Thursday, October 15, 2009

Frame Builder Profile: Violet Crown Cycles

Custom Bicycle Company Name:
Violet Crown Cycles

Year business founded:

Material you work with:

City Bikes, Xtracycles, Cargo bikes, Touring, Cyclocross, Road

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(512) 791-9874

About Violet Crown Cycles:
Violet Crown Cycles is a maker of hand built fully custom, steel lugged transportation bicycles from our shop in Austin, Texas. Whether you choose our city bike, The Ferguson, cargo bike, touring or road bike, every bicycle we make is designed from the beginning to be a great bike for transportation. This means fenders, racks, and lighting systems are standard features, not an afterthought. We also believe that just because you are riding a utility bike doesn't mean it has to be ugly. Using our easy to navigate online ordering form, we build stylish, classic bikes based on your personal tastes and riding style tailored to your body. Fashion AND function is our motto.

About the Builder:
Elliott McFadden is the builder behind the quality custom transportation bicycles of Violet Crown Cycles crafted in Austin, Texas.

Elliott is passionate about cycling and passionate about using alternative transportation to help enhance one’s quality of life. He founded Austin CarShare, Texas’ first carsharing service, worked on the campaign to bring commuter rail to Austin, and is one of the editors of Austin On Two Wheels, the Online Magazine of Austin Cycling Culture.

In 2008, Elliott studied framebuilding using the lugged steel and fillet brazed methods under master framebuilder Doug Fattic. In early 2009, he put together the financing and workshop space for VCC opening for business in April 2009.