Lynskey Performance Designs
is a family-owned and operated company with a burning desire to produce high-quality,
custom-made, performance bicycle frames and parts, that are functional pieces of art.
Our Family's History
The Lynskey siblings grew up in the 60’s with a family business specializing in custom metal fabrication and a customer base that included Olin Chemical, Kaiser Aluminum, Koehring Cranes, Boeing and Lockheed Aircraft, and Coca-Cola Bottling to name a few.
Mark, David, Chris, Theresa and Tim make up the Lynskey children. As the children grew the boys were assigned summer jobs in the family plant which allowed them to see and experience first-hand, start-to-finish, the many innovative, creative projects the business produced. They developed the same passion for metals that their Father (William ‘Bill’ Lynskey) had, and thus their expertise in working with metals was born.
(The Lynskey children from Left to Right - Mark, David, Theresa, Chris, and Tim)
A Bicycle Beginning
When David suffered a knee injury he was told that is running days were over. His physician recommended a choice of cycling or swimming in the final stages of therapy. David chose cycling. He joined the local cycling club and became quite accomplished in his cycling competition. He decided his present bike was too heavy and had the idea to use scrap titanium tubing (from the plant) to design and build himself a better frame. He worked nights and weekends perfecting his geometry and engaged the help of his brother Chris, to weld the final design. David raced his new titanium frame and friends began to marvel at the light weight and responsiveness of this new frame.
Shortly thereafter, it was suggested to David by a well known triathlete who admired the looks of this Ti frame that he display his work in a regional bike show in Southern California. He did and thus in 1986, the first fully functional ‘LITESPEED Titanium’ bicycle frame was introduced to the industry. Designed, fabricated, and marketed by the Lynskey family in Chattanooga, TN.
(Left to Right; David, Tim, Ruby (mom), Chris, William (dad), and Mark.
The LITESPEED Company grew for the following 13 years and in 1999 after much deliberation the family decided to sell. Mr. Bill Lynskey (Dad) had passed in 1997 which was a tremendous loss to the family and the Company.
After the sale was finalized, each family member became involved in their chosen personal projects. However, their passion and interest for cycling never ceased.
LYNSKEY is born
A few years passed and in 2005, the sons began expressing their desire to come together and create a new business venture. After many discussions the decision was made. The plan was to ‘again’ build titanium bicycle frames, concentrating on Custom frames for the many cyclists who were now showing a desire for ‘custom’ work. Their love for the sport and a desire to continue using their favorite metal, titanium, the decision was finalized. With dedication and a passionate spirit, the goal was “to have a bike that does exactly what you want it to do, fits you exactly the way you want it to fit, and looks exactly as your heart desires.”
January 1, 2006, LYNSKEY Performance Products opened the door to a new and exciting return to the cycling sport they loved and working the metal they trusted. Family members came on board one by one, as
did previous employees who had moved on to other adventures. The respect earned from the family’s historical success creating Litespeed Titanium, and the top quality work produced, six years later had not been forgotten.
The Lynskey family members each have designated roles in the business and each possesses a different and complementary skill, when combined, make for a great team.
Our Family Today
Mark’s primary role is Sales and Marketing. He collaborates with David and Chris on bike designs, etc. and is involved in the financial aspects of the business as well.
David oversees all plant operations. He designs special tools, jigs and fixtures needed in the fabrication of a custom bicycle .
Chris creates all the engineering drawings and is the ‘tech guy’ for our computer programs and software.
Timothy is involved with QA and the Finishing department ensuring that everything is approved before shipping.
Theresa manages the Shipping Department making arrangements with freight carriers for domestic shipments along with scheduling air and sea international shipments.
Finally, Ruby’s (Mom) daily role is managing the Accounting, Financial, Personnel and the legal aspects of the business. Presently added to the ‘family employment list’, are granddaughters Stephanie, Media Communications, Samantha, Drafting/Engineering, and Son-in-law Magnus Nilsson, Purchasing Dept.
Although the Dad, William (Bill) Lynskey, passed in 1997, he is still very much a part of the LYNSKEY brand.
Family members designed the Company Crest –LYNSKEY – with Dad’s signature appearing across the badge, also featuring a shamrock for the LYNSKEYIrish heritage crest, and a ‘tethered hunting hawk’ from the Thompson family crest referencing the Mother’s maiden name and British heritage.
TO DATE, LYNSKEY designs, builds and sells it’s brand to Dealers, Distributors and online. We still build for other bike companies—OEM accounts, per their drawings and design. We are grateful for the many loyal customers we have served across the planet and appreciate their continued support of our work with ‘TITANIUM’ bicycle frames and components.
Read more about the Lynskey family legacy here.