Paul’s Fixed Gear Freddie Grubb

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We built this lovely classic fixed gear bicycle for Paul to replace his Lo-pro which he found was not the most practical bike for commuting on. Paul loved the Freddie Grubb frame and as his Lo-pro was also a fixed gear we were able to swap over most of the components. We fitted a new Halo front wheel as they’re reliable and smooth (the same applies to the Shimano bb). Pretty much everything else came from the Lo-pro- easy

Peter’s Pat Hanlon Racer

Pat Hanlon finished build for P. Millman

 

 

 

 

 

We had already done some work for Peter servicing a Pat Hanlon and Bob Jackson he owned when he noticed the Pat Hanlon frame we had in our shop. The dimensions where almost identical to his and so all that was needed was a vaild reason to get another bike. A reason was easily found and so we built up this beutiful frame with sunny Sunday riding in mind. The components are a mix but all where picked with the desire to stay true to the classic feel of the frame.

Kevin’s Bianchi Super Pista

K. Super Pista

Kevin’s previous fixed gear bicycle suffered an unfortunate crack in the headtube. Rather than let the loss of a good frame get him down we agreed to help build something better. We assisted Kevin in looking at different track frames available and in the end he picked one that needed to be specially ordered from America! We used the Sugino 75 crankset and Phil Wood hubs from the old bicycle and then re-laced the hubs to H+ Son TB14 rims. A pair of Challenge Strada tyres finished the wheelset off. He selected a silver Izumi track chain along with a Nitto seat post and stem that complimented the classic look of the wheels. Finally, a Dura Ace front brake which provides quality stopping with a touch of ‘bling’. In the end (and we hope you’ll agree) it’s turned into an absolutely stunning bike

Birthday Surprise Gillott

1950’s Gillott Path Racer (restored)

We were asked to build a single speed/ fixed gear bike as a birthday present for a very lucky customer. The Gillott was the only real option, a stunning 50’s path racer built by a true legend. To keep things as classic as possible we handbuilt a pair of 27″ flip-flop wheels that would look the part whilst being study enough to go through London on a regular basis. Matching them with Panaracer Pasela’s was a no brainer. The Brooks leather saddle and bar tape provide the right look, feel and quality to match the frame whilst the Izumi track chain adds a discreet bit of gold to match the lining around the lugs. Happy Birthday!

Paul’s Road Shorter

Paul's Shorter Build

 

 

Paul fell instantly in love with the Shorter frame we had in stock. After many years riding on a too small MTB it seemed right to get a road bike with such style and history. The Shimano 105 groupset provides quality shifting and reliable easy use. Our favourite Lizard Skin DSP tape ensure comfy handling. Whilst the Cinelli stem bars keep true to the classic feel of the frame. Tough tyres are essential for London so we fitted a pair of Schwalbe Durano plus. Paul was delighted with the results, a fast, fun bike with a classic steel frame at its core.

 

Theo’s Tree Climbing Single Speed

 

Theo black single speed 01

Theo had a simple brief, a tough uncomplicated bike he could cycle anywhere around London. We used a re-sprayed Charge Plug frame as a solid start for Theo’s robust single speed. The high spoke count matched with wide tyres make for a strong, reliable set of wheels. A BMX stem and handlebar set keep the riding position comfortable. Whilst the large, flat Wellgo off-road pedals keep even the biggest boots feeling secure. As on other builds we’ve gone with powerful Tektro dual pull calipers for instant stopping. Overall this bike is seriously fun to ride in all its ruggedness.

Vincent’s Reynolds 853 Track

Mike Ives 853

 

 

Vincent brought us his Mike Ives Reynolds 853 track frame and asked us to build it into something that suited the high quality 853 tubing.

We started by building some Goldtec hubs on to Ryde Pulse Comp rims with doubled butted Sapim spokes. These wheels are light enough to match the featherweight frame but still have the bombproofness that Goldtec hubs bring. The stealth build was perfectly suited to some SRAM Omniums. The Zipp stem, Thomson layback seatpost and Flite titanium saddle all continue the theme of light, high quality and stealthy looking parts. The final touch was a gold Chris King headset just because.

It may be freezing out and well and truly winter but we hope this bike will be flying around London throughout it.

 

 

Holly’s Retro Racer

Holly build

 

 

 

 

Holly’s old bike was big and heavy. She had been riding it to and from university and work for a number of years. The aim of this build was to make a bike that was fast, reliable and comfortable.

Using the Plum frame meant Holly would get a racing bike that would fit and give a light and beautiful starting point for the build. We stuck to Shimano components to keep control of the final price whilst also providing the reliability that is essential for a bike that will be used everyday. The Campagnolo headset and crankset along with a quill stem ensure that the bike still has a classic look despite the addition of a pair of modern combined brake/gear shifters. A pair of Royce hubs provide a subtle bit of bling and smooth rolling, whilst the Schwable Durano Plus tyres give great puncture protection. The combination of a Selle Italia Ladies saddle and Lizard skin DSP bar tape provide comfort all round.

Brother Cycles Swift Single Speed

David's Brother Swift

David’s Brother Swift

David came to us wanting to upgrade his well loved and used single speed commuter. After going over a few of the different frames and bikes available, David settled on a Brother Cycles Swift frame. The aim of the build was to make a stiff, agile bike that would improve both the speed of David’s commute and the pleasure of riding in everyday.

SRAM Omnium cranks were fitted to give a direct power from each pedal stroke whilst still saving weight when compared to a classic square taper system. Halo wheels give the bike a beautifully smooth roll whilst maintaining enough bombproof strength to cope with London’s potholes. These were fitted with Continental 4 seasons tyres to ensure that David can corner with confidence whatever the weather. The Thomson stem and seatpost provide solid reliable additions that also look awesome. The Flite Ti saddle and Zipp bars wrapped in Lizard skins DSP tape provide lightweight but incredibly comfy contact points which finish the bike off in style.

Ron Cooper Racer Build

Steve's Ron Cooper SRAM Rival Racing Build
Steve picked up his finished Ron Cooper this morning, just in time for the sun. He wanted a bike that he could use for longer rides, outside of the traffic and congestion of London, without sacrificing speed or looks. The Ron Cooper frame he selected has been beautifully restored with a stunning red that looks even crisper with the SRAM Rival groupset that Steve chose to kit the bike out with. The Turbo saddle, Cinelli stem and Campagnolo headset and seatpost make sure the bike still has a classic feel to it whilst the Rival shifters and mechs give the performance benifits of a modern groupset.