I’ve always had a hard time separating my love for riding bicycles from my love of bicycles themselves. It's that passion that's created my obsessive interest in the production of bicycles, and an extensive knowledge of small companies, custom frame-builders, and other craftspeople that populate the specialty cycling marketplace.
One thing that I have noticed lately is that there’s a new category of bike company that's not like the big companies, like Trek, Specialized, and Giant, or tiny boutique frame-builders that make everything custom to order. These small companies make batches of bikes, usually in stock sizes and models, but they usually make them here in the USA by hand, and they don’t make a whole lot of them.
And these companies are growing.