Velo City: Bicycle Culture and City Life

Manitoba Magic: Matt’s Road Bike By LT Wiens

Manitoba Magic: LT Wiens Commuter

If riding a bicycle is your passion, the best thing you can do for yourself is attend a framebuilding course and make one of your own. Manitoba’s Lyle Wien did just that and has, after twenty-five very varied frames — ranging from roadies to backcountry tourers — found a very happy work and hobby balance.

Manitoba Magic: LT Wiens Commuter

Lyle grew up on a farm in southern Manitoba, Canada, where his closest neighbor lived one mile away, and his best friend four. After exploring the countryside on dirtbikes in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter, evenings were spent in workshops pulling things apart, either fixing them or often just to find out how they worked.

Manitoba Magic: LT Wiens Commuter

Sometime in Lyle’s late twenties, around 2015, he attended Paul Brodie’s Framebuilding 101 class at the University of Fraser Valley. We’re big fans of Paul’s expertise here on Cycle EXIF, and there are few better teachers of the craft than he. Now, Lyle is 6’8″, and was still finding a suitable ride, even after owning Barry Wicks’ 2013 Kona Major Jake.

Manitoba Magic: LT Wiens Commuter

Lennard Zinn’s article in Bicycle Quarterly informed Lyle he should be riding 220mm cranks, a pair of which he took to the course and returned with a frame that fit and an unbridled zeal for the building. A steady stream of orders has flowed into Lyle’s workshop since completing the course, but it’s still for fun — for the moment.

Manitoba Magic: LT Wiens Commuter

He maintains his “day job is boring but pays the bills – my shop is therapy but doesn’t pay the bills. It’s a great balance”. This fillet brazed roadie was built for Matt, who had a clear idea about what he wanted, right down to the clear coated frame. Steel, MKS Lambda pedals, PAUL, and Campagnolo Record? We’re sold.

LT Wiens Fabrications Website

Manitoba Magic: LT Wiens Commuter