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9225 Baltimore Ave, (current location 9217 Balt. Ave./new owners),
College Park, Maryland    (301) 441-2928   web site

Updated 11.14.2013

     1972: Across the street from the University of Maryland, 3 young bike enthusiasts  decided to make their own bikes and a booming business was begun. Proteus took a very hands-on, proletariat approach... you could buy a bike frame, or a bike frame kit, or have your kit's tubes mitered by Proteus, or have your bike painted after you made it at home!
     Proteus also was a prime supplier for building bits and tubing. They published a frame building manual (even had a second revised edition, both sadly long out of print)) which made the magical art of frame construction more accessible to the average craftsman.
     Frames were made by various employees who changed regularly, yet, on occasion, highly trained master builders also came & went at Proteus. Perhaps most notable was
Koichi Yamaguchi, who went on to have his own workshop in Colorado and build quite a reputation.

Top: Larry Dean, Beth Williams, Barry Konig-
Bottom: Steve Schuman, Jim Wilkin at the Proteus Design bike shop
photo courtesy route-one.org

Proteus full Campy bike, ordered in 1979, owned by Dan Rovelli, Newtown, Conn.
(thanks Dan for info!)

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 Proteus at the NY Bike show in the late 1970s; frames and frame building bits

  

The 1979 catalog
 

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