We're proud to be a New England company; to be inspired and surrounded by like-minded outdoor companies is a huge bonus.
We recently had a chance to visit Independent Fabrication, a hop/skip/jump over from Dover to Newmarket. To call IF a bike company is like calling Apple a music player company. Gary Smith gave us the behind the scenes tour at their new(ish) digs.
Tubestock, racked and ready to go.
Much of their machining is done on post-war era lathes, CNC machines, etc. There's a lot of heavy metal going on in the back, just sayin'.
A titanium frame on the stand, ready to be finished welded in the morning.
Shiny and waiting their turn -- rack of forks.
Some finished forks being shown off by Gary.
Independent's locker rooms. Fully customized, as expected.
Gotta love details like on this belt drive bike.
Their in-house capabilities are impressive and inspiring. They've certainly elevated bicycle manufacturing to a level of artisan craft that doesn't necessarily exist in today's world anymore.