Seb’s Rather Big Surly

Seb needed a new bike after his old carbon road bike decided it couldn’t handle the commute anymore. He agreed that something steel and built to last would make sense so the Surly Straggler was a perfect choice!

Luckily his old 105 groupset was still in good condition so all that was left to do was build up a pair of rugged wheels add some TRP HY/RD calipers and the bike was ready to eat up London’s famously lovely roads.

Rosa’s Everyday City Bike

New Bike Day!

Rosa had a simple brief, she needed a bike to start commuting on regularly that would be low maintenance, affordable but still do the distance daily with ease.
We had this lovely old Peugeot Mixte frame just waiting to go. We built a tough rear wheel with a Sturmey Archer 3 spd hub that would allow for weight to be carried but still give a decent gear range and provide the low maintenance reliability of a internally geared hub. Ticks all round.
All it needed was some strong tyres, a rack and pannier bags and it was new bike day!

John’s All Day Holdsworth

A bike to handle anything

John’s brief was for us to build a bike that he could comfortably, leisurely ride all day through the Welsh valleys. With the emphasis on the leisurely side of things we fit the bike to be upright and stable. The wide bars with a one by drivetrain make the bike easy to handle and uncomplicated to use and service. We hand built the wheels using reliable Novatec hubs laced with Sapim spokes to wide Pacenti tubeless rims for great ride comfort with the Schwalbe G-One tubeless tyres which provide excellent grip and roll beautifully. SKS mudguards are an obvious choice for any practical bike and are not a comment on the weather in Wales… Likewise hydraulic disc brakes give consistent reliable braking in all conditions all day long.

Peter’s Ritchey Commando Fat Bike

Peter picked up a rad Ritchey fat bike frame with the intention of getting a dope handle anything MTB. So that’s what we made sure he got! SRAM Eagle 1 x 12, Halo fat bike wheels with Maxxis Mammoth tyres make this such a blast to thrash around in mud, snow or anything really. We’ve decided that everyone needs a fat bike in their life!

Trek Antelope 830

 

This rad old Trek Antelope 830 was brought into us in need of a full overhaul so we stripped it right back to the frame and forks and rebuilt it around the classic steel. We kept retro parts wherever possible to keep the chiller style. The final result is a seriously cool reborn bike!

Neil’s Restored Roberts

 

 

Neil brought his lovely but rather battered Roberts in for a service but unfortunately we discovered that the top tube was badly damaged and needed to be replaced. We stripped it down and sent it of to Phoenix Hotworks who replaced the tube with NOS Reynolds 531 to match the original tubing. We then sent the bike to David at Colour-Tech who used to paint Roberts frames back when this one would have been made. He was able to redo the paint exactly as it would have been originally and supplied some NOS Roberts decals to finish it off. Once back with us we completed the service and fitted a number of replacement Shimano 600 parts in place of older bits that had worn out. The results of such a complete restoration are clear to see and both Neil and all of us in the shop were very happy to have been able to keep such a stunning bicycle going in the best condition.

Ailsa’s Albuch Kotter Commuter Whip

 

Ailsa popped in one day to talk about getting a bike to commute on and she spotted an eye catching Albuch Kotter frame hanging among our collection. She quickly realised it was the bike for her so after a few questions to work out what kind of rising she would be doing we set about building it up into a banging commuter. We fitted a 1x SRAM drivechain set up for simple reliable shifting along with an upright position to suit what Ailsa wanted from the bike. Affordable, reliable and with a classy frame at the core.

Pip’s Restored Woodrup Racer

Pip first came to us years ago when he was riding his Grandfather’s Woodrup and it needed some servicing. Unfortunately, the downtube went and the frame was retired. We built a replacement bike for Pip at the time using the parts off the Woodrup and an Emperor Sport frame. Now though the original Campagnolo parts from his Grandfather’s Woodrup have been returned to a Woodrup frame! We helped Pip find the frame and then got it repainted and restored with correct Woodrup decals. We were able to fit most of the original Campagnolo parts, (chainset, pedals, derailleurs and seatpost) along with the original Brooks saddle to which we matched some new Brooks bar tape. New IRD freewheel, KMC chain and Jagwire cables finished the build of. We think it looks spectacular and like all good Woodrups it rides bloody nice!

James’ Self-Built Steel CX Bike

Back in August last year James (our longest serving mechanic) went on a frame building course with Darren¬†of Phoenix Hotworks.¬†After a week of intensive brazing practice James made this beast of a CX / Touring frame. It’s since been kitted out in serious style with Shimano Ultegra groupset hooked up to Hope RX4 calipers with purple caps added for bling. Purple Hope RS4 hubs and headset where the obvious match, along with Thomson seatpost and stem. A new Brooks Cambium C15 finished the build off. If you want to see it in the flesh be sure to head down to the London Bike Show (23-25 Feb) where James and Darren will be standing next to the bike looking awkward, be sure to say hi!