NEW YORK, NY--- Chris “Doc” Boudreaux is leaving Brooklyn Machine Works after ten years as company co-owner and head of downhill frame design.
As one of the top frame designers and builders on the East Coast, Chris Boudreaux is as unique as the city he lives in: Formal training and experience as a MD, and a life-long passion as a rider, from BMX to downhill racing. Chris’s skills and talents have made him a visionary among high-end framebuilders, and an icon among riders who want the best downhill, dirt jumping and BMX rigs that money can buy.
Doc’s most notable accomplishments during his time at BMW include several generations of downhill frame designs, which were the staple of the company’s business. The TMX, Minilink and Racelink bicycles became world famous for durability, performance and customer satisfaction.
Over the years, this high level of customer satisfaction became a cult-like fanaticism. The feedback from these enthusiastic customers, combined with the sheer joy of hurtling through the woods down the side of a mountain, promoted Doc to continue to refine the designs, and bring them into production for the enjoyment of the masses.
“I started my riding career in BMX racing in 1979, and bicycles have been my main passion ever since,” says Boudreaux, who grew up outside of Baltimore, Maryland. “Over the years of riding and racing, I began to dream of product ideas of my own.”
As Boudreaux matured, so did his interests in bicycle competition, moving from BMX to observed trials in the late 1980s. The precision that was demanded of him in trials riding was the perfect complement to the time Boudreaux spent attending Mt. Sinai Medical School in New York City. He earned his MD in 1993 as a specialist in infectious diseases and orthopedics then served as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention liaison to the NYC Department of Health until 1996, when he reached the proverbial fork in the road – should the rest of his life follow career, or his passion?
“I had the kind of opportunity that doesn’t happen very often,” says Boudreaux, who spent what little free time he had riding and designing frames and components “The dreams that I had back then came together with the establishment of a new bicycle company where I could follow my vision from concept, to design and manufacture, to a finished product that not only I could ride, but others could enjoy as well.” Boudreaux became co-owner of a bike company that went against most, if not all, trends. His imaginative designs and skilled manufacturing talents attracted a hard-core cadre of customers who appreciated the small company for its all-steel downhill and dirt jumping frames.
Moving forward, it’s with hearty anticipation of the new challenges that motivate Boudreaux as he works on expanding upon his vast repertoire of frame designs. He is equally masterful at any step in the frame design and building process, whether it’s TIG welding steel, aluminum or titanium; CNC machine programming and operation; product management, graphics, and even fully testing the performance of the completed product.
Currently Doc is designing and planning the next generation. “Fabricating is fun and satisfying, and it’s not going to stop even though there is no actual company involved.” When the time is right he will once again get back to work on making and selling frames. In order to broaden his horizons in the meantime, he’s looking forward to working for and with other companies. If you’d like to talk or just say hey, definitely give a call. He’s an easy-going guy.
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