Independent Fabrication and Bailey Works New Space
Both Independent Fabrication and Bailey Works Bags are owned by the same person, and each recently moved to a new, purpose built facility in Newmarket NH, roughly an hour and a half away from Indy Fab’s original Boston home and across the bay from where Bailey Works began. Located in a completely rehabbed 200 year old textile mill complex, the new facility is built out exactly as each production team wishes, with ample space and natural light making it that much easier to make the best bikes and bags possible. The move just happened in the past couple of weeks, with construction and final setup obviously still under way—the space requires some vision to fully “see” what will come to be. At the consumer end the facility opens with a large showroom and bar area to display bikes and bags, along with a fitting studio and general hang-out areas to serve both the local cycling community and customers traveling to see exactly where their custom bike is born. If you’ve visited one of the Rapha pop-up stores around the country think that style of build out, all with a view of the actual production areas of both Independent Fabrication and Bailey Works. IF has always been known for their paint work, and with the installation of a state of the art downdraft paint booth the size of some of our college apartments the work should end up going to the next level in terms of finish quality and environmental cleanliness. On the employee side of things, think custom lockers for a race team feel, a large indoor bike wash and dry station and ample indoor bike parking. Construction is wrapping up quickly, with full bike and bag production expected to be back in order next week—can’t wait to visit again once everything is in place as this looks to be raising the bar on the custom experience.