We have a lot of framebuilding talent around the Twin Cities area, they’re an integral part of the fantastic cycling scene here. This is meant to be a current, hopefully complete list of some local framebuilders in and around the Twin Cities (listed alphabetically). I’m sure there are other Minnesota builders that i’m missing, so feel free to email me with updated or new info.
Five Mpls Framebuilders joined up to create a collaborative booth at the 2010 NAHBS. Capricorn Bicycles, Clockwork Bikes, Peacock Groove Bicycles, Vincent Dominguez Cycles, and Wyganowski Custom Bicycles worked together to share costs and create the Minnesota Island. There are good photos of their bikes on Flickr.
St. Paul, MN. Lugged and filet brazed steel and carbon frames. Nice understated style to what looks like the standard paint job. Dave is a new sponsor of the Gopher Wheelmen Cycling Team, and is one of the few framebuilders anywhere (along with Bob Brown) building lugged stainless steel frames.
A-Train Cycles is Alex Cook, who also works at the Bicycle Chain in Roseville, MN. Offers racks as well as filet-brazed and lugged frames and forks.
Pallas Athena Cycles
Apprenticed with Paul Wyganowski, now starting on his own. Currently building primarily steel frames — lugged or fillet brazed. Road, mountain, cyclocross, and track. Will be adding titanium frames in late 2011. Website in the works, should be up by the end of January 2010.
St. Paul, MN. Super custom work such as lugged tandems, repairs and nice paint work. Builds the Route 29er production frames for The Route bike shop, using his own cool fork crown design. Builds lugged, filet brazed and welded steel. One of the (or maybe the) first builders in the country to make lugged frames with the new Reynolds 953 stainless tubing. Does a fair bit of mountain bike and ‘cross racing locally with the Kenwoodies.
Website (Blog): www.capricornbicycles.blogspot.com
An alum of Waterford, now doing beautiful work with his own line. Has this bike on the FGG, and some nice work on his blog. A wide range of frame styles, beautiful racks too. Nice guy, great attention to detail. Brad got some great press from his bikes at the 2010 NAHBS, and had some lovely bikes at the 2010 Minnecycle show. Update: in 2011 Brad moved to Eugene, Oregon, check his website for updated contact information. Eugene is a lucky city.
Joel Greenblatt, Minneapolis, MN.
Filet brazed or lugged steel. Nice range of styles and ideas, like the one-piece stem/bars. I’ve seen one at local CX races.
St. Paul, MN
Apprenticed with Wyganowski, now building on his own. I saw a guy riding a Dominguez fixed gear on the Greenway, turns out it was Vincent himself, commuting home on a beautiful day.
St. Paul, MN. Built frames for Rivendell for many years, now works only on his own line of customs. One of the very best framebuilders in the country. Does a nice job with French bikes and randonneuring bikes in particular. All steel, mostly lugged, some filet. He’s been building a fair number of cyclocross bikes lately, and even started a cyclocross team of local riders. Our commutes cross paths some days; i first met him at a stoplight along Summit Ave.
Minneapolis, MN. More racing-oriented road bikes, has been building since the ’70s. Lugged steel, known for his amazing paper-thin lugwork. Does repairs and repaints too.
612-331-2723 (no web site)
Minneapolis, MN. Long-time local builder, is still building and doing repairs from his home. Still pretty involved with recumbents, tandems and single bikes. Lugged steel for sure, probably filet too. A neighborhood friend has a lovely touring bike from Osell with cool flying buttress lugs.
Odd name, cool bikes. Very custom work, lots and lots of pictures of one very cool bike on their site. I’ve seen two of his bikes this year (2007) at cyclocross races, very nice intricate work. Great use of stainless for the logos. Erik Noren organizes Minnecycle2, a lovely showcase of local framebuilding talent.
Minneapolis, MN. Long-time hobby framebuilder, well-known for his recumbents. Now retired into a more specialized career in metalwork and custom fittings. Has designed some very useful tools for 3-speed work.
no web site – email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Wyganowski Frames on Facebook
30127 105th St. NW, Princeton, MN 55371
Trained with Osell and Tim Paterek. He specializes in unicycles but is still actively building recumbents, tandems, children frames and singles.