Growing up in New York City, a neighbor brought
over an old Legnano bicycle from Italy. The moment I saw that bike, I fell in love with cycling. When he retired from biking,
he gave the bike to me. I was thrilled and rode that bike everywhere I possibly could. I was so passionate about riding
that I would take the entire bike apart after every ride. I'd clean down everything and repack the bearings for the
next day. Who cared about homework! Eventually, I grew out of that 52cm frame and purchased a Sakei. What a disappointment, nevertheless,
I rode it for 2 years. It was this experience that drove me to building my own frame. At age 17, I contacted Vic Fraysee
of Paris Sport Cycles in New Jersey. With a little encouragement, he suggested I build my first frames out of Durifort tubing.
I purchased 3 sets of tubing and with his advise and that of the late, great Francesco Cuevas, I began my frame building career.
In 1980, I moved to Portland, Or. and worked for another great builder, Jim Merz. While in Oregon, I attended the Oregon College
of Arts and Crafts and studied hand engraving and jewelry design. These experiences added much to my frame building techniques.
In 1981 I returned back to New York and settled in the Poughkeepsie area where I built frames for over 20 years. I built
frames for the Hudson Valley Velo Club team, the Vitesse Cycling Team (now Verge) and some for the Mangoni team. I now reside
in Western Pennsylvania and have recently built for the Mezzatesta/Kraynick Cycling team.