Jeremy's Road Disc bike

Jeremy wanted a road bike for all seasons, with clearance for up to 32mm tyres and disc brakes.  The design of the frame is based on my Signature road frame but adapted to accept disc brakes. Jeremy also chose to use a stainless steel rear triangle which was polished and left exposed after paint.

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Andy's Signature ISP Road Frame

Andy wanted a well rounded road bike for his regular road riding and sportive events.  He had tried many of the latest models and settled on having something a little more special made just for him. During the fitting session we were able to identify a few changes that were needed to his position and I was also able to get a good look at his pedalling biomechanics to help me tune the performance of the frame accordingly.

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Vicky's Disc Brake Road Frame

Vicky struggled to get on with her existing bike finding it to have awkward handling and poor comfort.  She wanted a bike that would inspire her to get out and ride more.  During the fitting session we made quite a few adjustments to her position to improve her efficiency and comfort as well as getting to the bottom of the handling issues that she had on her current bike.

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Steve's Signature Hard Tail MTB

This is the first of the the signature hard tail models to roll out of the workshop.  As with the signature road model these are all made to measure and the geometry gets tweaked for each individual rider but the overall ride experience remains constant: In this case an aggressive 650b hard tail with a skack head angle, long front centre, short travel (yes I did mean that, read on!), low BB and a short rear centre. Built to shred.

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David's Custom Stainless Steel Road Bike

David wanted a 'Jack of all trades' road frame. It needed tyre clearance for 30mm tyres and a geometry that was capable of taking on the odd gravel race. As well as this it needed to be agile and fast enough to keep David entertained in his day to day riding which includes a lot of sprinting for signs

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Paul's classic TT bike

Paul wanted a bike to use in time trial and triathlon events.  During the fitting session we made a few tweaks to his current position and identified a few areas that could be improved further with his new frame.  

The geometry is designed around a low bottom bracket and short crank lengths which helps Paul's position, improves cornering and pedalling efficiency. The front end is designed to improve the poor handling synonymous with TT bikes (and one of Paul's issues with his current bike): By adjusting front centre and trail it is possible to address the 'twitchy' feeling of the bike without compromising Paul's riding position.

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Craig's Long Distance Tri Bike

Craig wanted a bike for racing long distance triathlons.  This presents quite a few challenges that I am all too familiar with from my time racing at elite level; triathlon is a sport of compromises where no two elements ever seem to complement each other.  This bike needed to be as comfortable as possible for long hours in the saddle whilst accommodating a position that is as aerodynamic as possible without having too great an impact on Craig’s ability to run off the bike.

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Signature Road Details and Options

The signature road frame is the result of a long and interesting development process with some fun prototyping.  Hopefully you have read the series of posts on my design philosophy and so appreciate the approach that is taken to develop a frame design.  This road model is designed to be a proper road racing bike that will put a smile on your face. It is a great all rounder that is both comfortable enough for long, endurance miles but more capable than most when you wind up the pace.  The frame characteristics are designed specifically to be ‘biomechanically intuitive’; that is to say the frame is very adaptable and easy for your body to ‘learn’ to use it in a way that is best for you individually.  This is in contrast to most modern road bikes whose frame performance characteristics very much dictate how the bike must be ridden.

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Gemma's Road Bike

Gemma is new to road biking. She wanted a bike to use on her commute to and from work over the Welsh mountains and was really struggling to get on with anything available elsewhere. It is a problem faced by quite a few women especially those below a certain height. The main issue is that most small, female specific frames that are widely available stick to the 700c wheel size now ubiquitous amongst road bikes. I opted to use the smaller 650b wheel size in order to improve handling characteristics and clearances of the bike.

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Paul's Cyclocross Bike

Paul wanted a cyclocross bike in its purest form; for flat out, muddy racing.  The size was a bit of a challenge in this case:  In an ideal world we would have put together a frame based on 650b wheels but with good ‘cross tyres not being readily available in that format a bit more head scratching was needed to pack in all of the right characteristics and clearances on the frame. 

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Tom's TT bike

This is a bike that I have been excited about building for some time, not just because it is for me! Racing against the clock is my favourite cycling discipline and probably what I do best. I have always been frustrated with the notoriously poor handling of TT/tri bikes and so set out to address the issue.  

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Christopher's Bicycle

Christopher came to me with something of a challenge.  He wanted a bike for ‘audax and general riding around enjoying the view in whatever weather’ riding.  He also wanted it to be ‘ as close to zero maintenance as possible’.

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Jamie's Bicycle

Jamie wanted a bike primarily to explore his local roads in the Brecon Beacons.  He also has a few longer distance trips planned and so wanted the bike to be capable of light touring duties. He reported a few issues with his current road bike and so brought it along to the fitting session so that I could have a look at him riding it and get to the bottom of what was going on.  A few biomechanical issues were highlighted and addressed in the design of his new bike.

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James's TT bike

James' new bike is a flat out time trial machine that has been great fun to build.  James wanted a bike to use in his local time trial events which, being based in South Wales, are nearly all 'sporting courses' with undulating and technical sections. 

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Al's Road Bike

Alan wanted a versatile road bike to use on his regular riding around the Brecon Beacons but also capable of light touring duties should he choose to spend a few days exploring.

The bike needed to be at home in the welsh mountains and all the difficulties that they present.  The geometry has been designed to cope with high speed descents and twisting mountain roads. At the same time plenty of tyre clearance has been built in without altering the required centre of mass.

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Ailce's Bike

Alice wanted a bike for leisurely rides to get out an about and enjoy the views from the paths and tracks around where she lives.

The geometry was designed to handle effortlessly at modest speeds and accommodate her body shape whilst keeping her low to the ground for increased confidence when navigating the narrow paths that she likes to ride on, something that she had struggled with on previous bicycles.
A bespoke mixture of Columbus Steel tubing was chosen to give excellent comfort, suitable pedalling efficiency and the slender, elegant aesthetic that Alice wanted.  These tubes were fillet brazed and left un-filed for all to see.

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