Here at Alternative Needs Transportation or ANT Bicycles, we [Mike & Betsy] are set out to re-invent the “Roadster” style bike that is a conglomeration of Dutch, French and English style commuter bicycles, but built with American craftsmanship and with modern techniques and components.
We are also interested in promoting our bikes as not only commuter bicycles, but as everyday bicycles that can be used for any type of road or light trail/dirt road riding. A lightweight, but rugged bike with fattish tires and equipped with all the accouterments that you will need to travel comfortably, safely and to be able to carry the things that you need.
Mike Flanigan has a long background in manufacturing bicycles and while Betsy Eckel Scola has a full time day job, as a college administrator, she is also our marketing manager and webmaster [and major supporter of all things ANT].
We make all steel bicycles that are TIG welded and so for the most part, that is the type of bike the ANT is. We use raw materials from USA shops, such as tubes from True Temper and frame parts from Paragon machine and Paul’s components, as well local machine shops and lazer cutting shops.
Our shop is outfitted with all the machine tools like a full production machine shop and we have a building process that has been refined over many years of experience. We do the whole process. From complete bicycle and frame design to every aspect of machining, welding, alignment, finishing work, powder coating, assembly, wheel building and shipping, we are devoted to competent quality work throughout the process.
Each frame has sealed frame tubes for rust prevention. The seat tube has a drain hole in the BB shell and is treated with JP Weigle’s frame saver as well as the steering tube and the inside of the headtube.
Each bike has a powder coated finish [rather than wet paint/solvent based]. Powder coating is a safe and clean way to finish a frame that is better for the air, water and the worker. However, powder coating is a one color finish…no fades or art work.
Our bikes are assembled with the very best American made components from:
- Chris King
- Dill Pickle
- King Cage
- Paul’s Components
- Paragon Machine Works
- Phil Wood
- Selle Antomica
- Velocity Rims
- WALD Components
- White Industries
- Woody Fenders
Please get in contact with any questions.
Sincerely Mike and Betsy
ANT 508-921-3623 firstname.lastname@example.org