Welcome to Maestro Frameworks, LLC. I build custom steel bicycle frames one at a time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each frame is built with the owner’s unique requests and custom measurements. Whether you want a simple frame for city riding, a rigid fixed gear for track racing, a single-speed 29″ mountain bike frame or even a custom sized unicycle, Meastro Frameworks will craft the bicycle of your dreams. Choose your paint color, either powder coated or custom wet paint job for bicycle that is uniquely you.
The making of Maestro
Building custom bicycles has been Michael Brown’s calling his entire life. In his early 20s, when Mr. Brown was racing and became his own mechanic, he started building custom wheels. People kept asking him about custom wheels for their bicycles, and he started working out of his apartment in South Park. A customer from Puerto Rico crowned him “Maestro.”
Mr. Brown opened a storefront in Bethel Park called, appropriately, Maestro Cycles. Back then, Mr. Brown was working with high-end bicycles, such as Colnago, De Rosa and Eddy Merckx. Even when he had jobs that had nothing to do with bicycles, he never fully abandoned cycling and remained a cycling coach.
In 2011, Mr. Brown wanted to get back to building bicycles and start his own business. After apprenticing with a master frame builder in Boston for 10 weeks, he came back and opened up Maestro Frameworks on Federal Street near Allegheny General Hospital.
Mr. Brown’s shop has been open for about 22 months and his creations are rolling all across the country now: Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Westchester County in New York. But 85 percent of his business is locally based, and everything is done in Mr. Brown’s shop except for painting, though that’s on the horizon.
He hopes that one day Maestro Frameworks becomes a sustainable business and his only job. He would like to employ a few people, which would allow him to help more people who cannot ride because they are not able to find bicycles that feel and fit right.
“My belief is that anyone can ride a bicycle and anything can be modified for people to meet their needs,” Mr. Brown said. “This is why I do what I do. I didn’t go out of my way to look for this market, but people keep finding me to do custom things that nobody else would touch.”
Who’s talking about MaestroFrameWorks?
Singletrack Geek: What is your current favourite handmade bicycle on the market?
Keith Bontrager: Michael Brown, Maestro Frameworks, in Pittsburgh. He’s a good builder and a great guy.