Bradley Wilson, Frame Builder
Bradley learned the craft at Waterford Precision Cycles, where he worked for several years in the late nineties, silver-brazing lugged steel frames with some of the most practiced frame makers in the industry at the time.
From Waterford, Bradley continued his education in Minneapolis, where he studied art and writing. At this time he worked various bike-centric jobs, including building frames for Croll Bicycles, two-wheeled delivery mule for a coffee roaster, and mechanic at one of the better bike shops in town.
After a 2000-mile solo bike tour Bradley brazed up the first Capricorns in his parents' garage in 2006 using home-spun fixtures and tools. In this he relearned the process of building road, cross, tour, track, and trail frames by torch. Capricorn has since operated out of Minnesota, Oregon, and is now located in Marshall, North Carolina.
Capricorn is dedicated to building lugged and fillet-brazed steel bicycle frames guided by tradition and art, and a reverence for the craft as it was taught to him.
Capricorn's core principles and objectives:
- Creating a genuinely handmade product, one-by-one, start to finish (40-60 hours of work goes into each frame)
- Sourcing American-made products whenever possible
- Valuing what is authentic and timeless over trend and hype; simplicity
- Promoting cycling tourism in western North Carolina
- Maintaining meaningful connections with customers and providing excellent service
- Riding what I make in order to make the best frames possible