I have decided to accept a full time welding position at Seven Cycles and will be starting there on Jan 5th 2015.
ANT operations will be closed up and will be selling most of my equipment to one of my students who is making a go at it called Vigo Cycles. Vigo might not be taking everything and I will have some things to sell, so if you are interested stayed tuned for a tool list to be posted. Vigo also took classes with Hot Tubes and has been working with Toby on building up the Vigo brand.
I am going to keep just enough tooling for a home shop to continue make bicycles, but on a part time basis and without taking any orders. The website, blog, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr will still be used. I will be showing my work at Seven, Seven events, riding bikes and eventually what I am making at home for fun and to sell, after the bike is made.
I have been friends with the core group at Seven for 25 years. Not sure if most know, but Fat City Cycles and Merlin were the feeders to Independent Fabrication and Seven. Fat and Merlin were right next door to each other and we ate lunch together everyday, rode bikes together and socialized a lot. So this is an easy transition and I am really looking forward to working at Seven.
Seven is a great place that is clean, well organized and does great work. The crew there rides bikes and are good people to be around, which makes a great work environment. Students and others interested in getting into the frame building business always ask me about how and where to get into the business and I have always told them “Get a job at Seven”…well I guess I am taking my own advice 🙂
ANT has been a full time operation for 12 years now, have made about 480 bikes [mostly complete] and taught about 60 classes. The numbers need to be higher to keep this kind of shop going.
I have some orders to complete, repairs to finish and a few warranties to finalize before I close up: I will email each of you, but thought I would post if you saw this before I got in contact.
- Marc L : Assemble and ship
- Joe B : Coat, assemble and ship
- Blue Lug : Coat, ship
- Gregor R : Weld
- Brian G : Weld
- Van H : fork: Weld
- Joel E : Weld
- Joel E : Weld
- Clay : Weld
- David W : Repair,Coat, assemble
- Rod L , fork: Weld
- Nat R fork: Weld
- Rachael N : Coat, assemble
Sincerely, Mike Flanigan