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    Default Women Framebuilders

    In a sea of carbon fiber bikes around here, I am a spectacle riding my steel fixed gear road bike. Its not uncommon for other cyclists to strike up a conversation with me on the road about what i'm riding, and why.

    anyway, to make a long story short(er), i was talking to a few guys on the road this past weekend, and they mentioned that they had an acquaintance who was riding a bike made by one of the very few female frame builders in the country.

    do we know (or know of) any of these ladies?? just curious.

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    I think that we managed to run one of them off a while back.

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    SweetPea Bicycles ?

    Seen a few while riding in OR. Nice bikes.

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    Just thought I better clarify that Suzy was cool and I agree that somehow we managed to run her off. That wasn't cool.

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    Could also be Georgina Terry of Terry Bicycles

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    +1 on Dorman. It was not one of the more stellar VS moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donevwil View Post
    SweetPea Bicycles ?

    Seen a few while riding in OR. Nice bikes.
    Ramsland. Very nice, wife asked her a question via her site, she called! Has a hands-on approach, how to say this w/o sounding sexist...she talks girl to my girl. Seeds of goodwill sown immediately.

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    Lauren Trout of Saila bicycles. I have a steel tig welded fixed gear she built for me. She's got skills and is an awesome person as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jitahs View Post
    Take that Serotta.
    Please refrain from polluting this thread or I'll bring up Sir Lance-a-......

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    Quote Originally Posted by donevwil View Post
    Please refrain from polluting this thread or I'll bring up Sir Lance-a-......
    Too late. I invoked him wrt S. One love Jah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorman View Post
    Just thought I better clarify that Suzy was cool and I agree that somehow we managed to run her off. That wasn't cool.
    Agree. She made a lot of good points. Really miss her and Kirk.

    I know a few years back Moots had a woman welding frames. Believe one of the Bilenky team is female as well.

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    There used to be a lady in Santa Fe (she sold off her equipment and no longer builds) and I recall another one in LA that does a lot of track frames...

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    Megan Dean of Moth Attack has shown at NAHBS at least once, as a new builder. She makes cool bikes.

    mothattack

    edit: I think she's the one HvA is thinking of.

    edit 2: +2 on Dorman's post. Suzy's insight is missed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew J View Post
    Believe one of the Bilenky team is female as well.
    Isis. She is the painter. Good people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -HvA- View Post
    There used to be a lady in Santa Fe (she sold off her equipment and no longer builds)
    Margo of Luna Cycles. My girlfriend was awesome enough to buy both her Anvil disc brake fixtures for me from her equipment sale:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by -HvA- View Post
    There used to be a lady in Santa Fe (she sold off her equipment and no longer builds) and I recall another one in LA that does a lot of track frames...
    Santa Fe; You are referring to Margo Conover. She also lived in Colo for many years. Very nice bikes...Luna was the marquee. She was/is a very nice person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edoz View Post
    Margo of Luna Cycles. My girlfriend was awesome enough to buy both her Anvil disc brake fixtures for me from her equipment sale:)
    Spotted and spoke w/an Okie native riding one of your bikes. Nice and stealth.
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    Pretty sure Margo is no longer building (hence the tool sale).

    Bike Friday had a few women building when I was there, although I believe they have moved on. Seven at last check had several women welders and painters. I've lost track of the folks at R&E, but I thought they had a women there building.

    UBI, Bohm and Yamaguchi all graduate women regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nahtnoj View Post
    Isis. She is the painter. Good people.
    That's her. She did work on a restore for a bike of mine. Steady hand.

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    Default Re: Women Framebuilders

    Apparently Renovo's beautiful wooden frames are constructed by a woman:

    Sarah testing Justin's R4 citybike - Gallery: R4 Pursuit - Renovo Hardwood Bicycles

    A friend who visited their shop assures me that photo doesn't come close to doing her justice. For whatever that matters.

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