Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on November 9th, 2006 at 10:38 am
Photo: Pacenti Cycle Design
Portland just scored another bike industry coup.
Kirk Pacenti of Pacenti Cycle Design — a well-known designer and supplier of bicycle lugs and frame tubing — has announced that he will move his business to Portland by the end of next year.
Pacenti supplies artisan bicycle builders with everything needed to build a frame and provides expertise in designing, engineering and sourcing lugs, dropouts and other frame components.
Pacenti is also a frame tubing broker and distributor and represents Columbus in addition to other manufacturers and can supply tubes in titanium, aluminum, carbon fiber, and steel.
a Vanilla head tube.]
Six years ago, Pacenti moved to Chattanooga Tennessee to work at Litespeed Bicycles, but from a conversation I had with him this morning, he said he never intended to stay in Tennessee for the long haul:
“I was on a five-year plan when I moved here. I used to live in Seattle and I’ve I always liked Portland better. The fact that I’ve already got a lot of customers in Portland will certainly be a benefit to my business.”
In a story reported today at BicycleRetailer.com, Pacenti recently left his day job after his bike business jumped 50% last year.
Pacenti Cycle Design will be a nice complement to Portland’s talented crop of bike builders and Pacenti says he looks forward to plugging into the ongoing efforts to promote and develop the local bike industry.