A Special Van Nicholas Build

Yep, this one was special, because I was building it for my dad during the summer. He wanted to add a titanium road bike to his stable, and the Van Nicholas Chinook was perfect; a (more or less) horizontal top tube would give the classic positioning he was used from his steel bikes. He’d already bought himself a lovely NOS Dura Ace 7800 groupset, which was undoubtedly going to look great against the bare titanium, this along with a wheelset with old school Hope titanium hubs. So I brought the frame and remaining parts up to Wales, and built it in his garden on a lovely summer’s day.

Gotta love that Dura Ace packaging.

The lovely frame in question; the Van Nicholas Chinook.

Ritcheys ‘Classic’ bar and stem combo were a great match for the groupset, along with a polished silver Chris King headset.

Love these old titanium-bodied Hope hubs, the matching skewers finish them off nicely too.

And where would we be without some gratuitous shots of that lovely Dura Ace group.

The finished article. Needless to say, my dad is super chuffe, who wouldn’t be?

1960s Harry Quinn Rebuild

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.

Christmas opening hours

23rd 8am-7pm
24th 8am-4pm
28th 11am-5pm
29th 11am-5pm
30th 11am-5pm
31st 11am-3pm
2nd Open as normal 8am-7pm


Latest Custom Build

Enjoyed building up this tasty little Roberts Lo-Pro we’ve had in the shop for a bit. Built for the wife of one of our customers, and finished with a modern Shimano 105 group, Hope to Open Pro wheels and Nitto bullhorn bars make for a fast but comfy steed. Lovely.

TI Raleigh Team Replica Finally In Stock

We put in an order for one of these ages ago, when we first heard they were being made. For one reason or another production was delayed, but one finally came through the door the other day.
It looks great, and definitely looks the part; the frame is made from Reynolds 525 tubing, and sensibly, Raleigh have specced it with a modern Campagnolo Veloce group, along with Record hubs laced to Mavic Open Pros plus the newly re-issued Cinelli Criterium bars, 1A stem and San Marco Concor saddle.
At £2000 it’s not a cheap purchase, but is definitely one for anyone wanting a piece of cycling history with a touch of class. Only 125 of these have been made (for Raleigh’s 125th anniversary) and we have one of the 54cm models. Pop in and take a closer look.

And here’s a pic of one of the originals, just to compare.

Fresh Custom Build

My friend Tom picked up his new bike we just built for him on Saturday.
It’s a Mercian frame, resprayed with our decals, and a Dura Ace 7800 group.
Needless to say, it looks super nice, I was definitely a bit jealous.