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CUSTOM BUILT VINTAGE BICYCLES

We specialise in custom, classic cycles built around older steel frames. These frames were handbuilt by skilled craftsmen, and are lightweight,  responsive and fun to ride, as well as being versatile, durable and very easy on the eye.

We put our bikes together using a carefully chosen mixture of quality new and second-hand parts, each chosen individually to best suit that particular bike.  We don’t stick religiously to period correct builds, but we do always build sympathetically, staying true to the spirit of the maker and the machine.  No two cycles we sell are alike, but all are fully guaranteed against mechanical fault or failure for six months. Our prices for complete bikes start at about £400.

Below you can see our current range of ready-to-ride bikes.  However, most of the bikes we sell are custom-built for a particular customer.  Please visit our frames page to browse our current stock of frames available for custom-builds.

  • Mener

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    Quick and responsive, this Menet race frame is ideally suited to single speed life in the urban melée. Fresh paint and new parts; this one’s agile, capable and smart.
    £550.00
  • Shorter Track

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    Holder of the ‘Fastest Moving Object’ title from 1985-2002, this thoroughbred track Shorter has to be ridden to be believed. Everything you’d expect from a bike like this and much much more. Super-short wheelbase, super stiff, aggy angles, and as many decals as you’ll ever see on a single frame. We had to use an ultra-slow-mo camera just to get an unblurred photo of this one. You’ve probably missed it already…
    £850.00
  • Stratton TT

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    Time-trial the late-70s way. Super-steep angles and super-tight clearances (pictured here on 20mm tyres), this frame is as responsive as they come. Track ends and a mech hanger so you can set this up fixed or with gears, either way this bike prizes speed above all else; even the paint can’t keep up!
    £850.00
  • Hetchins Vede Mecum

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    By Hetchins’ standards, this is a relatively understated example. The workmanship and finishing, however, is second to none - and the deeper and longer one looks, the more it becomes clear that the choices made in the design of this Vede Mecum I were not dictated by budget, but by an ostentatious taste. The build sacrifices neither form nor function to the other - staying true to the aesthetic and spirit of the original machine. A composite of continental parts: Italian gears (Campagnolo) and brakes (Universal), French crankset (Durax) and Bottom Bracket (TA), Belgian cockpit (Titan) and British saddle (Wrights). As handsome as they come.   This bicycle is on display at Rapha Spitalfields - drop in to see it in the flesh!
    £2,350.00
  • Raleigh Rapide

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    An 80s all-rounder, repurposed as an urban single speed. Handbuilt Ambrosio wheels, NOS Continental tyres, Campagnolo crankset, a nubuck Concor to perch on and bullhorns to get down and give it some on the flats. Slick, fast and smooth. Just don’t put it down in the snow…
    £550.00
  • Mac Lean

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    Formerly of Upper Street, Islington, MacLean retain an ability to make the most hardened of London lightweight-watchers go all goey-eyed. This 50s example is true to the rule. Superb detailing, pencil stays, original paint and varnish transfers. Set up fixed, but on a flip-flop hub with a 5 speed freewheel if you wanted to run it geared down the line.
    £850.00
  • Hetchins “The Plus”

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    Red bikes go faster. A pure race machine from Tottenham's master. Comparatively unadorned - this one means business. We're not purists here, and we don't stick religiously to period-correct builds - but we do always build sympathetically - and we always (aim to be) true to the spirit of the machine. Blur your eyes, and you can still see Tommy Simpson tearing into a rain soaked autumn 25 miler on this…
    £1,750.00
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    Rotrax

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    Beautiful late 50s/early 60s road-path frame. Nervex Pro lugs. Track ends but larger clearances for bigger tyres and/or mudguards. Slightly relaxed track angles make this ideally suited to life as a capable urban single speed.
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    Orbit Tourer

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    Orbit have made a name for themselves over the last few decades for building simple, rugged steel road bikes - ranging from flat-out TT machines to round-the-world-mobiles. This 90s touring frame (rack, low-rider, mudguard and double bottle cage braze-ons) has been rebuilt with a 3 x 9 Ultegra/105 mix. A touring Brooks, and NOS Selle Monte Grappe leather tape for all-day comfort. It should get you up and down just about anything, anywhere - reliably, and in style. Waterbottles not included, but you can buy them here.
    POA
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    Benotto 3000

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    One of cycling's legendary bikes - made famous under the peerless stewardship of Francesco Moser, and in the opening scene to arguably the best cycling movie ever made. This 1973 example has only been lightly used, and is fully original. Columbus SL; Campagnolo Nuovo record. Italian Gold.
    POA
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    Marino

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    A no-nonsense urban single speed - straight out of the italian school in Brussels. Incredible, flamboyant paintwork, but all business in the build. Rapid, strong and striking.
    POA
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    Blanc Sports

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    A classic road frame rebuilt for the city. A rock solid single speed with a Reynolds 531 core, and reliable, low-maintenace parts to keep you running problem-free. Sealed bearings, puncture protected tyres, pin-sharp dual pivot calipers, and a classic Concor saddle.
    POA
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    Alex Iles

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    Born of the mysterious Silver Star Forge….sometime home of such luminaries as Bill Hurlow and Ron Rowlands. A pure sprinter’s bike - stiff as they come and bombproof. Drilled lugs. Varnish transfers. Oldschool Campag Pista and tied and soldered spokes. The real deal.
    POA
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    Mercier Danguillaume

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    We've seen these bikes sold under a few different names - but they're all typical Merciers. A refined, classic French racer - slim stays and pretty detailing. Racey but refined. Shimano 600 Arabesque throughout.
    POA
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    653 Harry Hall

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    Classic 80s racing bike from Manchester's finest. Built for the fastest, most visible of getaways. Dura Ace, Campy and Suntour combo; the best of all possible words.
    POA
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    Concorde Cyclocross

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    80s cyclocross monster. Fast, rough and gnarly. Built to take you anywhere and everywhere. Tough as you like! Ultegra drivetrain, custom shifters and glam pink housing - for real men!
    POA
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    Holdsworth Elan

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    A fully modernised classic - a repainted Holdsworth Elan, rebuilt with a modern 10 speed Tiagra group. A fully up-to-date range of gears (52/36 chainrings and 12-28, integrated shifters), with proper vintage looks (square taper crankset and Benotto ribbon tape). A versatile, stylish ride equally well suited to commuting duties, as to longer-range day or weekend trips.
    POA
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    Peugeot 650B

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    Charm, finesse, style and substance. A mid-century French roadster built to cruise through the urban rush. Relaxed angles, hand-stitched balloon tyres, a dreamy sunday of a bike.
    POA
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    Peugeot Competition

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    A lightweight Peugeot single speed - the ideal city bike. Strong, dependable parts built onto a lightweight, agile frame for a no-nonsense run around that will just keep plugging away. Nothing flash here - it does what you need it to - but with upgraded leather and rubber on the saddle and tyres for maximum comfort and grip.
    POA
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    Brian Rourke

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    Yeah, it's meant to look like that... A time-bomb from the 'aero-is all' 80s school of thought. Outrageously aggressive lo-pro for minimising frontal profile. 700/650 wheels. 80mm front hub. Mavic to make you go, Campag to make you stop. Go on, we dare you…!
    POA
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    Hetchins Scorpion Bonum

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    Nobody ever accused Hyman Hetchin of understating the fact. This 1987 example amply demonstrates everything that makes the marque. Custom design, attention to detail, and superbly intricate craftsmanship. This all-out tourer features all the add-ons you'd expect, without sacrificing the sporty geometry and inimicable showiness that make Hetchins unique. Built for purpose using a carefully chosen mix of British, French and Japanese parts.
    POA