can buy, set up shop in a friend’s garage, established a corporation, bought insurance, registered a name, designed an identity, attended bike shows, talked with other builders, read, studied, watched, took classes, practiced my craft, and lined up suppliers. As exhilarating as it is to be floating through the air, it’s also, to be honest, a bit scary. Only time will tell how gracefully I stick the landing. One thing is for sure it won’t be for lack of passion—or knowledge—or effort—or dreaming. Like the kid in the picture things look promising but you never really know until you feel the pavement under your wheels once again.
In the coming days, weeks, months—and hopefully years, I’ll be putting all kinds of my thinking down here in this space. I’ve found that if there is one thing that I can talk about all day, every day, without fatigue, it’s bicycles, riding, where to ride them, and the people who ride them. These pages are an opportunity for you to get to know me as a builder and a fellow rider even if you happen to live across the continent or around the globe.
If you like what you find here, or you just want to ask me a question, send me an email, or give me a call. I’ll be spending most of my days in the shop mastering my craft one frame at a time. If I don’t get back to you right away, it’s probably just because at the moment I have a torch or a file in my hand.
I’m looking forward to talking with you and maybe even building your next bike. With a little bit of your help I’ll nail this landing.