J. P. Weigle is one of the most respected framebuilders in the USA. For more than 40 years, his bikes have been admired as works of art, but also been ridden hard in races and challenging events. In 1973, Weigle went to Witcomb Cycles in Great Britain as an apprentice. He learned framebuilding there, and he also learned much about racing in the British time trials that he entered almost every weekend. Upon returning to the United States, Weigle worked at Witcomb USA until the company closed in 1977. “I thought I would do something else,” remembers Weigle, “but then I bought all the equipment and started making frames under my own name.”
Weigle has always built the bikes that he loves to ride. He won Time Trial and Road Racing State Championships and even a U.S. National Championship in cyclocross. Weigle was one of the first custom builders who made mountain bikes. Backed by Weigle’s own racing successes, his nimble machines had a lasting influence on mountain bike technology. In the late 1990s, Weigle discovered French randonneur bikes. Inspired by the work of René Herse, Alex Singer and Jo Routens, his recent bikes combine modern technology with time-tested features and classic style. Weigle’s bikes have been ridden in brevets and other challenging randonneur events, as well as the D2R2 gravel race.
Weigle makes only a small number of bikes every year. He hand-cuts many of his own lugs and fabricates custom fork crowns, racks and other parts. In the past, he even has shaved the tread of tires to improve their performance. He explains: “Every line and shape is important to me. I want my eyes to smile when I look at one of my bikes. And yet, my first concern is that my bikes ride well, so I test them every week on paved and gravel roads near my workshop in Connecticut.”