Many years ago, without being very conscious of it, I started working with employees on personal framebuilding projects – many of which have lead to framebuilding businesses. This process is now much more formal and it seems to have accelerated in recent years. One of the catalysts for this acceleration has been the Seven Cycles Collaborative.
We have a very entrepreneurial environment at Seven and I believe that spirit, combined with being very supportive of employee projects, leads to people becoming alumnae and starting their own bike projects – or, even better, staying within the walls of Seven to work on cool side projects.
Here’s an exhaustive list of everyone that has worked at Seven Cycles and has also done some framebuilding within the walls of Seven.
I’m proud of this list because, I hope, it’s indicative of the supportive environment we’ve created at Seven. We’re actively working together and helping develop the next generation of framebuilders.
Updated 6 January 2017. In order of oldest to newest:
- Sketchy Cycles: 1996. Mike Salvatore currently works with Seven, also.
- SCUL: 1996. Skunk. SCUL is more of a chopper gang than a framebuilder. Currently works with Seven, also. SCUL’s inspiration was work – Chin on the Rim Party and Bike Race – and other important work I did at Merlin Metalworks. See Ghostride interview.
- Zanconato: 1998. Mike Z. was building frames before working at Seven and continues to build frames since his tenure at Seven.
- Banjo Cycles: 2006. Ahren Rogers. Currently inactive.
- Rack Lady: ~2006. Leah Stargardter builds custom bike racks. Currently inactive.
- Geekhouse: 2006. Marty Walsh. Marty started Geekhouse prior to working with us, ran Geekhouse while he was working with Seven, and continues to operate Geekhouse today. Marty didn’t start building frames himself until after working at Seven Cycles.
- 333fab: 2007. Maxwell Kullaway.
- 333fab: 2007. Bernard Georges. Not sure he’s still with 333.
- Royal H Cycles: 2009. Bryan Hollingsworth currently works with Seven, too.
- Icarus Frames: 2009. Ian Sutton.
- Honey Bikes: 2010. Beekeepers.
- Kualis: 2010. Yoshi Nishikawa.
- Saila: 2011. Lauren Trout.
- Jordan Low Custom Paint. Jordan Low. He also works with Hot Tubes.
- bRad: Brad Smith making some rad bikes. Currently works with Seven, too.
Here’s an equally important list of Seven employees that are doing, and have done, important work in the industry before, during, and since working at Seven Cycles.
- Grace Bicycles: 2006. Bike shop in Holliston, Massachusetts. Roy Cervantes.
- Cascade Bicycle Studio: 2006. Bike studio in Seattle, Washington. Zac Daab.
- Ride Studio Cafe: 2010. Bike store in Lexington, Massachusetts. Kids – lots of them.
- Velosmith Bicycle Studio: 2011. Bike studio in Chicago, Illinois. Tony Bustamante.
- True Cyclery: 2015. Bike studio in New Haven, Connecticut. Karl Borne.
- Ride Headquarters: 2016. Bike store in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Experimentation in the best segment of the bike industry.
Side notes that relate to other frame builders and industry people:
- 1987 – 1997: I worked at Merlin Metalworks.
- 1987 – 1988: I worked at Fat City Cycles, part time, doing fork welding and assembly. I basically got in Chris’ way while he was trying to get work done. I remember commenting one time – in my ignorant youth – how cool it was that he got to do all this R&D and frame building, and isn’t that a lot of fun. He said something along the lines of, “I don’t do it because it’s fun; I do it because I have to.” That was rather shocking to me at the time. Now that I’m older but no wiser, I understand what he meant. And I disagree.
- ~1998-1992: I worked with Bob Hall at Hall’s Wheels. An innovative wheelchair manufacturing company.
- ~1988 – 1997: Working with Tom Kellogg at Merlin Metalworks. Frame design phenom.
- 1997: Seven Cycles started; incorporated on 6 January 1997.
- 1997 through about 2001: Toby Stanton at Hot Tubes worked on some of Seven’s painted frames.
- In 1997 through 1999: Helped source some parts and had conversations with Bob Parlee about bike design and the inception of his business.
- 2008+: Ongoing work with Dave Weagle on incorporating his incredible suspension genius into Seven’s custom process.
- 2010: Seven starts building frames for Spectrum Cycles – Tom Kellogg.
- 2010: Honey Bikes. Yay!
Here’s a related blog post about framebuilding.