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History

I am an avid cyclist and started riding seriously once getting out of the US Army in 1989.  Not wanting to run as much as I had in the previous 4 years, I went to visit a high school friend who co-owned one of the 3 bike shops in Billings, MT.  I left with a shiny new black Miyata 914 steel road bike and actually got hired to work at the shop and did so throughout my college years at Eastern Montana.

I also discovered Summer Biathlon (now Duathlon) and raced in several local events and competed in National events like the Coors Light Duathlon Series in 1990-1992.  In 1991 I purchased a Nishiki NFS Altron  for the Duathlon races and I was hooked on the whole lifestyle.  Unfortunately, life got in the way of working at The Bike Shop, and duathlon racing too.  In early 1993 I took my newly minted BSBA in Marketing, my girlfriend (now my wife of 20+ years) and moved to Phoenix, AZ and began my career in the corporate world.

Fast forward a few decades, and a dozen or so new bikes later, and after tiring of the corporate world, I went back to working in local bike shops.  It was after several years that I started to realize how many of my customers had no local resource to repair damaged or broken carbon bike frames.  As the founder and previous owner of Phoenix Race Cars, Inc. I knew I had gained enough experience with composites in order to try a few repairs for people I knew.  Those early “customers” were happy with the results and many began referring their friends and fellow cyclists and the frame repair side of the business was born.

I also had the urge to build my own carbon fiber bike frame to begin racing in a few local Duathlons (run-bike-run).  Maybe it was the 10 years building and racing cars, maybe it was because I couldn’t find a modern “funny” bike (700c Rear, 650c Front) to buy, or maybe it was the hours of research on the Internet that said it could possibly be done.  No matter what, I sourced the tubes and proceeded to build the bike…wet layup style.  The funny bike geometry proved to be a bit tricky, but after much deliberation, many layers of carbon, and hours and hours of sanding…did I say HOURS and HOURS…it came out just fine.  I’ve raced the bike in several local events, but due to the unequal wheel sizes it is illegal for use in ITU and UCI competition.  Over the past few years I’ve built several other frames for myself, friends and relatives, but in 2015 decided to invest in building a proper jig, an oven and decided to build frames for others.

I still race in Duathlon events and regularly win local races.  I have competed regularly in the Duathlon National Championships since 2012 and have represented Team USA in my age group at the World Championships since 2012.

Phoenix DSR-1 Sports Racer

An Early Lugged Frame

My first frame

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History

I am an avid cyclist and started riding seriously once getting out of the US Army in 1989.  Not wanting to run as much as I had in the previous 4 years, I went to visit a high school friend who co-owned one of the 3 bike shops in Billings, MT.  I left with a shiny new black Miyata 914 steel road bike and actually got hired to work at the shop and did so throughout my college years at Eastern Montana.

I also discovered Summer Biathlon (now Duathlon) and raced in several local events and competed in National events like the Coors Light Duathlon Series in 1990-1992.  In 1991 I purchased a Nishiki NFS Altron  for the Duathlon races and I was hooked on the whole lifestyle.  Unfortunately, life got in the way of working at The Bike Shop, and duathlon racing too.  In early 1993 I took my newly minted BSBA in Marketing, my girlfriend (now my wife of 20+ years) and moved to Phoenix, AZ and began my career in the corporate world.

Fast forward a few decades, and a dozen or so new bikes later, and after tiring of the corporate world, I went back to working in local bike shops.  It was after several years that I started to realize how many of my customers had no local resource to repair damaged or broken carbon bike frames.  As the founder and previous owner of Phoenix Race Cars, Inc. I knew I had gained enough experience with composites in order to try a few repairs for people I knew.  Those early “customers” were happy with the results and many began referring their friends and fellow cyclists and the frame repair side of the business was born.

I also had the urge to build my own carbon fiber bike frame to begin racing in a few local Duathlons (run-bike-run).  Maybe it was the 10 years building and racing cars, maybe it was because I couldn’t find a modern “funny” bike (700c Rear, 650c Front) to buy, or maybe it was the hours of research on the Internet that said it could possibly be done.  No matter what, I sourced the tubes and proceeded to build the bike…wet layup style.  The funny bike geometry proved to be a bit tricky, but after much deliberation, many layers of carbon, and hours and hours of sanding…did I say HOURS and HOURS…it came out just fine.  I’ve raced the bike in several local events, but due to the unequal wheel sizes it is illegal for use in ITU and UCI competition.  Over the past few years I’ve built several other frames for myself, friends and relatives, but in 2015 decided to invest in building a proper jig, an oven and decided to build frames for others.

I still race in Duathlon events and regularly win local races.  I have competed regularly in the Duathlon National Championships since 2012 and have represented Team USA in my age group at the World Championships since 2012.