One of the most impressive shops I’ve ever set foot in is Seven Cycles. When we showed up at their facilities and walked in the door, I knew I was in for a treat. Rob so kindly opened the factory to us, after handing us safety glasses and before I knew it, I was getting the proper tour of their facilities. It’s not every day that you can visit a streamlined production facility in the US of A and I was blown away!
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Like every factory, there is waste. When your factory produces titanium bicycles, you tend to accumulate a lot of shavings. Enough to fill a barrel.
Regardless to how modern your bicycles are, chances are you still use 50-year machines.
Chances are, you’ve personalized them.
If these machines could talk.
And some do, reminding you of important details.
No matter how clean and orderly a shop is, there are always water bottles.
The welding stations were busy.
But before a bike is set up, it’s just a group of tubes.
… and lugs.
Eventually, the bikes move from machine to machine.
As they move down the line, they get various mounts and stops added.
Eventually, they’re reamed and ready to be finished.
And hung up.
But there are many steps before that happens.
Each bike is set up in a finishing stand.
And yeah, don’t suck!
Then they’re sent into the paint booth where the paints are mixed.
And decals are applied.
Then they’re sent to packaging.
Shortly after, the customer, or in this case, the employees build them up to be ridden. This is the employee bike parking.
Seven’s facilities were immense. Easily the biggest I saw in the Boston area.
Everything was set up in to encourage efficiency.
No matter how delicate your building process is, sometimes you’ve just gotta bang on shit. What better thing to hit with a hammer than an anvil?