I’m Eric, and I’ve got a long history with bicycles. I got my first one when I was a kid and never looked back. I didn’t stop riding when I turned 16. I’ve always had a bike, (except for that 8 weeks of basic training) and I’ve always ridden. My first job (and several after) have been in bike shops. From shop grommet to service manager. Bicycles are so much a part of my life that I don’t even think about vacations without a bike, and my bikes make up the majority of my possessions, value wise. Remember the IMBA ad with the really nice bike on the roof rack of an old crap wagon? That’s me.
I’ve also got a long history with building things. It’s in my genes. My dad was an engineer, his dad a pipefitter, and my other grandfather was a carpenter. I was trusted to work unsupervised in grandpa’s wood shop by the time I was 9 or 10. Building is what I do, and what I know. I see the things around me and think about how they’re made. I touch a handrail and I and I think about what kind of metal it is, where it was welded, I feel the marks where the weld was ground flat, and I think “I would have done it better”.
I’ve been a professional metal fabricator for 15 years. Although I currently work in aerospace, (I’ve built stuff for the space program) I have experience in fabrication of oil and gas equipment (higher tolerances than you think) deep sea submersible parts (think Jacques Cousteau & National Geographic), motorsport equipment like race cars and drag bikes plus boring stuff like chemical and nuclear plant piping.
So yeah, I have a day job. I’m not a full time builder, nor do I intend to be. A lot of folks will consider that a bad thing, but I don’t. I consider it a strength. It’s not like I dropped out of art school to do this, I’m a career craftsman. I came to framebuildling with the core metalworking skills already in place, and years of experience with high tolerance fabrication work and quality control. My day job also keeps food on my table, so framebuilding doesn’t have to. I don’t have to make compromises or rush jobs to get paid. It doesn’t become just another job, it stays fun. Your frame gets built with a smile on my face, and nothing but love goes into it.
If you’re still reading this, then take a look at my work and see if it speaks to you. If it does, and you’re in the market, drop me a line. If you want an Edoz, I’d be happy to build you one.