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Old 08-07-2013, 02:42 PM
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:43 AM
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Hi William,

Thanks for letting me take a turn at the front. Its great to be here and I'm excited to answer some questions.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:30 PM
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Hi William,

Thanks for letting me take a turn at the front. Its great to be here and I'm excited to answer some questions.
I'll lob one your way to get things rolling - what was your first job in the bike biz?

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Old 08-08-2013, 03:53 PM
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In any line of work, there is always something in the process that people feel they really excel at. What is that part of the process for you?





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Old 08-08-2013, 08:59 PM
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I'll lob one your way to get things rolling - what was your first job in the bike biz?

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Thanks for the question Dave. I don't know if this counts as my first "job" but I started sweeping the floors of my local shop when I was 13. They paid me in tubes and tires, which was awesome at that age. My family moved a couple of years later and I applied at the local shop. They gave me $5/hr to build kids bikes and stock tubes. I think getting free tires and tubes was a better deal though.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:05 PM
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In any line of work, there is always something in the process that people feel they really excel at. What is that part of the process for you?





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Great question William! For me, it's designing and fitting the customer for their new bike. I've fit so many people over the years that this part comes so naturally to me. I also feel as though I've developed a fitting method that really only comes with experience. It's less a numbers game now and more of a mental understanding of the customer and their needs. Numbers only mean so much when it comes to fit, in my opinion.
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:17 PM
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the work looks niiice Aaron. ! Looking forward to seeing some frames around the neighborhood. I concur with your fitting method.
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:09 AM
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Nice work, Aaron. Lots of variety.

I'll ask a few questions:

In the actual building of say, a fillet-brazed road bike, what's the hardest part for you, and why?

Are you also going to do lugs, or are you sticking to TIG and fillets?
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:41 PM
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Nice work, Aaron. Lots of variety.

I'll ask a few questions:

In the actual building of say, a fillet-brazed road bike, what's the hardest part for you, and why?

Are you also going to do lugs, or are you sticking to TIG and fillets?
Hey Louis. Thanks for the questions. For a fillet frame, the hardest part is polishing the fillets. While I'm a million times faster at cleaning them up now, then I used to be, its just straight physical labor. It's not glamorous at all and is one of the reasons I got into TIG welding. After a while, I didn't see the fun in polishing brass for a living. Don't get me wrong though, I enjoy it from time to time, but I prefer TIG welding. I just happen to have started with fillets and after showing them at NAHBS for the last two years, people are still asking for them!

I have done lugs in the past and don't mind them, they are just restricting in how I design my bikes. So I don't do a lot of them. I don't really advertise them because there are a lot of guys out there doing lugged bikes and I would prefer to focus my efforts on maybe exploring new materials. Like Ti or Aluminum.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:30 PM
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Aaron! I'm stoked to see you get a builder's spotlight and I'm definitely excited to see the mudfoot frames that are coming out. anything that you can let us preview?? ha!

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