Lighthouse Cycles' History
I was shop manager at the widely known Bicycle Center in Santa Cruz when I built my first Lighthouse frame in 1975. Local riders recognized the quality and performance of those early Lighthouse bikes, enabling me to begin building full time in 1976. By 1996, I'd created over 1000 frames.
1981, setting aside Lighthouse for the time being, I joined Mike Sinyard at Specialized as the company's first product designer, a career move that was to have a profound impact on modern day bike design and culture.
I designed the fledgling company's first line of bicycles: A sport-touring bike called the Sequoia; a classic road racer called the Allez, and the Expedition, a ready-for-anything, full-on touring rig. Most notably, I designed what Bike Magazine called one of the 14 greatest bicycles ever made, The Stumpjumper - the first production mountain bike. An original Stumpjumper bearing my signature is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC
In 1996, I decided to produce only a few frames a year for friends so that he could pursue his love of gourmet cooking. I worked as an executive chef overseeing 35 employees with sales of over $2.8 million. In 2008, he cooked for one of Andy Hampsten's cycling tours in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
While focused on my cooking career, I always had a tubeset in the works in the shop.
So it is with delight that I return to my love of frame building full time, in a freshly re-tooled shop featuring the incomparable Anvil jig and my renewed enthusiasm for this timeless trade.
My lifelong love of bicycles and exacting standards are the ingredients I bring to hand-crafting Lighthouse bicycle frames resulting in proper fit and superb ride quality.
Just ask a Lighthouse rider.
"The most beautiful thing about a custom bike is not just what you see, it's what you feel" - Tim Neenan