Updated 5.13.2010


While in the Navy in Japan during the Vietnam era, Mike Melton studied the work of 3Rensho and returned to Columbia, South Carolina in the early 1970s to set up his frame building business. He was very active in racing (both he and his first wife Debbie) and in frame building in the southeast. Mike's easy manner and charm made friends in all cycling circles.

In 1979 he collaborated with Dave Moulton in building a special batch of ill fated aero steel (among the earliest) for the USA National Team. (details here.)

While successful at all styles, he soon focused on tandems and shifted his workshop to Delaware, Ohio. Melton's shop received national press when he hired Vietnamese refugees to work in his atelier. That business failed in 1983.

Mike then went to California for a stint with Santana before returning to head up Huffy Corporation's Special Projects Division in the Dayton, Ohio area. There he developed and built advanced bikes to be used by Greg LeMond and the USA team in various forms, including the Olympics in 1984 & 1988.

Clippings from tandem shop publicity, circa 1982.


A Ferrari red road frame from the 1970s
Courtesy Peter Scheffler

Tall framed Melton bicycle
on display at First Flight Bicycle Shop in Statesville, NC


Frameset pictures taken by webmaster a few years ago..


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