Carbon Fibre Framebuilding – Any Interest? – UPDATED

The purpose of the first post on this subject was to try and ascertain the interest in the frame building community in constructing their own carbon fibre …

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Custom Framebuilders Association and Public Liability Insurance – UPDATED

Several informal meetings took place between Custom Frame Builders across the UK with a view to establishing an Association. At present there is no formal …

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Where do I Obtain Bicycle Framebuilding Parts?

This is a question I am often asked. Anyone who has already built a frame outside a course will already know the answer, but it …

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Introduction to Milling – another Axminster skill centre course

At the end of November I attended a two day course as an introduction to using a milling machine. This will be another machine to …

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Bespoke 2016

Predictably I went to the Bristol Bespoke show again this April to keep up to date with current ideas and trends. The photo above is …

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Visit to Reynolds Technology

I was fortunate enough to receive a tour of the Reynolds factory in Birmingham whilst attending an informal meeting regarding a proposed frame builders cooperative, …

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Bespoke 2015

I was given the privilege of exhibiting at this year’s Bespoke bicycle show in Bristol where I hoped to generate interest and contributions to this …

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Health and Safety

I seem to recall someone once telling me “Health and Safety is everyone’s problem, or should that be responsibility”. When we attend framebuilding and welding …

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Headbadges are maybe old fashioned now but still liked by custom framebuilders. there are makers in the USA who produce them in silver at a …

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Bespoke Saddle Coverings

I have previously mentioned GRAFTON SADDLER in a review of a former Bespoke Bristol, in …


I copied this handlebar from Jon Thompson, who made some in this fashion for fixies …

Oxy-Propane Brazing Update 3

I use oxygen and propane for my brazing. I did not want the expense and …