Seattle is the place for start-ups. In fact, a recent article in Business Insider ranked Seattle the best city in the US for small businesses!

If your’re thinking about a start-up metal fabrication shop, we’ve got some inspiration for you!

Online Metals  has a lot of unique customers. Of those, one of our favorites is Cyclefab, LLC.

This start-up metal fabrication shop let us inside their world a few years back. And it was so cool to see workings of their business and hear their story. Much like Online Metals, they began as a few friends with an idea, and are now a thriving business.

Cyclefab turns your bike into a mule

Are you already familiar with Cyclefab? If so, it’s likely because they’re famous in the Seattle bicycling blogospere. Because of their unique inventions and metalworking skill, they have carved out their own niche.

In addition to working on custom bike fabrications and metalworking, they also build accessories.


Custom Cyclefab cargo rack and center kickstand on a bike

Many of Cyclefab’s accessories (also available at are geared toward turning your bike into a pack mule! This includes the “Cycletruck Conversion” and the “Cycletruck Kit.” Both of these are designed to easily mount to existing frames. If you’ve spent any time in Seattle, you know that custom cargo bikes are all the rage here.


The Cyclefab “Haulin’ Colin” trailer

Additionally, Cyclefab works on projects for other businesses and individuals that need custom machining. They do more than just bikes!

As the shop has grown they’ve added specialist machine tools. These allow them to efficiently produce custom machined parts on a scale appropriate for small and mid-sized manufacturers. Due to the unique skills of each of the team members, they are able to make tools and machines as needed to produce a large range of custom work.

To learn more about Cyclefab, visit their webpage, Facebook, or look for the next open house at Equinox Studios in south Seattle, where the shop is located.

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