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Custom bike manufacture sets up shop in Dorchester

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 5, 2013 12:15 PM

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(Image courtesy Firefly Bicycles)

One of the titanium road bikes manufactured by Firefly.

A bicycle manufacture that makes custom bikes recently relocated to Dorchester.

Firefly Bicycles, previously based in Hyde Park, moved to the neighborhood last month and opened on Boston Street.

The company, which formed in 2011 and is made up of three individuals with years of experience manufacturing bike frames, works with both steel and titanium, creating bikes that are not only expensive, but functional things of beauty.

“Our space in Hyde Park was nice, but it was a little smaller than ideal,” said Kevin Wolfson, the lead frame designer for Firefly. “The new space has been awesome. It’s a friendly neighborhood and everyone has been really welcoming.”

Though materials like titanium, which allow for a more efficient and comfortable ride are expensive, running upwards of $12,000 for a complete bike, it’s the custom designs and the tailor made frames that make bikes by Firefly one of a kind.

“When a customer gets a bike from us it's perfected for them and one that they helped make,” said Wolfson.

Working with customers throughout the process, the company, which only produces about a 100 bikes a year, creates road, cross, and mountain bikes that fit customers like a glove.

“We like being a small company that has a personal connection with our customers,” said Wolfson. “We like to build our bikes like a custom suit.”

Owned by Jamie Medeiros and Tyler Evans, the shop hopes to become part of the neighborhood, even hosting local artists in a small gallery space in its new building.

The company will hold an open house this Saturday, to showcase their new shop and the work of local photographer Heather McGrath. The event, Mar. 9, will run from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the company’s shop located at 117 Boston St.

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