Christopher Igleheart has a long association with the bicycle. After running his own shop for many years in Portland, ME, he became an early and vigorous champion of mountain bicycles. At Fat City Cycles in Somerville, MA Igleheart honed his craft. From there he was on his own, making cross bikes, commuter bikes, tandems and of course the mountain bike. Many forks, frames, friends, races, trail miles logged and a continental crossing later, he settled down in Portland, OR with his machine shop, knowledge and expertise.
Alongside the Igleheart brand, Christopher has joined forces with Joseph Ahearne to form the AI Collective. They recently launched their first collaboration project fittingly called Page Street Cycles—a nod to the location of the shop where he and Joseph pull their collective strengths together to create beautiful and functional artwork.
Christopher Igleheart is probably the nicest guy in the bicycle industry—but don’t hold that against him. He’s been making bikes longer than most folks have been riding them and he does it a deep sense of understanding and a gracious smile.
We got to know him when he relocated to Portland, Oregon and started building custom frames in a shared shop space with Joseph Ahearne. His bikes are simple, but they’re beautiful and they’re strong. He should know a thing or two about making tough bikes as he had a big hand in the building of the iconic and coveted Fat Chance mountain bikes in the 80’s.
Sharing a conversation with Chris about bikes is like taking a history lesson from the coolest professor on campus, who also happened to have a hand in the making of the very history they are teaching that semester. He’s wise, he’s insightful, and he’s probably one of the best people to share a post-ride beer with that we’ve ever met.
Igleheart is the inspiration for the entire Movers and Makers Series and we figured it was right to start off Volume 1 with him. Enjoy!
Christopher's customers tell the his story the best and here are a few of our favorites from over the years. Your adventures are why he builds these beautiful machines. The smile that his craft brings to your face fills his big (Igle)heart. Let's keep the stories coming.
Igleheart firmly believes steel is the superior frame material. He has an intimate working knowledge of the top manufacturers tubes and more exotic materials from industrial contract work.
The resurgence of steel as a lightweight bicycle material relies on the technology that can now provide the finest tubings. You may not see much steel at the local bike shop these days but that’s okay. It takes a skilled craftsman to make the most of this material’s benefits. A lifetime of knowledge and enthusiasm is at your disposal when selecting Christopher Igleheart as builder.
Why settle for a mass-produced product when you could have a practical, functional, and uniquely crafted work of art?
108 N Page Street
Portland, Oregon 97227
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