Founder Frans Huygens was born in Melsbroek on December 13, 1913 as the third child (1 brother – 1 sister) of a small family in the Kerkstraat. School is not his first priority and so at the age of fifteen he starts working at ”Heurckmans”, a bicycle constructor in Zaventem. He is eager to learn and learns quickly, partly through passages at bicycle stores De Witte Wolf in Haacht and Doms in Vilvoorde.