Thursday, 25 February 2010
While the burgeoning mountainbike scene was growing on the West Coast, Fat City Cycles was doing things its own way on the other side of the country. Much like Charlie Cunningham, Chris Chance looked at off-road riding from a perspective that was in no way influenced by the venerable excelsior.
Soon after starting to build mountainbikes, chance began to TIG-welding but he wasn't the first. Craig Mitchell in Marin did a TIG frame in 1976 or so and Erik Koski did one in 1980. It was a difficult transition for Chance. Gary Helfrich, who worked for Chance at the time, recalls, "Chris was dyed in the wool 'oh my god!, welding will upset the molecular Feng Shui of the steel' sort of guy when I started to work for him in 1983, silver solder or die, Baby"
Important is the family tree that Fat City would end up spawning. Fat City employees Helfrich and Mike Augspurger would go on to found Merlin metalworks. Jeff Federson would start Specialty Racing Products (SRP). The former employees of Fat City would years later regroup as Independent Fabrications (IF)
Augspurger would leave Merlin to found One-Off and Rob Vandemark and some other former Merlin Employees would give birth to Seven Cycles. Had it not been for Fat City and Chris Chance , it is questionable whether the Northeastern bike building industry would have ever coalesced into the diverse and highly regarded scene it is today.
In 1995 Serotta took over his production and after that is died a small death
Nowadays Chris Chance is not working with bikes anymore and does not want to be remembered with this period in his life.
Chris is now working as a massage and Shiatsu techniques therapist
Number 10 -> AMP RESEARCH
Number 9 -> MOUNTAIN CYCLE SAN ANDREAS
Number 8 -> BONTRAGER
The Top 10
Posted by OLD-METAL at 22:19
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
A few weeks back i was contacted by a kind fellow Nuke Proof; Richard.
He had a spare set of the uber rare Nuke Proof titanium skewers, and i had something he wanted so we traded and now i have made another step to make my Nuke Proof ti Bike ALL NUKE PROOF
It is a challenge to find the other parts: Stem: Bars: Wheelset,..so if you can help me some of there parts?,..please give me a shout.
Other Nuke Proof topics:
- All NUKE on the blog
- My Nuke Proof bike
Posted by OLD-METAL at 17:20