“I try not to do things simply because I CAN, but because I think deep down that they’re beautiful.” – ezra caldwell
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m from Vermont.
Where in Vermont?
Putney. (Named after my dog).
First bike you ever owned?
A super cool Flandria five speed road bike with little kid sized 24″ wheels. It’s hanging in my shop now.
How did you get interested in building bikes?
I had a pretty good gig teaching dance for a bunch of years (?). I always used a bike to get around. Students started approaching me wanting to become commuters. I took it upon myself to use whatever money they could come up with to put them on an appropriate bike. Lots of scouring Ebay, and Craigslist…finding frames that seemed like a good starting point and then building from there. Word got out, and people were coming to me with more and more money, and I became a bit of a bike stylist (gag.) When I finally ran away screaming from the dance world (something I had meant to do for years), bike building just appeared as the obvious next thing to do. To have real control over the final bike, I felt like I had to be building the frame as well as choosing what to hang from it.
What skill sets did you have already when it in came to bike building? Which ones did you have to learn?
I had a pretty decent background in fabrication. Mostly wood working. My father was a woodworker, and I grew up making stuff in his shop. Later, as a teenager, I worked construction around southern Vermont in the summers. Somewhere in there, later on, I took a year off from dance and worked in a cabinet shop in NYC. I had NO experience with metal work, though (besides an elective jewelry class in college). So, the basics of working with machines and understanding joints and learning how to make fixtures that allow you to repeat operations accurately…this stuff was all natural. I had to learn how to braze, though. And had to learn a lot about bicycle design, and just how the bloody things go together. Still learning that stuff, really.
Smart design from an architect/designer who worked on NASA’s International Space Station.
“For the serious backpacker or outdoorsman, the Cricket is a mobile base-camp that provides a secure place to store whitewater kayaks, snowboards, mountain bikes, fishing poles or hunting gear while you go on day excursions.” – cricket trailer
I bought this magazine just for the cover. I turned a few pages and lo and behold – an article about Bob “Evel” Knievel and his plan to jump the Grand Canyon with “twin delta wings and a rocket section on the tail.” Now I know what it must have felt like to discover the Dead Sea Scrolls. Sort of sad…I’ll never top this one.
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“It will reach 250 miles an hour soaring over the Canyon with its twin jet engines and nitro burning Bonneville engine. It will accelerate to 158 miles an hour in 3.7 seconds.” – evel knievel on his plans to jump the grand canyon
Bill Buckner handled the aftermath of the ’86 World Series with a steely-grace. When I was kid, “Billy Buck” was on the LA Dodgers – the team I lived and died for. He was the heart and soul of that team, and my favorite Dodger.
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“The dreams are that you’re gonna have a great series and win. The nightmares are that you’re gonna let the winning run score on a ground ball through your legs. Those things happen, you know. I think a lot of it is just fate.” – Bill Buckner in an October 6, 1986 interview on Boston’s WBZ-TV, nineteen days before Game Six.