My bicycles are made by hand and begin with simple steel tubing that I mill, miter, bend, and weld. When starting, I often have a character in mind, mostly world travelers or explorers. I imagine that the bikes belong to these characters, an idea which manifests in elements of design and decoration. The bicycles are hand engraved, leaving permanent images so that if the paint were to be removed, the artwork would still be seen. Inspired by the fine arts, I aspire to make every bicycle into something that is inventive, thought provoking, beautiful, and one of a kind.
The cultural movement of fabricators around the world is filled with a lovely since of nostalgia for the Industrial Age. Being able to fabricate tools and a mode of transportation without relying on over-seas manufacturing is a powerful part of this emerging culture. I aim to share this ambition with the Texas community and with the creative population at large.
Benjamin Peck was born on a hippie commune in Summertown, TN, also known as “The Farm.” While attending Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, Benjamin worked at a bike shop, discovering his true passion. He then attend the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, OR where he learned bicycle mechanics and the smooth efficiency of the bicycle. In 2006, he moved to Arezzo, Italy to work as a head mechanic and manage a fleet of bicycles. Benjamin has gone on to work as a mechanic in many cities including San Francisco, Austin, Bonne Haute-Savoie (France), Boston, Houston, and New York City. He studied at the International Olympic Academy in Colorado Springs, CO becoming certified as an Olympic Bicycle Mechanic. After moving to New York City in 2009 and becoming inspired by Brooklyn’s artisan community, Benjamin decided to attend a bicycle steel construction course taught by Mike Flanigan of A.N.T. Bicycles. He then returned to New York to start his own fabrication studio, Benjamin Cycles. Benjamin has fabricated projects for Nike and National Geographic. He was featured in My Cool Bike by Chris Haddon and Preferred Mode by Sam Polcer, two photographic books about bike culture around the globe. He has also been reviewed in The Brooklyn Paper and The Brooklyn Courier. In 2013 he with two other partners organized the first Bike Cult Show at the Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY. This show highlighted bicycles made from hand and was the first of its kind to come to New York. Benjamin’s current metal fabrication studio is in San Marcos Texas.
United Bicycle Institute (Graduate)
Registered USA Cycling Race Mechanic
Bill Woodul Race Mechanic Clinic (Graduate)
Mike Flanigan of A.N.T. Bicycles (apprentice)
Co-founder of the BIKE CULT SHOW, New York City
Co-founder the RATIO SHOW Queens, NY
Co-founder the KEIRIN SHOW New York, NY
Featured in My Cool Bike by: Chris Haddon
Featured in Preferred Mode by: Sam Polcer
Reviewed in The Brooklyn Paper
Reviewed in The Brooklyn Courier
Fabrication projects for NIKE
Fabrication projects featured on the science television series Brain Games for National Geographic