Friday, May 3, 2013

Building an American-made bicycle

The frames and forks for both The Runwell and The Bixby are fabricated by Waterford Precision Cycles, a Wisconsin-based outfit headed up by Richard Schwinn and Marc Muller. A family-owned shop, they have earned an international reputation for building exceptional American-made frames and forks.

But what makes a Waterford frame unique? The quality of the American steel they use is obviously important, but there's more to it than that—producing a lightweight steel frame that precisely balances durability and comfort is an art form, and the craftspeople at Waterford have spent decades perfecting their craft.

For an in-depth look at the fabrication process that goes into every Shinola frame and fork, as well as the bicycle assembly process in our Detroit workshop, watch the video above.