Saturday Nov. 2nd, 10:30 AM
Presented by Benjamin Brewer
I am a sociology professor (at James Madison University) and have been studying framebuilders in the U.S. for about five years now. My big picture interest in the project is in how artisan, craft or small batch producers try to make a living within the context of a larger global bike trade, and the particular challenges they face in doing so. I currently have an online survey open for U.S. framebuilders, with about 100 responses so far. I am about to make another push, soliciting more responses from builders who have not responded thus far and then intend to start analyzing the data in the late fall.
In this seminar I will present preliminary results from the survey, focusing on topics that should be of most interest to framebuilders themselves as well as the general public of cycling fans and consumers. This would focus on things like output level, framebuilding income, common challenges identified by builders, etc. I would also leave plenty of time for questions and discussion, hoping that framebuilders might attend the talk as well and provide feedback as I start to analyze these data.