Albert Eisentraut

I met Albert Eisentraut once in the mid-80s while working at Palo Alto Bicycles. The shop had commissioned him to do a run of Palo Alto branded frames after the relationship with our Italian supplier had soured (or maybe the exchange rate was no longer working in our favor), and Albert was dropping several frames off. Eisentraut’s frames were stunning. I think he built a run of about 20, total. It took too long and they cost too much so it wasn’t repeated. I wonder where they are now, or if their owners even know what they have. I snagged this pic of Albert from this site, which hosts an article on Albert Eisentraut from an 80s issue of Bicycle Guide. Eisentraut is generally considered to be the father of all modern American framebuilders.

Albert Eisentraut