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  • There’s something about Alan (Shorter)

    There’s a timelessness about Shorters that means they never have, and never will, look dated or old-fashioned. An innovative freshness and a single-minded commitment-to-purpose that makes them always interesting, always relevant, and always willing to take you on a screaming, hollering thrillride of a Sunday afternoon….

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  • Copper Bates B.A.R

    One of the delights of building custom bikes is that we are able to put together machines that we otherwise would struggle to justify building, such as this copper Bates B.A.R. We are not in a position to be able to tie thousands of pounds up in esoteric machines which may or may not find a buyer, and so to a certain extent our custom builds afford us opportunities (for which we are immensely grateful) to realise some of our more outlandish imaginative impulses.

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  • Isambard’s Cycles x Bue Whippet Paint

    We’re delighted to be able to announce ourselves as official London agents of Blue Whippet Cycles in Stoke-on-Trent. Blue Whippet are run by Jason Rourke of Rourke Cycles, and deal exclusively with frame repairs and refinishing.

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  • Fat tyres and low trail – the Holdsworth Cyclone Porteur

    For a couple of years now, I’ve been spending a lot of my time geeking up on, building, riding and evangelising to anyone who will listen about the Holdsworth Cyclone Porteur. With my Ephgrave project (more on that soon), now approaching its final phase, and having just built this Holdsworth for Julian along similar, or similarly informed, lines, we thought it about time we had a blog piece about it too…

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  • Upright lightweights; Lucy’s custom Raleigh Mixte

    In many peoples’ experience, an upright bike is a plodding, heavy thing, suitable for pottering to the shops or along a towpath on a lazy Sunday, but not for anything more arduous or involved. Indeed there is a common misapprehension, in part engendered by the mainstream cycling industry, that upright bicycles should be confined exclusively to this role, and that users of such bicycles are somehow less-than-serious cyclists.*

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