Pen Paper Steel

Over the years I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing frame builders, all of whom have been willing to open their doors to me and my camera, share in the stories that are rarely known and have shared my love of the bicycle.

From the love it soon came about that I have a slightly odd addiction to collecting steel tube-sets or tubes in general that have been forgotten or are no-longer at the forefront of bicycle fabrication. This doesn’t mean that they are not high quality or ground breaking by any means, just that they might well have been forgotten about and as builders work with tubes they can obtain regularly they tend to sit at the back of a shelf waiting for some attention.

Working with Quirk Cycles, Lester Cycles, Cicli Barco, LaFraise and Stayer Cycles in the first part of this project which is slowly coming into fruition has been amazing. The whole project will come together in 2021 in an exhibition of bikes from those we are going to be working with. These bikes will be on show in London, Roubaix, Milan and California.

The photographs and stories we have been collecting will become another project we are working on for 2021. We hope the project will allow us to bring you an amazing insight as to what goes on behind closed doors, creating an in-depth view of people we think are some of the most interesting bike builders who have opened their doors to us.

So for now take a look at our own little creation using a mixture of vintage and new Columbus tubes. The rear seat stays were prototypes given to us from Beroletti in Italy, while the top tube and seat tube were donated by Bedovelo in Switzerland.

The frame which was fillet brazed in my home town Colchester by a good friend who taught me frame building many years ago. With internal routing and a T47 bottom bracket the bike has been future proofed by being able to use both post mount and flat mount brakes. The extra bottle cage bosses on the underside of the down tube and huge tyre clearance means this bike can go anywhere I wish to take it.

For those that know me I developed an issue with my hands a couple of years back which means I can no-longer hold tools or torches for that long. This bike is going to be the penultimate as I’m planning on just one more with some other odd tubes I have in storage.

Thanks to Columbus for supplying the tubes we were missing and Bear Frame Supplies for bottom bracket shell and dropouts. With out their help we wouldn’t have been able to finish the bike.

The (gravel/adventure) bike has been finished off with some of our favorite parts including the Gevenalle Shifters and Praxis Works BB and cranks. While the finishing kit has been supplied by Ritchey and Gilles Berthoud from France. We have to say a huge thanks goes to Hunt Wheels and Schwalbe for supporting the project and we will have more from them on another bike in the pipeline.