How We Got Started

        Our Story

In the midst of a successful run in Los Angeles as a Television and Film editor and director, Scotty Wilson got a dreadful phone call on May 1, 2012.
It was his father "I have been diagnosed with liver cancer and I have 3 months to live."

We immediately packed up our 3 kids and some belongings and went back home to care for his dad.  We paid a few months rent in advance and went to Falls Church, Va., our hometown.

Time seemed to fly by and as we were down to our last $60 bucks our son said "Daddy I really need a new bike." Scotty got on Craigslist and while thinking it was too good to be true he scored a SE racing quadra angle, BMX Bike, Since all of the kids toys were back in Los Angeles he brought it home for our son and it was too big, So He sold it later that night for best offer of $240 bucks and that started everything. 

The next morning he took the money and bought 5 vintage roadbikes. He started 
by finding the right parts, cleaned the rust, tuned them up,. He then put them on Craigslist and took them to a couple bike shops which led to all 5 bikes being sold for a healthy profit.  Next thing you know he was up to 10-12 bikes a day.  Within a month he was up to 100 bikes in my parents garage, all while taking care of his dad. 

In his new found endeavor he couldn't help but to often notice how big every bike was for the average person. They were hard to turn around, hard for girlsto get on and off 
of and definitely too big to fit in the trunk of a car.  As he continued to pack them into the garage he noticed how much space each bike occupied.

One night, I remember waking up and finding him in the garage just staring at all the bikes. Of course I asked him what he was doingand he responded with " I got it! I have an idea!"
The next day he put 20 inch wheels on an old vintage Triumph road bike but when he tried to ride it the pedals hit the ground. 
He knew the idea was 
there but the geometry was all wrong.
After some serious contemplation  Scotty went to the drawing board. He raised the bottom bracket, lengthened the steerer tubes and came up with his own geometry of what he thought would be the perfect bike. He sent his bike CAD drawings to a small factory in Taiwan. They welded up the frame and  the Respect mini Velo was born! 



It wasn't perfect it still needed a few Tweaks but the journey began and that original frame now hangs in his studio in sunny Santa Barbara, California.
He soon went back to the drawing board and came up with version 2. He began taking the bike to music festivals, NYC and bombed the Brooklyn bridge, and even entered it in a bike courier contest and placed 2nd overall, He has tested the limits of this bike.

When interviewing Scotty I realized that this really was "The idea." He had come up with many through the 25 years of being together. This idea that was created with such intention would be the one that even his father would be proud of as he lay in his bed after battling cancer for 13 months and sadly passing away. "This ones for you pop-pop!"

Respect MiniVelos can now be found at Performance bikes, In Asia, The USA, Europe, Canada, South Africa and Online.

In the midst of a successful run in Los Angeles as a Television and Film editor and director, Scotty Wilson got a dreadful phone call on May 1, 2012.
It was his father "I have been diagnosed with liver cancer and I have 3 months to live."

We immediately packed up our 3 kids and some belongings and went back home to care for his dad.  We paid a few months rent in advance and went to Falls Church, Va., our hometown.

Time seemed to fly by and as we were down to our last $60 bucks our son said "Daddy I really need a new bike." Scotty got on Craigslist and while thinking it was too good to be true he scored a SE racing quadra angle, BMX Bike, Since all of the kids toys were back in Los Angeles he brought it home for our son and it was too big, So He sold it later that night for best offer of $240 bucks and that started everything. 

The next morning he took the money and bought 5 vintage roadbikes. He started 
by finding the right parts, cleaned the rust, tuned them up,. He then put them on Craigslist and took them to a couple bike shops which led to all 5 bikes being sold for a healthy profit.  Next thing you know he was up to 10-12 bikes a day.  Within a month he was up to 100 bikes in my parents garage, all while taking care of his dad. 

In his new found endeavor he couldn't help but to often notice how big every bike was for the average person. They were hard to turn around, hard for girlsto get on and off 
of and definitely too big to fit in the trunk of a car.  As he continued to pack them into the garage he noticed how much space each bike occupied.

One night, I remember waking up and finding him in the garage just staring at all the bikes. Of course I asked him what he was doingand he responded with " I got it! I have an idea!"
The next day he put 20 inch wheels on an old vintage Triumph road bike but when he tried to ride it the pedals hit the ground. 
He knew the idea was 
there but the geometry was all wrong.
After some serious contemplation  Scotty went to the drawing board. He raised the bottom bracket, lengthened the steerer tubes and came up with his own geometry of what he thought would be the perfect bike. He sent his bike CAD drawings to a small factory in Taiwan. They welded up the frame and  the Respect mini Velo was born! 



It wasn't perfect it still needed a few Tweaks but the journey began and that original frame now hangs in his studio in sunny Santa Barbara, California.
He soon went back to the drawing board and came up with version 2. He began taking the bike to music festivals, NYC and bombed the Brooklyn bridge, and even entered it in a bike courier contest and placed 2nd overall, He has tested the limits of this bike.

When interviewing Scotty I realized that this really was "The idea." He had come up with many through the 25 years of being together. This idea that was created with such intention would be the one that even his father would be proud of as he lay in his bed after battling cancer for 13 months and sadly passing away. "This ones for you pop-pop!"

Respect MiniVelos can now be found at Performance bikes, In Asia, The USA, Europe, Canada, South Africa and Online.