Custom Build Process
Our bikes are all unique. They arrive with us from various suppliers across the UK and Europe in varying states of disrepair. Some are very special, some less so but all are of an era when most things (especially bicycles) were made properly. Handcrafted with great skill and attention. Even mid-range and fairly inexpensive bicycles emerging from the Raleigh factory, for example, up until as recently as the mid 80s were all hand-built. This leaves us with a very solid foundation on which to build bikes for our customers. We restore classic steel bikes, checking the frames for their structural integrity, and replacing all wearable parts as standard.
After a thorough strip and clean the frames are all doubled checked, bent, badly rusted and damaged frames don't make it through the final process. Frames with rust or paint in poor condition are thoroughly inspected, if the damage is purely cosmetic mid range frames are often built this way, the patina left as a natural deterrent for would-be thieves. High-end frames in this condition are often powder coated/restored by our go-to powder coater.
The process of these restorations is labour intensive, carried out by skilled mechanics. This means that not only do you end up with something very special and truly unique but it is reliable and safe. Because the stringent process of checking and restoring each bike is carried out by our dedicated team of mechanics we can offer a warranty, a first free service and aftercare that will keep you rolling for many years to come.
Pick your frame (we have many more in store). We have a selection of build options available to choose from (depending on frame compatibility), they are:
Single Speed (£575 + frame and carriage)
For those that desire simplicity and minimal maintenance. No gears, fixed or single speed, light and nimble handling - perfect for cruising. Let us know if you want flat bar or drop in the notes at checkout.
1x8 speed (£675 + frame and carriage)
For the commuters, the racers, or those that appreciate having a few gears to get up the hills. Flat bars with trigger shifter, single cog at the front.
Drop bar road bike with black/silver latest Gen Shimano or Campagnolo groupsets. Classic frame with modern groupsets - the best of both.
Vintage parts and down tube shifters in keeping with a pre-1987 build. Get in touch for pricing as options vary (NOS and used groupsets available).
There is a subtle distinction between the type of restorations we sell and 'second-hand bikes'. While you would expect a second hand bike to have been serviced and in roadworthy condition, it is not a requirement to fully strip and rebuild each bike as we do with our builds. By doing so we can ensure that no rock is left unturned and that you get a reliable machine to last you the ages.
Once completed the bikes have undergone quite a transformation. The finishing kit is chosen to suit the bike and prospective rider height and measurements. Flat bars are popular, but the shape of bars, stem and seat post length, and saddle width are all subject to change depending on your personal requirements and preferences. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.