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The Quest for a Custom Cyclocross Frame: Part I

April 27, 2012

The Quest for a Custom Cyclocross Frame: Part I

One of the best perks of moving to Easthampton, Massachusetts, may have been that National Champion Jeremy Powers is now practically living next door. But there are other perks, and one of the biggest is that NFG Cycles, a small custom framebuilding company run by Niall Gengler, is literally across the street from my new house. Of course, that meant that immediately after moving in, I was already out and about, prowling through Gengler’s shop, asking a million questions about his frames. Gengler hasn’t been in the business for too long, but he’s been in framebuilding for a while with other small independent companies, and told me he’s wanted to build bikes for as long as he can remember.

As I prowled around the shop, I asked where he got his start. “My dad was always super mechanical so  was always taking things apart and putting them back together,” he told me.

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