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Harvey Cycle Works Shop Visit

Kevin Harvey and his alignment table made of an 1100 lb slab of granite.

Kevin Harvey and his alignment table made of an 1100 lb slab of granite.

Kevin Harvey of Harvey Cycle Works is one of those “under the radar” frame builders who should be above the radar, for sure. Currently building out of his garage in Indianapolis, Harvey has been at frame building since the mid-90′s when he decided to take his machining and artistry knowledge and apply it to a racing mountain bike for himself.

Harvey started out as an engineer before transferring to the Herron School of Art to get his degree in furniture design, then applying both skill sets to his frame design. Out of school, however, Harvey hooked up with Andretti Racing and has been a CNC machinist for Team Andretti going on 12 years now. Yes, his full-time job is Machining for Andretti Indy cars.

In any spare time he has, Harvey is working on current bike projects, whether for himself, his kids or clients. Frame builders come to the game with various skills, but it’s a rare builder who has a background in the trifecta of engineering, artistry and machining. The knowledge shows in the details of all his frames, whether it’s custom racks, hand carved lugs or internal wiring in his randonneuring frames.

Harvey just secured a plane ticket and “New Builder Table” at this years North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver on February 22 – 24. If all goes well, I believe he will have put himself on the frame building map that weekend. Check out his site for more info and builds.
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Commuting, touring, kid hauling, couriering, mechanic work, sales, advocacy, fixed, free—Scott has had his hands in it all over the years.

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