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Why use a bespoke frame on my indoor trainer?

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Well that’s simple its a complete faff taking your road bike on and off your trainer. You can jump on straight away with no excuses for not training. A made to measure frame will provide a more comfortable training experience. It only costs around £300, so why wouldn’t you? Your friends will be very jealous. Great! I’m sold, what’s the process? Firstly, you decide on the type of trainer bike… Read More »Why use a bespoke frame on my indoor trainer?

Why build Stainless Steel bikes?

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First of all the stainless steel tubing used to make bike frames (Primarily Reynolds 921, Reynolds 953, Columbus XCR and KVA tubing) is very different to “normal” stainless steel that some people may be familiar with for example 304 and 316/316L grades of steel. There are also different considerations when using it for a bike frame compared to when using it in construction and architectural projects. In this post I’ll… Read More »Why build Stainless Steel bikes?

Stainless Steel Bikes | Myths and Legends

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1: Stainless steel is heavy. NOT TRUE for bicycles. This comes from the use of stainless in other industries. The fatigue strength of stainless relative to it’s ultimate tensile strength (UTS) is higher than non-stainless steel. This means that when you are building structures where the loads could be close to the fatigue strength you need to use a higher safety factor – meaning use more material, therefore heavier. Now, that… Read More »Stainless Steel Bikes | Myths and Legends

Stefano 003 Handover

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Congratulations to Mark on taking delivery of his new speed machine.  He has already smashed a number or Strava PB’s. A very nice bottle of Scotch as a thank you always welcome 🙂 Frame built with Columbus Spirit tubing and finished with Hunt Aero Wheels SRAM Force AXS HRD Electronic Groupset Zipp carbon aero bars Carbon forks Chris King Inset 8 headset Ultimate Evo new seatpost Total Weight 8.3kg Out… Read More »Stefano 003 Handover

What is the process and how long does it take?

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Well, the first thing is for you to decide what type of bike you want.  Sounds obvious but that can be quite difficult for some as generally this is a once in a lifetime purchase and you do not want to get it wrong :). Current bike trends like Gravel or low attached seat stays can play a bit part in the final design.  I generally tell people to follow… Read More »What is the process and how long does it take?

Should I go bespoke?

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We understand the benefits of splashing out on a bespoke suit. After all, you get an end product that will last a lifetime – and one that is made to measure. But a bike? While you’re unlikely to need one on your wedding day, a bicycle is also a high-value investment item that you’re going to get a lot of mileage out of. So why make do with what you can get on the Bike2Work… Read More »Should I go bespoke?

Do I need to be an expert or technical?

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GO FOR A FITTING Before building a bike, Steve strongly urges getting a professional fitter to take your measurements – he recommends thebikewhisperer.co.uk. “It’s quite involved,” he says. “Is like three hours. He will tell me where the customer’s hands, bum and legs need to be – he puts that in a drawing. “Anyone can benefit from a good fit,” says Steve.  You don’t need to be having a custom… Read More »Do I need to be an expert or technical?

What products do you use?

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REYNOLDS TECHNOLOGY Reynolds sell their frame tubes direct.  Most of the commonly used tubes are in stock but they have many more that can be ordered. Reynolds 953 stainless tube is often in short supply despite being a stock item. Reynolds 531 is still available only as a main triangle for lugged frames. They do also supply a range of dropouts, bottom brackets, steerers and lugs etc. COLUMBUS Ceeway in Erith,… Read More »What products do you use?