Peter Mooney was born in London, England in 1955, moving to the greater Boston area in 1964. He secured his first bike shop job in 1968, working in Central Square, Cambridge selling cheap Italian 10-speeds and English 3-speeds. He's been in bike shops ever since.
Peter's love of bicycles led him to competitive cycling. He got his first ABLA (now USCF) License in 1969 and joined the North East Bicycle Club. Rising up through the ranks, Peter held a Cat 1 license from 1974-78, qualifying for and competing in National Championship events for Road and/or 25-mile Time Trial in 1974, 1977, and 1982. While living in England from 1974-76, Peter raced Road, Time Trial, and Track events, typically competing in 3-5 events a week, in season. He enjoyed success with Time Trials, in particular.
During the 1970's and 80's, Peter completed bicycle touring trips in Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, England, New England, New York and Maritime Canada. He also competed in Cross-Country ski races and rowing events. He is a staunch bicycle commuter, having ridden his bikes to work for 98% of his working life.
Peter learned his trade in England in the mid-1970's while working for a noted south London frame builder. This "one man show" operated a small but full-service bicycle shop. Be it a tricycle for your 3-year-old or a custom pursuit frame for the world championships, this tiny store front offered it all. This European model of an "in-house" frame builder at a high quality bike shop inspired Peter (and like-minded partners) to open the first Wheelworks store in 1977.
Decades later, Peter is still building bicycle frames, catering to a market that appreciates a hand-built, lugged or filet-brazed frame. His philosophy of frame building is traditional, but hardly out of date. He feels the name on the frame should be that of the craftsman who designed and constructed it. Peter is a great believer in the old adage "if you want it done right, do it yourself." So he does. From the fitting session to the finish filing, only the painting is entrusted to other hands. Otherwise the name on the frame tells the whole story of its designer and creator.