Odiel was the first of this family of welders with cycling in his blood. Back in the day if you wanted to participate in Milan-San Remo, you had to bike to Milan first. Those are the times Odiel lived in. He won the toughest leg in the Tour of Belgium in 1932. That was the start of the Jaegher adventure. Odiel was a phenomenon.
His son, Etienne, also obsessed with bikes, started a café/bike shop in the 50s. Pouring pints and building bike frames, it doesn’t get more Belgian than that.
Now Eddy is Jaegher’s master welder. He started welding road bikes when he was 18. He welded for the greatest cyclists in the world and for an incredible number of teams like Splendor, Safir, Histor, Boston and more. His father was also a famous welder and his grandfather ended up in fifth place in the first Ronde Van Vlaanderen in 1913. If he hadn’t been pushed off his bike in the last kilometre by the disgruntled fan of a competitor he would have certainly stood on the podium.
It makes Eddy sick when he sees how some welders treat their tubes. He’s absolutely not into doing things just because they’re cool. It has to be tough and reliable. If it doesn’t feel right he won’t weld it. Period. That’s the kind of attitude we love at Jaegher. He has also some rituals. He cleans his atelier when he starts. And cleans it when he leaves.