Each year I try to give back a week of my time to a professional who wants to take their skill to the next level; learn paint, tig, new materials, etc...
This year I had the pleasure of hosting Daan from 11 Ants Titanium Bicycles. The owners have focused their bicycle design on Pinion and Rohloff builds in titanium, a market segment that has room for growth in Europe. Their builds for the last three years have been commissioned in China, but due to the stresses of working long distance and inability to control quality, spec, and manage expectations, they want to move the production home to Holland. Daan came to me with 20 years fabrication and machine shop experience, but no bicycle work. It was our goal to expose him to the fabrication process and begin to understand the unique difficulties in working with Titanium.
Over the next 5 days, we worked through language and machine familiarization barriers to reach a level of competency that will build a strong foundation for this companies future success.
Bill and I were also able to get an Accuset fixture into their hands, only the third fixture we've sent out, nice to see it go to a good home that can truly use it's accurate set up, repeat-ability, and massive access for joining.
Best wishes to Roy, Jeroen, and Daan as they move to the next step in their journey...Made in Holland!