Belle Bicycle Frameworks Co.
Shop 1, 439 Docklands Drive, Docklands
The man behind Belle Bicycle Frameworks is Tai Bell. Tai was introduced to cycling by his mother at a very young age, traversing the streets of Melbourne perched upon the top tube.
As years past, the relationship with the bicycle remained a constant. The bmx, trials and mountain bikes became more likely to collect dust from disuse rather than the trail, giving way to road, CX and track bikes. Countless hours were spent on the bike, racing and touring. Working as a bike courier, many many more hours are spent in the saddle day in day out. With a propensity to create, modify and tinker it was only natural that the path led to the black art of frame building.
To expand upon this skill-set, Tai ventured to North America to study frame building. Traveling to workshops and factories on both the East and West coast of the United States and Canada, observing different construction methods. Under the mentoring of Keith Anderson frame building techniques were honed, solidifying these skills with a chromoly brazing certificate from the United Bicycle Institute.
Upon returning to Melbourne, these skills were further honed under the guidance of a highly regarded, ex-Olympian and now retired frame builder Daryl Perkins.
After returning to the US and a stint at at Brooklyn Machine Works, Tai now brings a wealth of experience to creating hand filed bespoke frames, built locally in the open studio at Shop 1, 439 Docklands Drive.