Countdown to Bespoked.

Bought my rail tickets to Bespoked on Saturday. Very excited! Will be posting a full show report, with plenty of photos, sometime next week.

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Feather Cycles

Feather Cycles has a new website, and have put a new video on the front page. It’s really well shot, with some nice workshop scenes as well as beautiful bicycles.

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Flanders…

 

Via: Milano Fixed

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Bespoked Bristol

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I’m really looking forward to Bespoked Bristol thats coming up in April. The exhibitors list is bursting with the best of British framebuilding, (from the legendary Roberts Cycles to the up and coming Oak Cycles), as well as a few international builders.

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Bespoked have released some great ‘Meet the Maker’ video profiles, which really give a flavour of the skill and craftsmanship that go into a handbuilt custom (mostly) steel frame.

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getting there…

Got my Dawes Galaxy back from Ryan at Oak Cycles yesterday, with a new headtube after the old one cracked, and  he’s done a great job! It’ll be off for a new coat of powdercoat at Armoutex in a couple of weeks, still undecided on colour, but will probably be green of some description. I’m planning some new mudguards, racks, bigger tyres and a new saddle when I build it up again. Can’t wait to have this one back on the road.!

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Here’s the latest (albeit not great quality) photo of my Roberts Cycles fillet brazed road bike. I think I’ve got it pretty much where I want it to be now that I’ve fitted Koolstop salmon brakepads, a Flite ti and a Thomson seatpost. The only future changes will be 23c tires and new bar tape for summer.


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The North Race

One of my iphone snaps got posted on The North Race as part of their “why I ride competition”. I didn’t win but pretty cool to get it posted. Check The North Race out, its got a really good mix of original content from various posters.

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Christmas snappings.

A few instagrams from Christmas.

Got given a Selle Italia Flite Ti 1990, which has gone onto the Roberts.

Had a fantasic Duck for Christmas Lunch.

Some delightful ‘Good Ordinary Claret’ from Berry, Bros & Rudd.

Got given some new coffee by my brother to try.

And even managed to get out on the Roberts for a swift 20miles today.

 

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Made in England book review.

Thought I’d type a few words about “Made in England: The Artisans behind the Hand-built Bicycle” by Matthew Sowter (of Saffron Frameworks) and Ricky Feather (of Feather Cycles).

I’d taken keen interest in the first info that came out about this project ages ago, having a great interest in frame building and the British hand-built bicycle, and as soon as the pre-order came up my Dad and I placed an order straight away, especially as one of the featured builders is Chas Roberts (of whose bicycles we own several).

The book is a beautiful piece of work, with each builder having several pages of stunning ‘at work’ photos as well as a double page spread of one special frame or bicycle, as well as a fascinating section about Reynolds Tubing. Credit must be given here to Kayti Peschke for the brilliant photos which really capture the character of each builder and their creations. The writing is really excellent with both the questions asked and the responses given being interesting insights into the world of the framebuilders. It is obvious that everyone involved, from Matthew and Ricky to all the builders has a huge amount of passion and knowledge for bicycles, and this comes out in the book.

The book also serves as a wonderful memorial to Ron Cooper, in the form of the chapter dedicated to him, who sadly passed away on the 12th of December. His chapter really seems to capture his “old school” spirit as well as his incredible skills and passion.

I would really encourage any cyclist, engineer, or metal worker to get hold of a copy, or even just anyone with an interest in bicycles. If you are in the market for a custom built frame then this book would serve as the ultimate shop window!

Made in England: The Artisans behind the Hand-built Bicycle is available from the Push Projects website, or the Feather Cycles webshop.

(apologies for the iphone pics)

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Todays ride.

Had a good ride round town on the Roberts in the beautiful weather today, bright and crisp, but not too cold. Harringay to Alexandra Palace, over to Highgate, 2 laps of Swains Lane, down the hill for 4 laps at Regents Park, and then along to LMNH for coffee. Then down the Embankment, the Mall, Hourseguards Parade, Tokyo Fixed and Rapha Cycle Club. Then back home through Highbury and Islington to Harringay. Probably around 25 ish miles by the time I’d got back home, a good day in the saddle.

 

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