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Aphelion Cycles Timeline

These are the halcyon days of Aphelion: named so for the eternal orbit of the spirit, a journey in which we are always at the beginning.

1962
Aphelion Cycles began as a search for an ideal: the perfect bicycle, every element balanced and tailored specifically for the avid cyclist. Eduardo’s was a man with a dream. A visionary, a tinker, an inventor. Armed with creative inspiration, Eduardo made it his lifelong mission to build the perfect bicycle. It was an endeavour that fulfilled, enriched and ultimately consumed his life.
Each part, each element of the original Aphelion prototype was made by hand; each spoke set into the wheel the perfect balance of symmetry and mechanical perfection. The goal was to achieve the perfect ride – a cycle so finely tuned that it could practically propel itself.

With each prototype, the Aphelion came closer to its ultimate expression, and the time he spent in the shop working and reworking his design was nothing short of obsessive. It was a quest for perfection that swallowed every waking moment, eventually catching the fascination of Eduardo’s young son, Eduardo Jr.
Even as a young boy, Eduardo Jr. threw himself into his father’s legacy with a careful persistence that belied his tender years. He became more than just an apprentice, helping his father to build the first commercially available Aphelion. The legacy was born.

1969 - 1978
During this time, father and son perfected their design. As Eduardo Jr. grew into manhood, he felt that his time as a builder and innovator had come to a turning point. He wanted to explore, to venture out on his Aphelion and see just how far it would take him. He rode the bike all over Europe, through hills and mountains, single lane roads and even the Autobahn. For years he cycled, always in search of roads less travelled. He met people along the way, and sought out the old masters of bicycle making lore, learning time-honoured traditions that helped him to further hone his craft. It was 1978 before he began to show signs of slowing down, the colour of the metal frame on his Aphelion so corroded that it had faded to a fine gold patina. Paint was very expensive, and cycling admittedly did not support him financially, so after doing some serious soul-searching, Eduardo Jr. decided to settle in London, England. He put down roots and opened a shop with the dream of building more bicycles for more people.  

1982 - 1985
Eduardo Jr. discovers new innovations in design and materials, integrating other metals that were lighter and easier to work with. The result was a feather-light frame with greater manoeuvrability.

1987
The first dedicated Aphelion shop was born. Located in London, Eduardo Jr.’s bicycle shop is a great success. Even with the most modern machining techniques available, he still chooses to make each bicycle by hand, one at a time, closely following the methods he and his father had established so many years before.   

1988
Eduardo Jr. wins the love of a beautiful Spanish woman, who bore him a son. They name him Eduardo III after his father and grandfather.

1997
Young Eduardo begins to learn the art of making Aphelion bicycles. Regaled with all the stories of his father’s fabulous travels in the world, and the legend of his inventive grandfather. His eyes were constantly filled with wonder as he worked side by side with his father, fulfilling their family legacy.  
 
1998 - 2009
Eduardo Jr. and his son continue to build custom Aphelion bicycles, but only as one off custom orders. They turned down many offers to bring the bicycles to a mass-market, holding to the ideal of providing a bespoke experience for aficionados of their craft.
Ultimately, they knew that each Aphelion bicycle had the power to spin its riders to the outer limits of their dreams, and that can never be mass-produced. 


2010 - 2015
Continuing their pursuit of innovation, father and son are able to lighten the frame even further, producing high tech bicycles that combine tradition, design and technology into their signature bespoke style.  
 
2016
We have re-created Eduardo’s vintage frame and have added new features that include high-tech wheels, brakes and hardware, bringing the original design into the modern age while still preserving the dream that first made the Aphelion so special. Our signature finish is a replica of the rusted gold patina that Eduardo Jr.’s traveling bicycle had faded to over time.  

When you ride an Aphelion bicycle, you are riding a legacy: it’s the eternal wheel that has no beginning and no end, made by hand with custom craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind design. 
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