There are always people who are interested in becoming framebuilders.
Thirty years ago, I was one of them.
Things didn't work out for me, but I get to help in the process now.
Which leads me to the point of this message:
You may end up doing something different, but no less important
or interesting, as you find your fit in the world of bicycle frames.
Now I'd like to suggest to those who are interested in framebuillding
that they consider a career in the world of frame customization.
There are lots of nice frames out in the worlld today that could be
reworked to make hem more useful for people.
Picture this: a customer comes to you with a frame and you offer her
the following services:
- repair broken frame parts
- delete and/or add braze-ons
- replace a missing fork
- add racks, fenders, lighting, etc
- paint and finish the frame
- restore old transfers/decals
The list can go on and on.
I think there's a growing need for people who are talented in the
various disciplines needed to customize bike frames. And a good
customizer could do work for both the public and the bike industry.
Preping show bikes is big business.
And the market is open. No one has established himself as the
leader of this segment. Here's your chance to defiine the space.
Just a thought - Matthew