About Tom Ritchey

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Tom Ritchey (born 1956) is a bicycle frame builder, designer, welder and founder of Ritchey Design. He is an accomplished road and mountain bicycle racer. Ritchey began building mountain bike frames as a partner with Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly in MountainBikes. In 1983, the partnership dissolved and MountainBikes was sold to Fisher, who renamed the company Fisher Mountain Bikes. Ritchey began building mountain bikes and other frames for his own company, Ritchey Design, expanding into bicycle accessories. Ritchey was as an innovator of parts designed or optimized for mountain bikes, including clipless pedals and threadless headsets. Ritchey mostly built mountain bikes but he has also produced road and cyclo-cross frames, usually of butted chromoly steel tubing. He has produced frames made using aluminum, titanium alloys, along with composition frames using carbon fiber and titanium tubes. In 1988, Ritchey was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Ritchey was married to his...
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