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    Just plowed through this nice read on Mike Flanigan. Mike painted and welded my IF. It really meant a lot that he and Tyler virtually signed my warranty card on Flickr almost 15 years after they had a hand in building my frame. After reading this interview I feel bad for respraying the original sprout green double fade.

    Mike Flanigan: Frame Builder History with ANT Bike Mike | The Bicycle Story

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    I met Mike when IF first started up, and a few other time over the years. Pretty sure he painted my 96 Mango Deluxe.

    I don’t think there’s a person on the planet who ever said a negative thing about Mr Flanigan. I wish Mike and his family all the best!

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    I would love to see someone shoot a video documentary on framebuilders either starting with Sachs and Weigle or Fat City Cycles. The history and family tree is a fascinating story; to see the builders and hear them tell the story in their own words would be powerful. Stacy Peralta's Bones Brigade: an Autobiography is an excellent example but on the New England builders who spawned from Fat City. Mike would be a perfect narrator to open on his handlebar moustache, cutting to players in the industry current and former in one documentary would be a sweet film. Like the Bones Brigade, the Fat City story never gets old.

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    Default Re: Mike Flanigan interview The Bicycle Story

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinclair View Post
    Give up cycling, keep riding the bike.

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    Default Re: Mike Flanigan interview The Bicycle Story

    niches within niches.

    and the industry has gone in a totally different direction.
    read: carbon.

    everything has a place. interesting to see the progression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanile View Post
    There should be a line connecting Witcomb and Serotta. That's where Ben got his start. Or am I mistaken?

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    Default Re: Mike Flanigan interview The Bicycle Story

    Cool graphical representation of the evolution/chronology ...

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    there are some very large oversights/inaccuracies in that diagram up above.
    also, the way the info is laid out, compounded by the fact that i'm viewing it on a computer screen, makes it very hard to read. i'm sure its lovely printed on poster paper though.

    i'd appreciate it if it was never posted again, just left to fade into the annals of internet misinformation

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    how about telling us of the inaccuracies instead of only shitting on it?
    especially when these are the people youre declaring are wrong:
    Quote Originally Posted by Sinclair View Post
    Give up cycling, keep riding the bike.

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    Default Re: Mike Flanigan interview The Bicycle Story

    Curt...
    Witcomb London, and Witcomb USA were two very differant entities. London was Serotta's connection, then Saratoga Springs.
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    It's a very nice story about Mike.

    As far as the family tree poster goes, I saw it when it came out. It seems like History-Lite atmo. I remember the emails soliciting for dates and anecdotal information to be used in the compilation. It had an air of fetishism about it that seemed to stymie any real meat-and-potato level fact culling. Peter felt similarly. I won't speak for others listed in the pool but the accuracy at the top there seems a bit lacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIHans View Post
    Curt...
    Witcomb London, and Witcomb USA were two very differant entities. London was Serotta's connection, then Saratoga Springs.
    Thanks. Yes, I knew this. I was commenting on London. All three (RS, JPW & Serotta) spent some time there. But I didn't see the poster refers to Witcomb USA. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Mike Flanigan interview The Bicycle Story

    a gentle overview.
    few guys i see missing are:
    mitch kneller- still a few of his frames around
    gary helfrict- first guy to weld ti frames at merlin
    dave hartranft- painted mostly but did build some frames
    gary klein- mit student. early to the oversized aluminum bike game

    this is a recollection. im sure there are dates wrong and details incorrectly interpreted.
    i appreciate the effort and the flashback.

    in cambridge/ somerville frequently i often pass by some of the many places that chris chance had his shop over the years.
    its like a trivia contest. his original shop was in the current basement of cambridge bicycle... which they had no idea about.

    gary kleins first aluminum bike resides at the MIT museum right next door... you can interpret that as the beginning of the end for bike frames made of steel. welding is cheaper, faster, lighter, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    gary klein- mit student. early to the oversized aluminum bike game... kleins first aluminum bike resides at the MIT museum right next door...
    Marc Rosenbaum built an aluminum bike before Klein did at MIT. That's an interesting story, when you can get him to dish on Klein.

    Rosenbaum now rides a lugged steel Dave Anderson!
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    Default Re: Mike Flanigan interview The Bicycle Story

    Back to the topic at hand, mike is a super nice guy, and always been very helpfull when I have talked to him. Hope him the best with his new job.
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    Default Re: Mike Flanigan interview The Bicycle Story

    good for Mike

    so much missing form the chart

    Rhygin, Dogma, Scott Spence ( Merlin)
    333fab, Benard Georges (IF)
    add Gaulzetti too the list Curtis Jackson ( Fat, Merlin,Cam Mechanics)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thollandpe View Post
    Marc Rosenbaum built an aluminum bike before Klein did at MIT. That's an interesting story, when you can get him to dish on Klein.

    Rosenbaum now rides a lugged steel Dave Anderson!
    new one on me.
    i was working at a shop in boston when klein brought in an early frame.
    we were... " nobody will buy that thing. its ugly as sin and probably rides like shit"
    in the long run.. we were right and wrong.

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    So - if I never hired Chris, I wonder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveP View Post
    new one on me.
    i was working at a shop in boston when klein brought in an early frame.
    we were... " nobody will buy that thing. its ugly as sin and probably rides like shit"
    in the long run.. we were right and wrong.
    What, the Klien Rascal, their bread and butter mountain bike was a very nice riding bike. The full suspension stuff was a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    It's a very nice story about Mike.

    As far as the family tree poster goes, I saw it when it came out. It seems like History-Lite atmo. I remember the emails soliciting for dates and anecdotal information to be used in the compilation. It had an air of fetishism about it that seemed to stymie any real meat-and-potato level fact culling. Peter felt similarly. I won't speak for others listed in the pool but the accuracy at the top there seems a bit lacking.
    I like the version that Tyler E. posted a while back.

    And it's great to see Mike get some love.

    His class was on My bucket list. I've said this before, but my Boston Roadster is the one bike in the quiver I can't imagine letting go - I ride it with my kids today, and I expect to keep riding it when I'm old... I love the homage to Iver Johnson. I could trade the SA 3-spd for a Rohloff someday, but I cannot truly think of any other way to improve it.

    Come to think of it, the NE builder chart could go much further back.

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