Tim Neenan was shop manager at the widely known Bicycle Center in Santa Cruz when he built the first Lighthouse frame in 1975. Local riders recognized the quality and performance of those early Lighthouse bikes, enabling Tim to begin building full time in 1976. By 1996, he'd created over 1000 frames.
In 1981, setting aside Lighthouse for the time being, Tim joined Mike Sinyard at Specialized as the company's first product designer, a career move that was to have a profound impact on modern day bike design and culture.
Tim designed the fledgling company's first line of bicycles: A sport-touring bike called the Sequoia; a classic road racer called the Allez, and the Expedition, a ready-for-anything, full-on touring rig. Most notably, Tim designed what Bike Magazine called one of the 14 greatest bicycles ever made, The Stumpjumper - the first production mountain bike.
An original Stumpjumper bearing Tim’s signature is on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
In 1996, Tim decided to produce only a few frames a year for friends so that he could pursue his love of gourmet cooking. He worked as an executive chef overseeing 35 employees with sales of over $2.8 million. In 2008, he cooked for one of Andy Hampsten's cycling tours in the Chianti region of Tuscany.
While focused on his cooking career, Tim always had a tubeset in the works in the shop.
So it is with delight that Tim returns to his love of frame building full time, in a freshly re-tooled shop featuring the incomparable Anvil jig and Tim's renewed enthusiasm for his timeless trade.
Few modern builders bring the depth of experience and mastery to the craft of frame-building that Tim Neenan does. His lifelong love of bicycles and exacting standards are the ingredients. The result is a frame with the legendary Lighthouse Cycles ride quality.
Just ask a Lighthouse rider.