New England has a grand history of bicycle building and innovation. Pierre Lallement, considered the father of the bicycle, worked in Connecticut and Boston. The North American bike industry started with Colonel Pope’s factory in Hartford in the 1870s. Aegis Bicycles (of Maine) in 1986 became the first U.S. company to make carbon monocoque frames, and in 1987 Merlin Metalworks was founded, a pioneer in titanium frame fabrication. New England continues to be a leader in quality bespoke bicycle building, with many brands known far and wide.
The only place in our region to see the work of these builders, all in one place, is the New England Builders Ball. This Friday, Oct 5. At the beautiful Biltmore in downtown Providence. The forecast is sunshine, but bring your favorite bicycle rain gear just in case.