Handmade custom bicycle manufacturing in the USA is facing its biggest crisis since TIG welding got popular. Henry James Bicycles is taking most of the heat. Company president, Chris Merrill, goes straight down the line.
In our new series called The Ride, we explore the relationships between cyclists and their handbuilt custom bikes, and how those partnerships enhance their cycling experiences and broaden their horizons.
The exit of the USA's largest bicycle tubing manufacturer will force many frame builders to seek alternative sourcing and puts a question mark over the future of exclusive supplier Henry James Bicycles.