Fitzrovia Bicycles is an independent bike shop located in the heart of the west end of London.
We just had the pleasure of putting together this Brother Kepler, in the slightly more tame navy colour. This is to be used as a bit of a touring machine, so a multi position ‘butterfly’ bar was a good choice. Finished with a Shimano 105 group and V-brakes, the black bits look really great on this frame. More builds like this to come hopefully!
We had the pleasure of rebuilding this lovely bike for a customer. Originally, the frame came to us in a fairly tatty state, at which point we had it ‘modernised’ to some extent; rear end spaced to 130mm, cable stops added to the top tube and chain stay, and cable stop bosses attached to the downtube to allow fitting of adjustable cable stops. The customer then had it painted in Liverpool, at the very same place it would’ve been painted back in the 60s. Lovely stuff.
The brief was to build it with modern parts, but retaining the classic look. So we went for a silver Campag Veloce groupset, Halo Retro wheels, Dia Compe centre pull calipers, Panaracer Pasela gumwall tyres, and Brooks bar tape and saddle. And we’d like to think it’s a job well done, it certainly looks the part and safe to say, the customer seemed suitably chuffed.