Building a bicycle for a man without Arms

Update:
I am humbled by the story ran in the Post-Gazette this past weekend about Mike Trimble and myself. The story is going viral, and has appeared internationally on websites, and been retweeted by some big names that I have long admired. Please “like” or “share” the original article on the Post Gazette, and watch our video linked there as well.
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/inspiration-on-wheels-704319/

Repairing an “Heirloom” Bicycle

This young man owned a steel framed bicycle passed down from his father. The small crack in the seat tube made it usafe to ride. But that’s a problem I can easily repair in my shop, and he left a happy guy.

Custom Retro Bike for Commuting in our Beautiful City

Tom with his finished Custom Maestro Roadster Frame.

Tom’s Retro Bike. Based on a bike form the Turn of the Century.

Tom, owner of Golden Triangle Bike Rental, with his finished Custom Maestro Roadster Frame.

This bike was custom built for Tom, owner of Golden Triangle Bike Rental, needed a every-day commuter to get to work in downtown Pittsburgh.

After talking over his needs and measuring Tom, I built up this beautiful black powder coated bicycle, based on one from the turn of the century.

Tom did his own modifications by using a front brake instead of a coaster brake.

I like building these city commuters and making everyone unique. If you are interested in one, please contact me.

Old School

The Gold chain adds a personal touch to Tom’s bike.

Every Custom Frame is unique

My First Public Show at the Banff Film Fesitival

The two days of the Banff Film Festival was a great time. I got to talk to many like minded riders. I wish I could remember everyone by name to thank each one of you personally For showing interest and support in my craft.  If you find yourself on the North Side, stop by the shop and say Hi, and see for yourself how the following bikes are built

This is my signature Maestro Track Frame, 54″ with Celeste Green Wheelset. Number plate mount included, with horizontal rear dropouts.   I think this jet black frameset really looks sharp set against the celeste green wheels.

 

 

 

 

 

The bike below belongs to Suzanne Atkinson of Steel City Endurance. Suzanne’s custom frame is a 29″ Single Speed Mountain bike with Front Suspension. Suzanne loves riding her rigid single speed conversion, but the frame has always been a little “reachy” for her. She wanted to try out a front suspension with the single speed and a custom frame will allow her to ride 29″ wheels and still be comfortable.  A  Paul’s crankset & bottom bracket will complete the build this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again for making my first public show a success, and I look forward to hearing from you!

-Michael

Getting Setup in the Shop

I’ve been home from my apprenticeship with Mike Flannigan of ANT (Alternative Needs Transportation) for 4 weeks now and the shop is finally ready to build my first Pittsburgh frames. It’s been a fun process of locating, purchasing, transporting, moving and setting up high-quality fabrication tools, and customizing my shop layout.

Here are couple of photos of the process of setting up shop for manufacturing:

The Milling Machine

This is a pre world war II era milling machine for making custom mitered tubing of any angle and frame type or size.  While in Boston I cleaned up the machine, got the table working again and finally it arrived on a pallette.   With the help of a few good friends, we got it in position and ready to use in the shop.

 

Shop futon & Custom Table

This table used to be the grease drip pan for the milling machine. I recycled it by flipping it over, welding on four square steel legs, cleaning up the top and using it for my coffee table. This is where most of my friends can be seen when they come to help setup.