"The Manic Master"
San Marcos, California


 

David Tesch passed away on
December 14, 2003, at age 44.

Updated 11.7.2010

      In the mid 1970s, David Tesch began his career with start up Trek Bicycle Company in Wisconsin.  He soon went on to work with Masi in Carlsbad, CA.  By the early 1980s he developed his own identity as a frame builder. Dave's reputation was that of making bikes that were no-holds-barred racing machines with virtual track bike geometry. Owners state that Tesch bikes are a blast to ride!
     As happens so often in the handmade bicycle craft, business difficulties pushed him out of the craft in the 1990s. Toward the end, another person owned the Tesch name and produced frames, but only for a short period of time. David went into the automobile world for his livelihood but had expressed an interest in returning to frame building just before his untimely death...

Bicycle Guide magazine "Hot Tubes"
feature showing Tesch bicycle, May 1985

Bicycle Guide magazine
article from Sept-Oct issue, 1987

mod. 101 bike w/first edition Campagnolo "C Record"
owned by Larry Black, Mt. Airy Cycles, MD

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Ricki Garni's "Ferrari fly yellow" mod. 101 frame and then as a built up bike:
   

                                  

Joe Bender-Zanoni's chrome and red beauty!

     

     

 

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The Tesch S-22, the last model introduced...
Featuring filet brazed  over sized  tubing.

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