I am an ex frame builder and almost daily I hear from people I have never met but tell me their lives have been touched in some small way by my work. At least touched enough to take the time to write and tell me. Some emails are brief; others tell interesting stories of how a bicycle I built has become part of their life.
To explain why this means a lot to me; when I left the bike business 1993 I was thoroughly burned out and slightly bitter. I felt I had wasted a large part of my life. I had spent over thirty five years building bicycle frames and felt like a deserted spouse in that my customers had gone off with a new love, namely mountain bikes. I tried to get into building MTBs but my heart was never in it. There is no beauty in a mountain bike because it is the bastard child of the BMX bike, which is a bicycle pretending to be a motor cycle.
I am a now a writer and when I opened my website some two years ago to promote my then upcoming novel I made no mention of my previous career as a bicycle frame builder. After over ten years out of the business I felt no one would remember. I did write to Bicycling magazine one time but they couldn’t even grace me with a reply. I figured the entire staff of that magazine were probably in their twenties and therefore had only just reached puberty about the time I left the business.
A few bike enthusiasts and people in the business heard about my book and contacted me, some sending pictures and so I added a 'Bicycle Section' to my website. As others found my site through the various search engines they in turn contacted me and the Bicycle Section grew. I hear from people who have owned one of my bikes from new and from others who knew nothing about me but then stumbled on one of my bikes on EBay. They bought it, and then started searching information about the builder.
I’m posting this to thank those who have restored my faith in the bike enthusiast and have made me realize that the years I spent building frames was not wasted, and to any others out there who might be interested enough in my past work to check out my website at: www.ProdigalChild.net