Tom Ritchey began building bicycle frames at the young age of 15. During his
senior year of high school he had progressed to building 200-250 frames. He continued building
at the rate of about 250 frames per year until 1980 when he moved into mountain bike frame
construction. By 1980, with approximately 1,500 road frames under his belt, Tom quickly became
the number one builder of hand-built mountain bike frames.
In 1981, Tom's first full year of mountain bike production, he produced between 400 and 450 frames.
In the coming years his production level remained constantly between 400 and 500 hand-built
(by Tom) frames. Finally, in the early 1990's Tom began reducing his frame output,
building 100 to 150 frames per year in the early 1990's and tapering from there.
Together, Tom Ritchey, plus the combination of Gary Fisher and Charlie Kelly, sold frames mostly
labeled "Ritchey" until 1984. MountainBikes the name of the original company formed
by Fisher and Kelly went on to become Fisher MountainBikes. Tom's work
can be seen with Ritchey, MountainBikes, and Fisher logos.
The bikes pictures on this page represent his work prior to 1980 when frame production increased
around the mountain bike demand. In his life Tom estimates that he personally has built 7-8,000 bicycle
frames. The ones listed below are among the earliest.
Pictures and information on this page were provided courtesy of Tom Ritchey.