Handmade bicycle frames for road and mountain

bicycle frames, hand made and designed by Angus Taylor,Norfolk></div>
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Road Bikes

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sportive bike

For this Sportive/Audax bike the customer opted for a gently sloping top tube, mudguard clearance and a gloss white powder coat paintjob. We chose the drive train (NOS Campagnolo triple), hubs, rims, forks and finishing kit together, and I laced-up the wheels and built the bike ready to ride away.

sportive bike

Ladies road bikedeyail

 

To size this ladies light tourer we alternated between my sizing jig (a stationary spinner bike modified to accept conventional handlebars) and the CAD screen, deriving a riding position that felt comfortable and could be built up into a sensible shaped frame. Avoiding toe-overlap with mudguards was considered essential; this was achieved with a 50mm offset fork and a 71 deg steering head angle. A long (175mm) head tube keeps the bars comfortably high without needing an ugly stack of spacers, and a sloping top tube lowers the stand-over height to boost rider confidence.

The main tubing is all from Reynolds; 853 for the front triangle, and 725 for the chain stays and double tapered seat stays. Cowled dropouts (with a replaceable mech. hanger), a ring reinforced head tube, rack & mudguard lugs and two sets of bottle bosses complete the frame.

 

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gents road bike
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Here are a couple of big men’s frames, for riders of 6’6” plus. In both cases the customer chose a horizontal top tube for the traditional look, and I extended the steerer tube to keep the handlebars at a comfortable height without needing a stack of spacers. Custom bent chainstays in Reynolds 725 provide generous heel clearance.
Both frames are painted in 2-pack polyurethane; the orange frame features the customer’s choice of sign writing applied to the top tube beneath the clear topcoat.

 

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gents bike Richard Dunnett’s Round-the-World bike might be described as a heavy-duty cyclo-cross bike with a Rohloff hub gear
We based the riding position upon that of his winter training bike, but with the handlebars raised 10mm as a concession to the long hours he planned to spend in the saddle. Custom 'road' sliding dropouts (with integrated rack mounts) allow for easy wheel changing without affecting chain tension. Hopefully Richard appreciated this feature at each of his 30 or so punctures. Made of the same Reynolds 853 / 725 tubing mix as most of my road frames, and using the same welding techniques, I think Richards exploits on this bike ably demonstrate the strength & durability of my bike frames.

 

Tony's Tourer started as an exercise to find out why he couldn't find a comfortable riding position on the bike he'd bought off Ebay. One thing led to another and we ended up with this fully built custom-sized tourer. For sizing we took measurements of Tony's arm, torso & legs to derive an initial top tube length from my 'Touring Bike' reference book; then spent time on the sizing jig & in front of the CAD screen working up something that felt right & looked 'like a bike'. A ten-speed Campagnolo Comp Triple transmission, cantilever brakes, 42mm wide mudguards & 3 sets of bottle bosses complete this touring build.

 

Here’s something a bit different. Mairead wanted a hand cycle that would be useable on her local roads in County Mayo but that didn’t look ‘like an old clunker’. With a custom frame, forks, crank, crank arms & ‘pedals’ this project turned into something of an epic. A 27-speed mountain bike transmission, disc & ‘V’ brakes and 26” wheels with complete her tough & versatile trike.