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May 23, 2007

Hank Matheson, 22-Year-Old San Francisco Bike Builder


Hank Matheson, 22-Year-Old San Francisco Bike Builder
Makes Donation to his Alma Mater—The Oxbow School

San Francisco Bike Builder Hank Matheson Surrounded by His Artful Creations
Photos by Andrew McClintock

View a printable version Press Release with Absentee Bid Form

          May 23, 2007, Napa, Ca.—Hank Matheson, 22-year-old San Francisco bike builder and Oxbow School alumnus designed and built a race-ready Olympic-quality bicycle for his alma mater’s forthcoming benefit and art auction.  The bike will be auctioned  Saturday, June 2 at the annual Celebration of An Artful Life on the school’s Napa Valley riverfront campus.

            Unspoiled by brake lines or cables, the bike is, in Hank’s estimation, “the most artistic, hippest thing going on,” with:  Phil Wood hubs; Velocity rims; Sugino cranks; Sylvan pedals; Chris Kind head set and a Thompson seat post.

            Hank’s passion for bikes first took hold in the fifth grade.  Later, he completed the program offered by The United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon.  These days he’s either designing and fabricating bicycles or participating in rigorous downhill racing competition on the national circuit.

            What did a single semester visual arts school contribute to his present métier?  “Oxbow taught me to edit,” says Hank.  “I learned to leave nothing to distract the eye.”

On June 2, Hank’s bike will be auctioned alongside original artwork by:  Christopher Brown, Linda Connor, Nina Katchadourian and Jock McDonald, among others. 

            Hank believes the buyer is as likely to hang it on the wall as art as he is to ride it.

          Absentee bids will be accepted by Phoebe Brookbank, 707-255-6000 or Phoebe@OxbowSchool.org.

Editor’s Note: Images may be downloaded from: www.studio-707.com.  For additional information contact Pam Hunter- 707-258-1699 x 15 or Pamela@studio-707.com

[Posted: 5/23/2007]

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