The Lost Workshop - Custom Steel Bicycle Frames
Ian Michelson, who builds frames under The Lost Workshop marque can always be found creating. An electrician in a former life, when he’s not mitring tubes or brazing frames in his workshop, he is applying masks and laying down paint for Velo Craft, baking bread and other delicious treats in his kitchen - a skill passed down from his father who operated a local bakery.
Ian’s path to making bikes took flight in 2016 after he completed a frame building course in Queensland. Since building that first lugged steel frame which adorns his workshop wall.
Long has he practiced making triangles of brazed tubes in his garage. Word got around and this evolved into a small enthusiast collective of mates coming over to do the same thing after work and on weekends.
The Lost Workshop is in the leafy eastern suburbs of Melbourne, connected to the city by a snaking singletrack. The space is neatly laid out with all Ian needs to build steel frames - TIG welded, brazed or lugged construction.
They all embody his philosophy of RIDE FAR, GET LOST - setting out on path into the unknown and enjoying the experiences that come with it.
Ian’s riding roots are on the trails and in the air - my favourite bike of his from last year was the pink hardtail MTB.
For the upcoming show he has a trio of bikes - brazed and lugged, built and painted by him - but you’ll have to wait until June for them to be revealed.
Check out The Lost Workshop on instagram, and if you can, come to see his work and many others at the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia this coming 2-4 June 2023 at Seaworks, Williamstown.