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December 2, 2019
by jon
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Sticker bombed track bike

My son wanted to yoof up his track bike so attacked it with a pile of stickers after we squeezed in a nice carbon tri-spoke. Looks nice in the evening sunset.

November 27, 2019
by jon
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Stolen balance bike

How low can people go? Emilio’s custom balance bike was last seen in the garden. The camera caught this image of the suspect that looks quite a lot like his fast growing up sister!! #keepyoureyeonit

November 26, 2019
by jon
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Tomo goes to Iceland

A Tomo gravel bike made it’s way out Iceland for The Rift gravel bike event with Peter. The bike did the business and the photos look amazing. This was my first proper gravel build and we learnt a few things. Columbus Zona tubing, Shimano 105 group, Ritchey, WTB, Salsa, Brooks bits. Rolls pretty nicely with 2.1 29er tyres. The long Ti seatpost seems to make it really plush. Just makes me want to go now.

November 25, 2019
by jon
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Frame building space

When starting out framebuilding there are plenty of challenges. Having a space to work, tools, brazing gear, frame jig, the list goes on. Having made made own way along part of that journey it was nice to be able to help Chris out with the loan of some space and gear whilst offering the occasional bit of advice along the way. It was useful for me as he was building a crossbike Ritchey Breakaway fixture and flat mounts which meant I could build a jig for that too. Turned out nice.

November 25, 2019
by jon
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H to C Gravel Bike Ride

For some time my brother and I had been planning a ride from his place in Huntingdon to mine in Chertsey using as much off road as possible. It turned out to be nearly bang on 100 miles of decent trails, good cafes and reasonable weather. Interesting comparing the Tomo Cross and Gravel bikes too.

November 25, 2019
by jon
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Cinelli Gazzetta repair

One of our race team has a rather nice Cinelli Gazzetta that had unfortunately broken its chainstays. Both had split near the bottom bracket. We had tried a quick repair in the past but it didn’t last so it was time to replace them with some new metal. A couple of new Columbus Cromor stays brazed in whilst also straightening out the rear end. Job done.

August 14, 2019
by jon
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Tomo Cargo Bike

I’ve always liked the idea and utility of cargo bikes and fancied the challenge of building one. For the first one (!) I decided to go for the front loading design. To ease the ability to fit it in the workshop I wanted it to be a reasonable size but also made the cargo platform removable so it’s narrower. It also makes it a surprisingly fun race bike!

Track Bike Tourer

March 27, 2019 by jon | Comments Off on Track Bike Tourer

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go over to the North American Handmade Bike Show this year. The decision was made quite late but I wanted to make something nice to ride over there on. I really like the look of old steel track bikes so wanted make something reminiscent of those and then make a few concessions to see how well it can do the touring thing. Touring accessories included raise handlebars, 5 speed Sturmey Archer hub, front rack, dynamo hub lighting and a bunch of bike packing bags. Overall it rode really well, was perfectly comfortable and didn’t get too battered by the journey.

  

Raf’s track bike

January 21, 2019 by jon | Comments Off on Raf’s track bike

Having got heavily into riding fixed geared bikes over the last year my son wanted the chance to have a go on the track. After a thoroughly good initial outing with Sutton cycling club at Lee Valley we got down to design his own bike. We used Columbus Max and Spirit tubing, some specially made aero tubing for the seat tube and a whopping tapered head tube. Topped off with some Cinelli components and carbon wheels.

 

 

Gravel Bike

December 16, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Gravel Bike

This took some time to get to fruition but finished at last and speedily built up by brother. Columbus Zona tubing with enough room for 2.1s and compact chainset. We used thinner curved rear seatstays for a bit more long distance comfort.

 

Tomo Fixies @RedHookCrit Milano

October 17, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Tomo Fixies @RedHookCrit Milano

Due to a number of unforeseen circumstances we were pretty late pulling the Tomobikes together for Milan. We ended up having two ready but only completed in the week of the race; a fully bespoke Columbus steel fixie and a custom designed titanium one. The selection of Columbus tubes were specifically to make it stiff and give good power transfer with a selection of Max, Spirit and Zona tubing where as the Ti one was a bit more traditional with only round tubes and built for a bit more long distance comfort. It was interesting the feel the difference in the rides. They obviously have different components and I think those Spin On These wheels help but the steel bike certainly had some get up and go. We’ll be doing some back to back tests including a carbon frame and component swapping in the near future.

Red Hook Crit Milan 2

October 14, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Red Hook Crit Milan 2

As well as the race in Milan, it was a pretty busy weekend. The drive down through France and Switzerland, track day at the fabulous Vigorelli Velodrome, riding the city, bike cafes and our fair amount of pizza. It was nice to be able to ride Milan with my son and for him to see all the excitement. We had a great visit to our friends at Cicli Drali, had posh coffee at the Bianchi Cafe and hung out in a bunch of local bike shops like the great Velociclista. Roll on next year.

   

Red Hook Crit Milano

October 14, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Red Hook Crit Milano

About 6 months ago we got together with a couple of riders who had never raced before and set the objective to help them start racing with the lofty aim of entering the Red Hook Crit in Milan in October. Well it’s been a journey but we made it and what an experience it has been. It’s been great to help some dreams come true, progress our own and make some friends along the way. Milan was a blast. We were down to one rider for the race but Jamal Benmoussa did himself proud. Thanks to everyone who helped and encouraged us along the way. Now to the excitement of what comes next…

 

 

Red Hook Crit Milan Fixie

September 15, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Red Hook Crit Milan Fixie

Running a bit late but trying to get this bike together to take to Milan Red Hook Crit. High bottom bracket, Columbus Max, Spirit and Zona tubing. Bentley Components dropouts. The first full frame build on my new Bicycle Academy jig. Seems to be working out alright. Definitely quicker to setup than my home made version. Can’t wait to ride this thing.

 

Red Hook Crit Milano

August 24, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Red Hook Crit Milano

Earlier in the year we started a fixed gear crit race team to help a couple of guys go racing with the ultimate aim to get to the Red Hook Crit in Milan in October. It’s been a bit of a journey but the guys have done really well in the Thundercrit, Nocturne and Minet crit races. It’s been a joy to help them through the races so far and we’ve just got an entry into the Red Hook crit race in Milan. Looks like a cool skunk works roadtrip to Italy coming up.

Jenny’s ladies town bike

August 24, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Jenny’s ladies town bike

It was some considerable time in the making but finally finished Jenny’s bespoke town bike. Columbus Chromor tubing, a few bends, hub gear, custom stainless basket rack and lovely Velo Orange mudguards.

Eske’s Balance Bike

August 5, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Eske’s Balance Bike

This had been delivered to The Netherlands some time back but I had forgotten to post the final picture. Here’s the lovely Eske with her birthday Tomo Balance Bike:-)

TeamTomo at Minet Crit

August 5, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on TeamTomo at Minet Crit

What an awesome time we had at MinetCrit3 yesterday. Sun was out and the racing was hot. We welcomed Arthur to the team as our 3rd rider, they all did well in the races and it was a pleasure to take the next step on our journey.

   

Mr Porter Nocturne results

July 9, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Mr Porter Nocturne results

Just an amazing day at the Nocturne in the centre of London. Drama from off when our man Jamal was hit by a taxi on the way to the start. Frankly we were just happy he was ok and able to start although pretty sore. Pretty daunting circuit not to mention the pace at the front. Jamal did himself proud and it was a great day. Next stop the Minet crit at Hillingdon.

 

Mr Porter Nocturne

June 9, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Mr Porter Nocturne

Second race for our Fixed Gear Crit team today at the Mr Porter Nocturne race in London. We only managed to get one entry unless we find some last minute luck Jamal will be out on his own.

Fixed Gear Race Team

June 5, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Fixed Gear Race Team

This seems to have happened a bit quickly but due to a few quirks of fate, meeting a few people and a desire to take another step into the unknown we seem to have ended up with a fledgling Fixed Gear Race Team! This road may have already had a few twists and turns in it but we’ve been able to help two brilliant guys get to their first Fixed Gear Crit Race at the Thundercrit3 race at the Olympic Park in London. Fantastic event it was too. Not sure where this journey goes next other than Mr Port Nocturne next weekend:-)

  

Last minute tall bike

April 22, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Last minute tall bike

When prepping for our tall bike ride to Bristol, having built the later two out of full cromo donor frames I realised I might be slightly under gunned with my old Raleigh and Viner mix.  The excuse of someone expressing an interest in buying it was all I needed to convince me to build another. It also gave me the opportunity to test out building some long forks in preparation for another up coming project. So on the Saturday before the Bespoked show the hammer (angle grinder) dropped and my old On-One Inbred frame went to a higher place. Just about finished in time as the last parts only arrived on the Thursday before we left on the Friday. We did manage to give it a 400 yard test ride Thursday night just as it got dark and packed it for the first time as we left on Friday and it worked out great. I will probably fit a stabiliser bar to the front fork which I ran out of time to complete before the off. Will probably reduce the load on the fork crown as there’s quite a moment on those forks and help once I get the front disc mount sorted too.

 

Bespoked 18 tall bike ride

April 21, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Bespoked 18 tall bike ride

For a bit of fun we wanted to ride down to Bespoked 18 on tallbikes. Having built the first one my brother, Pete, and friend Scott ended up with number 2 and 3. To ensure I could keep up number 4 was built in the week before the show. Awesome weather had dried the trail. Bikepacking gear came into it’s own. Started at 7am to make the first 50 miles to meet up with Scott for lunch as he was coming up from deepest Hampshire. Going along the Sustrans route 4 which was just beautiful. 100 miles on the first day put us in Devizes for the night. We then polished off the last 40 into Bristol on Saturday morning whilst picking my son up in Bradford Upon Avon after a stonking breakfast in the Lock Inn Cafe. 4 test rides given on route, one BMX track ridden and a lot of smiles raised. Raising funds for the Mind mental health charity and having a blast along the way. (http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mindthebikebespoked2018)

   

Classic roadster build

April 9, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Classic roadster build

I wanted to build an classic style roadster with porteur style bars so when my son said that’s the sort of thing he wanted it was perfect. So this is his 21st birthday present which makes me feel nearly as old as the style of the bike! Having given it the obligatory test ride it rides really nice. Love the comfort of the bars. Columbus tubing, Alfine 8 hub gear, disc brakes to bring it up to date and British road proof Schwalbe tyres. Hopefully it will get plenty of use around York. 

Tall bike ride to Bespoked 18

April 3, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Tall bike ride to Bespoked 18

In one of our less sane moments we thought what better idea than to ride down to the Bespoked bike show this year. To make it slightly more entertaining we thought this was a good opportunity to test out the tall bikes which also meant finishing 3 of them and having them in a fit state to do about 260 miles over the weekend for the return trip from London to Bristol. Seemed like a good idea at the time but as it gets a little closer, well it seems like a long way. To ensure we didn’t think about changing our mind we added the prospect of supporting a good cause into the bargain so will be raising funds for the mental health charity, Mind, through the justgiving link below. Any support anyone wants to offer up will be gratefully received to help such a worthy cause.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mindthebikebespoked2018

Eske’s balance bike

April 3, 2018 by jon

Having met Eske for the first time last year when she was just one, a secret plan was hatched to build her a balance bike for her second birthday. It was a surprise for her dad, Sjoerd also. We’re looking for him to apply some of his Velowland magic to the finish too.

Slightly less fat bike

February 7, 2018 by jon | Comments Off on Slightly less fat bike

When I first built my fat bike, it was an experiment to try one out. I had collected a few bits and picked up a pair of relatively cheap wheel to suit. They happened to have 100mm rims. I ended up fitting 4.0 tyres as that’s what I had.

Although it was great fun, it always had slightly peculiar handling – tram lined like a bugger and was super sensitive to camber on the road and trail. I experimented with a 80mm front (as I picked one up). It seemed a bit better but the back didn’t want lean over. Finally splashed out on some Halo Tundra 80mm rims and fitted to the back to match the width of the front. What a revelation. Handles properly, turns well and dropped about 150 grams. All round an interesting learning process.

It also proved that you could just about fit a 190mm axle in a park tools wheel jig which was a relief!

 

Marin Bear Mountain Tall Bike

October 22, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Marin Bear Mountain Tall Bike

In preparation for a #TallBikeTour next year we are expanding the flock. We created this double Marin framed mountain tall bike. With half Bear Valley and half Pine Mountain it feels pretty light with all that double butted cromoly loveliness. Managed to add in the beer bottle opener, just in case:-)

 

Autumn copper colours

October 12, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Autumn copper colours

Enjoying some nice autumn weather riding before on my copper singlespeed. Fitted some Cinelli bars for the retro look. Really comfortable and look the business.

Dahon Minivelo project

October 1, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Dahon Minivelo project

IMG_5232A chap contacted me for a possible interesting project based on a Dahon De Bike. Make a non folding lightweight mini velo with similarities to the Dahon. Knowing not too much about them I laid my hands on this little beauty for a test ride. Really good nick for a bike of that age. I’d have to say it’s somewhat flexible(!) and pretty intricate to fold. Even has a jocky wheel come out when it’s folded. Hope the project comes off as it looks pretty good fun and i’m sure would ride a lot better than the original.

 

Tall bike touring

September 22, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Tall bike touring

IMG_5309For a planned tallbike camping trip I wanted to add some luggage capacity so added front and rear stainless racks and some additions to the rear frame to add some extra stuff is needed and add to the patchwork paint job.

 

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Mountain Mayhem 2017

June 19, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Mountain Mayhem 2017

Having done about 10 Mountain Mayhem 24 hour MTB races, when we heard this years 20th edition was going to be the last we thought we’d see if we could get some of the old team together. We got a team of 5 so after an absence of quite a few years and the first chance to ride one of one of my own bikes we were on for the race. The 29er did the business. Added some suspension forks a but kept the 1*10 gearing, which in honesty wasn’t quite enough, with a 34 front and 36 rear (and old legs) I could have done with a lower first gear. Great weekend had by all.

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Roasting hot day but very cool dawn breakfast.

Sunday tall bike

May 24, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Sunday tall bike

I ended up with a free Sunday afternoon and having watched the TED talk about tall bike bobby I couldn’t resist turning some of the scrap in the shed into something more fun. They seemed to get a mixed reception but it’s got two wheels, looks like a pile of fun and actually rides pretty well.

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Tomoland Truss fork

April 29, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Tomoland Truss fork

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Sjoerd from Velowland in the Netherlands recently and we doodled a type of truss fork. Started experimenting with a trial build of those last week. Hopefully get them finished this weekend.

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Fat bike testing

April 29, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Fat bike testing

IMG_4647One of the nice things about making bespoke bikes is can choose the geometry. I decided to go fairly aggressive head angle (for a fat bike) as the last thing I wanted was a barge. It’s steeper than anything else I saw in the market so although it keeps your attention on the descents it’s pretty awesome fun on twisty single track. Trying out a shorter stem, in spite of my natural xc tendencies also seems to help the fun!

Interesting boring tool mount

April 17, 2017 by jon | Comments Off on Interesting boring tool mount

I was making some truss fork dropouts and having some issues with the way the boring tool was mounted. I’d 17932651_1171010623027851_6972924480737771520_n(1)been using shims to get the right height but it was never very satisfactory so finally got round to making a tool mount. I can’t tell you how much better it was to use. The tool was much more stable and so much quicker to use, all for 20 minutes of making the post mount, result. Time spent making tools is time saved in the future. Lesson learnt, again!