My passion for bikes does not find its origin in intention.
My first two-wheeler-acquired in 1980 from a neighbor who out grew it- was an 16-inch, fixed gear, orange, steel Peugeot.
Thinking back, I don't ever remember arranging to meet for a ride. Instead, my friends and I often found ourselves
spontaneously enjoying the universal riding experience of exploration and escape, in the north eastern Ohio woods.
During my sophomore year in high school, my friend Jason let me borrow his brand new 1989 GT Karakoram.
In retrospect, that afternoon created a breakpoint in my life. In riding one of the first mass-marketed mountain bikes
in the NE Ohio area, I was able to reconnect to the feelings of fun and adventure present in my early riding experiences.
At that point, my passion for bikes expanded into an interest in the bikes themselves.
Life moved on and decisions had to be made. I majored in biology in college, and soon enough, , I fell into work in international sales for a pharmaceutical company. Even if biology didn't fully pique my interest, life was filled with sales trips to Europe and good times with friends in Chicago. There were no complaints.
Then came September 11th. And due to that event, a slow unraveling of the career in which I had found myself.
While looking for work, I purposely turned to biking not as a place of adventure and exploration, but as an opportunity to reflect, and to reconnect to what was important in my life. The rides during this time were not exactly spontaneous and carefree, but they served a purpose. I realized that the next life step should be carefully considered and performed with intention. Due to my love of craft and design, I decided to pursue my masters degree in architecture.
During my five years at architecture school in Boston, I gained a higher level of understanding of structural systems
and an appreciation of the complexity of a build. I was genuinely excited about the next career step.
Disappointment in the lack of job opportunities for a newly minted architect would frustrate anyone. I decided to attend
framebuilding school in order to apply my love of design, and knowledge of structure to a smaller scale production,
one that I could even perform in my backyard shed.
The second breakpoint in my life came after weeks and weeks of learning and practicing the art and science of frame
building. Building my own mountain bike frame offered me an unique experience- the opportunity to actually
manufacture what I conceptualize.
In riding a Wiseman Frameworks frame, you allow me to provide you with the experiences of fun, exploration, reflection, and escape that mountain biking riding has evoked in me.