Métier Vélo LLC
Métier Vélo LLC is a small-scale custom bicycle design and fabrication shop in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Métier Vélo bicycles are built with 3D-printed titanium lugs to join carbon-fiber tubes into light, strong, tough, repairable, and beautiful performance frames.
Métier Vélo was founded in 2013.
Qu'est-ce que c'est?
Metiér : 1) calling, profession, in the sense of one's true calling 2) craft, in the sense of finely crafted.
Le Metiér : the professional peloton; literally "The Profession". The title of the book by Michael Barry.
Metiér Vélo: literally "craft bicycle" or "professional bicycle"; a fine hand-crafted bicycle. A bicycle worthy of Le Metiér, one that fulfills life’s true calling.
The name Métier Vélo describes finding my profession, alludes to the professional peloton, and pays tribute the heritage of bicycle racing in French-speaking countries. Most importantly, the name and the fleur-de-lis icon recognize that the main investor in Métier Vélo is Québéçoise.
I am Métier Vélo. I have been riding and racing since 1982. I left a career in neuroscience research to start Métier Vélo LLC in 2013. Métier Vélo combines my passion for cycling with a creative process focused on thoughtful design, meticulous craftsmanship, durability and high performance. There are few occupations where meticulousness is a virtue; framebuilding is one of them.
I race a lot, mostly on the road, and Métier Vélo bicycles reflect a racing heritage, but one of the things I like most about cycling is that it allows you to know a region—either on roads or trails—with an intimacy that you cannot experience otherwise. I have favorite places that I would only have discovered through cycling, and I’m continually discovering more. Cycling has been a constant in my life and has always freed me from life's burdens. It has given me time and space to become content with existence (or as content as I am able). It is therapy as much as training.
For me, the sublime experience of cycling—race or ride; training, transportation, or therapy—is all the more fulfilling on a finely crafted bicycle, one made with care and thoughtfulness. The best experiences of life are heightened on a bicycle. If I can build frames that bring this sense of the sublime to others, Métier Vélo will have achieved my goals.
I might look cute but don't mess with me.
Don’t mess with the tools. Hiss.
Don't mess with my shop. I will bite your ankles.
Don’t bother Jamie; that is my job and if you do it I will bite you.
Unless I am busy biting his ankles. Or feet. Feet are so yummy.
I am on duty 24/7 with the mission to protect the shop and chase the ball.
I have trained the human to throw the ball repeatedly, although he often loses focus. Bad human.
I am an excellent judge of character. Jamie is ok. Except when he loses focus. Throw the ball.