Bill Stevenson took up cycling seriously at the age of 20 in the late sixties. He quickly developed a lifelong passion for the sport and started working as a bike shop mechanic. In 1971 he took his his love of cycling to the next level by taking a frame building class from Albert Eisentraut. He went on to apprentice building Eisentraut Limited frames. Bill then built under his own name until 1985.
At that time he joined the corporate bicycle world. This started with a job running the signature department at Ross Bicycles, where he followed other great builders such as Tom Kellog and Jim Redcay. He went on to work as a product manager and designer- first at Ross, then Fisher, and Alpinestars USA. During this time he designed bikes ridden to win national and world championships by riders such as Sarah Ballantyne and Mike Kloser (the last downhill world championship won on a non-suspended bike).
In 1993 Bill tired of the corporate grind and returned to Olympia, WA. Since then he has built frames on the side and managed a full service pro shop, The Bike Stand. For many years frame building was more of a hobby business for Bill. In late 2014 he and his son Shawn decided to focus full time on frame building.