For many of us, riding bikes is one of our first loves.  It gives us a sense of unparalleled joy and freedom from the first time we are able to pedal away from out parent’s steadying hand.  Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve retained this sentiment into your adult life.  There are few things that can free us from our busy lives like a good ride.  It is with this spirit that I endeavor to build inspiring bikes.

I learned to weld while I was attaining my BFA in Sculpture from SUNY New Paltz in the late 90’s. I immediately knew that it would be my life’s devotion.  As soon as I finished my degree, I got a job at a two-man fabrication shop in Newburgh N.Y.  In the six years that i worked there, I learned

all phases of welding and machining.  The shop also required that i learn comprehensive blacksmithing skills, as we producedphoto-54 a lot of traditional architectural ironwork.  There was even a small foundry there that we were able to sand cast aluminum.  It was an invaluable learning experience.

In 2006, I decided it was time to move on and open my own shop.  Since then, I have applied general fabrication and blacksmithing in a wide array of applications.  From architectural ironwork, to interior lighting and furniture, to art fabrication.  My customers have provided me with a vast array of challenges, and consequent achievements.  Check out some of my work at my other site, baumannwerks.com.  I really need to update that one.

In 2011 I had the opportunity to work with Carl Schlemowitz at Vicious Cycles.  I thought it was a great chance to combine my love for metal working with my love for bicycles.  I feel like I learn more with every frame I build, and only seem to grow more enthusiastic.  This has been a side project that I’ve approached with the same attitude I have toward riding bikes… serious at times, but mainly for fun.


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