Ant bicycles is a small bicycle fabrication shop run by Mike & Betsy Flanigan in Walpole, MA. We are dedicated to building bikes for transportation that have the right combination of function and style. Mike has been in the bike trade since 1983 and joined the Boston bike building scene in 1989. Betsy takes care of marketing, the website and is the bright force in Mike’s life
Since 2001 ANT has been dedicated to building bikes for transportation that have the right combination of function and style. Our passion for the bike industry and the culture of living by bike shows in the creation of A.N.T.
We not only hope to meet the needs of people’s commuter bikes, but to influence consumers to think about bicycle commuting in a more positive way. We love all types of cycling but felt that there was a real need to bring to the table bikes that have the right combination of style and function that is so lacking in the market. Most people have this fear of investing in a bike for commuting, but it is their most-used bike!
ANT was the first handmade bicycle fabricator to focus solely on transportation. After more than 10 years of influence on the bike commuting market, we can say that ANT has helped turn around the bike industry’s focus away from the sport market to transportation. All major bicycle companies and many hand-built bicycle shops now have a product line that has the ANT style
For the last 4 years ANT has shifted our focus to teaching Frame Building classes and has helped start many new offspring building bicycles around the world.
We still offer made to order transport bicycles as well as full custom frame sets and bicycles.
Favorite quote: “When I see an adult on a bicycle I do not despair for the future of the human race.”–H.G.Wells
Mike and Betsy