Several decades ago, I drove rally cars for a living. My leisure time being spent playing with vintage cars and motorcycles. My first love however, was always the bicycle, having learned at a young age that I could escape my home town under my own steam, and go where I pleased, into my own world.
Then, the bicycle awakened my love of nature. Today it keeps me healthy and saves me money.
In the mid 1990s, I returned to that first love having dragged a vintage roadster from a skip. Copies of the iconic ‘Richard’s Bicycle Book’, and ‘Encycleopedia’ fertilised the seed, and my path chose itself.
I enjoy building and modifying bicycles to suit my preferences and needs, and those of my family and friends. For me it’s a creative endeavour as well as an ethical mission, and I have enjoyed refining my skills, expanding my knowledge, and owning, riding & handling such a huge variety of pedal powered marvels.
Each bicycle is restored and reimagined to suit the rider. With a belief in sustainable mobility, recycling and craftsmanship, I create bikes that are comfortable, practical, easy to use and maintain, and visually distinctive. A functional work of art that reflects its owner. My taste has been described as “Amsterdam meets Tweed meets Rivendell” (the last being the bicycle manufacturer, not the fictional location!).
Occasionally I will build a bike from scratch, if there is nothing in existence from which to create my dream. I have been building frames occasionally since 1997. My first two being a recumbent and a tandem – a baptism of fire!
A lifetime of skip-diving and scavenging and looking-in-sheds has stood me in good stead, and delivered some amazing finds. Some of these, and bikes that have passed through my hands, can be seen on my Flickr site, linked on this page.
I am always looking for interesting project bikes, parts, or general old bicycle related items. I buy the following;
- Traditional touring bikes.
- Old-style steel-framed mountain bikes and ‘hybrids’ of good quality.
- Dutch, Italian, French and other Scando-European city bikes.
- Traditional carrier & tradesmans’ bikes (‘Butchers bikes’ etc).
- British ‘Three-speed’ style bikes with the large 28″ wheel size. I will buy the smaller and more common 26″ wheeled models if they are in good original condition.
- Raleigh ‘Superbe’ – the dark green bikes with a full chaincase and fork lock, which were ubiquitous in late 20th cantury Britain.
- Anything by Pashley, Moulton, Gazelle.
- Leather saddles, canvas saddlebags, brass bells, baskets……
Let me know if you have anything, or know of such items which I might be able to drag from a shed.