WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
The goal of Guipago Custom Cycles is to build bicycle frames with unsurpassed craftsmanship and attention to detail.
I aim to make the process of designing and building your dream bicycle a rewarding experience for you, with customer service and attentiveness that can only be found in a small operation.
I build simple, functional, durable and beautiful Fillet Brazed and Lugged steel frames. I believe that a frame that is properly designed and built is likely to please the body, mind and the eye, as well as the spirit. A truly good frame can create an experience like nothing else.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME
Born around 1820, Lone Wolf was the chief of the Kiowa Indian Tribe. The Kiowa lived in what became Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. Lone Wolf’s Indian name was “Guipago”. He was a leader among his tribe's militant minority during the U.S. Army's armed pacification in the 1860s and '70s, the period of violent domestication from nomadic to forced reservation life dictated by the federal government.
Now this is the history of my bike brand… For me, the story begins in 2011 when I purchased 3.78 acres of land in Hartsel, Colorado on Guipago Trail. At first I had no clue who or what Guipago was, only that I owned land on that particular trail, or “road”.
Three years later, I was continuing to work towards building my own custom steel frames, and I still had no idea what to call them. Then I went out to my land to camp for a few days and saw this old rusty sign that said “Guipago Trail”. It was nothing more than a dirt trail leading to my land at 9400 ft. elevation with 360 degree views that took my breath away. The name was chosen; “Guipago” Custom Cycles it will be.
Doing a little research on the name Guipago I found similarities with myself and Chief Guipago. First off, I own land on Guipago Trail. Secondly, Guipago means “Lone Wolf” and my call sign in Afghanistan was Wolf-33. A little more research revealed that Chief Guipago turned himself in to the US Army at Ft. Sill on February 26, 1875 and – guess what – my birthday is February 26. In October of 2008 my cousin Scott and I were in Helmond Province, Afghanistan and as we were leaving the fire base, Scott got out of his gun-truck and walked back to me. He asked to trade one of our dog tags for good luck. On October 13, 2008, Scott’s patrol was ambushed and he was killed. When Chief Guipago died from sickness, guess where he was buried: Mount Scott.
Billy has been coaching, teaching and competing in Mountain Bike, Cyclocross, Road and Ski races for over 25 years. He is a certified USA Cycling Coach (USAC), he is also a certified United States Ski Association (USSA) Ski Race Coach and a MMR (Mad March Racing) Mountain Bike Coach. His Passion for skiing and cycling has taken him all over the world to enjoy what life offers, he wants to pass his knowledge and expertise on to you, so you can enjoy your Live the EDGE! experiences. He is also an avid Rock/Ice Climber and SUPr. "Go hard, Go fast and never look back"