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Beaumont Bicycle

HANDMADE • BESPOKE • YOURS

 

ABOUT ME

"We need more women frame builders!" said Natalie Ramsland, a framebuilder in Portland, Oregon.  

"Yes, we do", I said and here I am building up a business creating a unique product for a market not served well in my opinion.  I have the experience and passion to change this.  If you're looking for a lightweight, low geared step-through bike that's comfortable and feels great to ride, you've just found the framebuilder to built it!

My Mission:  To keep people cycling - especially those whose enthusiasm to cycle has been affected by a reduced range of movement.

My Vision: To deliver a made-to-measure handbuilt lightweight bicycle that suits the rider physically with thought given to where it will be ridden and the purpose for riding.  I design around the step-through principle or the traditional diamond form.  I also consider easy maintenance and practical accessories to make your Beaumont Bicycle a pleasure to own.  

My Values:  My experience from working as bicycle mechanic and an occupational therapist over the last 30 years has given me a unique skill set.  I understand how an improved sense of well being comes from matching fit, form, function with a consideration for our environment and how things are made.

Elizabeth Beaumont Colebrook BA BSc

Update: Liz’s Sabbatical 2021

I've decided to have a break - after 5 years, it's time to down tools, ride my bike and reconnect. There's never a convenient moment, but the planets have aligned in the form of mobile mechanic extraordinaire Sam Price-Hunt who has kindly offered to ‘sit in’ for me.

Sam will answer emails [email protected] from 1st January until I'm back at the end of June. He has extensive knowledge of the bike trade, mechanics, bike fitting and wheelbuilding. There is a great deal he can help you with so please send him your enquiries or give him a call.

I will contact my current customers personally about frames in progress and outline what will happen while I'm away. But basically, everything is set up to roll forwards towards a happy conclusion.

Do read more about Sam in NEWS.

 

Phone

07729 591 479 until Dec31st

07896 010825 from Jan 1st 2021

Email

[email protected]

 

Location

Beaumont Bicycle
Colebatch Farm
Colebatch
Nr Bishops Castle
SY9 5JY

 

 

NEWS

Enjoy this short film expertly created by Jonathan Keeley who also built this website - thanks Jonny.

This elegant step-through won a prize in the 'Outstanding Design' category at this year's Bespoked handbuilt bicycle show in Bristol. Photo: Ben Broomfield.

Actually stepping through the frame requires foot room and consideration for the rider's hip flexion.  The frame tubing must be strong enough to counter the 'folding moment' and provide enough torsional stability to minimise lateral twisting.  I've mixed Reynolds 853 and 631.  The eccentric bottom bracket enables seat tube offset to enhance stability and give even more 'foot room'.  The green prototype design shows that the artistic 'pierced' tube isn't necessary but it looks intriguing.  The head badge is my own design and represents a beautiful mountain - Beaumont (my middle name). 

B&M front light powered by a SP dynohub features a capacitor that keeps the light shining even when stationary.

B&M front light powered by a SP dynohub features a capacitor that keeps the light shining even when stationary.

Hub gears are concealed from the elements. Chain glider keeps clothes clean. Disc brakes can extend wheel life and offer great braking whatever the weather!

Hub gears are concealed from the elements. Chain glider keeps clothes clean. Disc brakes can extend wheel life and offer great braking whatever the weather!

What I offer...

My workshop is based in an area of outstanding natural beauty - South Shropshire.  I have worked with people who ride bicycles all my life and experience has shown me that all decisions regarding 'fit' and 'kit' come from understanding the person, the activity and the bicycle....it's not just about the bike.  I always discuss your options and explain my reasoning. 

Choose from:

a handbuilt made-to-measure bicycle frame from £1399 (Reynolds 631)

 

Bike fitting From £75 - a worthwhile hour Spent one to one establishing most appropriate adjustments to optimise your ride experience. 

Wheel building - labour £100 for a pair. A widely agreed way to Augment your ride - then ponder on a new frame!

 

Servicing from £45 (Ask me about my Toolbox scheme)

 

Teaching bike maintenance - £200 for a 9.30am-4.30pm hands-on teaching session (one to one or a group up to 6)

 


I have the hard-earned skills to fit, design, build, repair and teach...



The Beaumont Audax

 

"42/28 chainset by Middleburn - they call it a double incy - I call it jewellery".

Louise with her new Beaumont Audax   
"Lou needed a handlebar with a shallower drop and a shorter reach plus lower gearing for our Shropshire terrain.  Using 725 and the Columbus Hiver fork, I have built a classically lugged fast tourer as well as pair of super strong wheels using DT rims and spokes."  

"The Tubus luggage rack and Portland Design Works mudguards complement the look perfectly."

" I wanted Lou to feel really comfy but still sense the excitement from her triathlon days."

Tess's Beaumont 853

A new build on the horizon for a lifelong rider who knows exactly what she wants to ride.

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H Plus Son Archetype rims with 140 discs

Keep your wheels light and precisely tensioned and you will notice the difference. Choose a folding tyre for extra performance.


Bernie's 'Poetry in Motion' Beaumont Rohloff 

Bernie's 'Poetry in Motion'. Poem written by Bernie Cullen to honour all the years she has devoted and still devotes to getting people cycling. Photos by Ben Broomfield.

And so the poem continues...

Woodguards made in Cherry by the talented Simon at woodguards.co.uk in Scotland. Beautiful stainless fittings and ivory coloured underside.


Brian's 853 Pro for easy rides when the weather's dry

Bespoked 2016.

Marianne's 'Urban and Beyond' Beaumont 631 

Sram NX 1x11 with 32 tooth front chainring and 11-42 cassette at the rear. All the gears most commonly used. Lightweight and straightforward. 

The Abus ‘Bordo Centium’ urban lock with its 24/7 key on duty in Hamburg.

Anne's 853 Shropshire Special

Photo taken just before Anne arrived with her pedals to collect her new stead.  A few technical points: Anne has some arthritis in her hands so there is some Fizik gel under her Fizik bar tape.  Nice short and shallow bar from Veloduo and excellent value chainset from Spa Cycles of Harrogate (165mm 42/26).  Flinger mudguard with 4mm stays so no shimmy on descents as the hills round here are very enjoyable. Brake levers set up for light action and super reliable stopping power from Avid 140mm rear and 160mm front. Bird cage and bell from Portland Design Works, Oregon. And thank you Jonny Keeley for focusing in with the latest lens and your ever creative eye.

Anne is just over 5 foot and has spent the last 40 years making do with what's out there 'off the peg'.  She now has a bicycle made to measure and I am delighted to say she could feel the difference immediately.  What a fantastic moment and thank you to Anne's husband Glynn for his passionate belief that Anne would love it.  


Karen's 853 Winter Tourer

Karen rides with Team Glow, a network of women cyclists based in and around Greater Manchester.  I visited their website and instantly felt welcomed.  The group encourages women to get the most from their cycling through mutual support and a 'hey, let's do it' attitude.  Have a look at their Meetup page for upcoming events.  I'm thrilled Karen will be out riding her Beaumont in style and having fun with such great company. 

Reynolds 853 tubing for lightness, strength and resilience. 160mm/140mm TRP Spyre mechanical discs and a pair of my handbuilt wheels using DT's asymmetric rear rim for extra strength under load.

Look closely and you'll see a small device above the rear mech made by JTek.  This enables Karen to use her 11 speed Ultegra road levers together with a Deore XT 11 speed rear mech.  The benefit?  Comfortable handlebar position for longer rides and gears for any occasion. 

Bike well and truly tested today - rain, wind and deep water on flooded roads! Love the ride. Very smooth, gear changes easy, brakes good.....Thank you again. She has been admired by all.
Karen.

The Tito d'Italia

Tito has Parkinson's and finds it difficult to walk BUT when astride a bicycle and he can just pedal off into the distance. Cycling overrides the stutter you see in someone with this condition. Riding a bicycle sets him free albeit temporarily but it is a delicious release nonetheless. 

Easy to get on and off, the 'Tito d'Italia' as my Italian born customer has named his bike (in Giro d'Italia pink) features the Jones bar for varied hand positions, 8 nice 'n' low gears, a luggage rack and front hub dynamo lighting system.

A step-through that rides like a diamond

Al's 853 Cross-Country Tourer

Alison is an avid mountain biker who also likes to tour off-road. She ordered a frame to take her old kit as it still has plenty of life left, BUT would I make it future proof for 650B wheels and disc brake conversion? Both sets of spigots are therefore removable and the mudguards have 12mm spacers ready for a slightly larger wheel one day.

Alison is an avid mountain biker who also likes to tour off-road. She ordered a frame to take her old kit as it still has plenty of life left, BUT would I make it future proof for 650B wheels and disc brake conversion? Both sets of spigots are therefore removable and the mudguards have 12mm spacers ready for a slightly larger wheel one day.

Thank you Jonny Keeley for some very nice detailed shots.  Click through and you'll come to a photo of Alison's previous black frame.  I'm delighted to say she's thrilled with her new frameset and the way it handles.


Julie's Gates Belt-Drive Alfine 11

I love Julie's choice of colour as much as her choice of the Gate's Belt-Drive - it's so smooth and so quiet - and no need to ever worry about oil on your trousers ever again.

I love Julie's choice of colour as much as her choice of the Gate's Belt-Drive - it's so smooth and so quiet - and no need to ever worry about oil on your trousers ever again.

“I designed this bike to give Julie a wide range of gears, powerful braking and a lovely light and easy riding position that suits her body.”

I handbuilt the wheels with Sapim Strong rear and Sapim race at the front - black brass nipples if you're interested. Tubus racks front and rear are just sublime. The best undoubtably and so light - money well spent. Mudguards are chosen to blend with the H Plus Son Architype rims. Yes, you've guessed it - Gilles Berthoud 50mm. 

Disc brakes work really well with a step-through design. The rear cable runs under the down tube so neatly along with the gear cable. This bike rides like a super-nimble roadster.

Disc brakes work really well with a step-through design. The rear cable runs under the down tube so neatly along with the gear cable. This bike rides like a super-nimble roadster.


Pete's future-proof step-through

Pete had an off-the-peg audax bike for years that was always too short in the reach.  Finding it increasingly more difficult to mount, he asked me to build him a step-through. You can see the 'cross-strutt' is a bit higher - that gives the build more stability (as the reach is longer) as well as a more european look.  Virtually all his original parts were transferred across and the frame is ready for disc brakes and an electric front wheel as soon as Pete wants. 

Rosalind's e-Beaumont

Reynolds 853/631 mix with disc specific fork blades. Front dropouts filed out to 10mm to accept 250W front wheel with cabling concealed in matching pink cable covers. Photo:  Vic Butt .

Reynolds 853/631 mix with disc specific fork blades. Front dropouts filed out to 10mm to accept 250W front wheel with cabling concealed in matching pink cable covers. Photo: Vic Butt.

Ros rides with husband Rob with grit and determination.  She is usually on a Brompton and he on one of his fleet of vintage or bespoke builds. Both make kind and generous efforts to meet each other's needs hence the name Ros has chosen for her bike "are we nearly there yet?" Now, with some extra power combined with a custom build, Ros has never been more comfortable and able to keep pace with her riding partner.  The gearing is 1 x 8 with a 42 front ring and 11-32 cassette.  With extra power, the gearing can be higher and the nuances of gearing cadence is not quite as crucial in optimising performance.  This brings down the cost of fitting a new chain as required and keeps the handlebar less cluttered. The frame is drilled to take the 2 cable covers neatly concealing the cables. The rear rack was issued with the system and sprayed by Argos Racing Cycles in Bristol. Beautiful paint job and done exactly as Ros wished.  Marathon Plus tyres give Ros peace of mind and she is now busy looking for suitable panniers.  Note the kickstand attaches to a sliding dropout should she want to move to a hub geared system.  

Just had a first taster ride, fits like a glove and very responsive - love it! Thank you.

Lydia's City Step-through

Lydia has long legs and likes to put as little strain on her neck as possible. She also wants to continue cycling for as long and as comfortably as possible. Her Beaumont features an automatic B&M lighting system that responds to the time of day. The bottle cage is very accessible and not attached to the frame because the rider needs the step-through area to be fully clear to get on and off. Disc brakes (mechanical), swept back bars and ergo grips give her a very comfortable hand, arm and shoulder position. Gearing is 2x10. Outer ring 40 and inner 28. Cassette 11-36. I'm all in favour of 1x11 systems, but at 72 Lydia has a style of pedalling that suits her and I have just made it even easier.

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Peter’s 853 Urban and Beyond

2 x 10 Sram X5 - TRP Spyre disc brakes with Sapim Strong spokes, Tubus racks and Cherry Woodguards. (Temporary saddle)

2 x 10 Sram X5 - TRP Spyre disc brakes with Sapim Strong spokes, Tubus racks and Cherry Woodguards. (Temporary saddle)

A 60th birthday present for a tall man who has never had a bicycle that fits him properly. All set for a daily commute to work as well as weekend riding further a field with luggage. Handbuilt wheels with double eyeletted rims, Sapim Strong spokes and good ol’ Schwalbe Marathons. Busch and Mueller’s new IQ-XS front light is powered by an SP dynohub - had to save a little money so as to afford the luxurious Scottish Woodguards made in Cherry with a black laminate underside. GC-1 Ergon grips in Biokork work perfectly with a swept back bar and a swept back bar means the shoulders and arms are more relaxed which they need to be combined with a B67 saddle. Pinhead wheel security and a Hebie 618 kickstand adds extra practicality and peace of mind.

It rides like an ebike!

That is to say, it feels effortless so I’ll take that as a compliment.


Gordon’s 853 Beaumont Audax

Yes folks, those Brooks C17 saddle red rivets are imports! All the way from America but that’s the joy of ordering a bespoke bicycle. And yes, we did discuss gearing options at length and this bike needs to feel super familiar so we stayed with ultra lightweight Simplex downtube shifters and a 3 x 8 set up. As it’s non-indexed, the mechs just have to function well and cope with thousands of miles - the chosen Microshift mechs are exceedingly well constructed. You can see why they’ve been popular with cyclocross riders. His wheels are handbuilt 36h 3x with a polished silver SON 28 dynohub and double-eyeletted rims/puncture-resistant tyres. Gordon knows this rim/tyre combo isn’t the lightest but it’ll give him long service. That’s SONs own Edelux II front light - super bright and designed not to flicker at low speeds. Gordon is tall and his previous bike had a traditional horizontal top tube - designing his new frame really tidied up the ‘look’ with a longer headtube, a slightly sloping top tube and just a fist full of seat pillar showing.

I’m so pleased with how it rides, Liz.
It’s so smooth - you’ve got it just right
Collection day.

Collection day.


Neil’s 631 Beaumont 1x12

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Neil ordered a bespoke semi-step-through for a more upright position, no nonsense gearing and maximum enjoyment when he can get out for a ride.

The Jones handlebar gives him the option of leaning forward or sitting upright. I’ve therefore paired it with the slightly wider Brooks C19 carved all-weather saddle. The grips are very dense and lightweight also made by Jones, as is the waterproof bar bag. It’s important to have the Jones grips so the rider can easily move their hands anywhere along the grip’s length. The close-cell construction of the ‘foam’ has to be felt to be believed - it’s incredibly comfortable. The angle of the bar puts the rider’s wrists in a very natural position. Get this right and the elbows and shoulders will also feel relaxed. Nice little extras to add an accent of colour as follows: Translucent ruby brake cables, Halo allen key skewers and an Absolute Black RED top cap.

It’s extremely comfortable and I am looking to going further afield

Kate’s 631 Stellar Beaumont

Inspired by Carl Sagen’s comments on our planet, the text along the top tube reads “That’s here, that’s home, that’s us” and down the fork: “Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot”. The finish was done beautifully by  Argos  in Bristol including the Tubus luggage rack. When the sun shines on the frame and rack, you see every colour of the rainbow in this special ‘geometrics’ pearl metallic paint. This was a present from partner Andy, who chose the spec and built the wheels! We were all really pleased with the outcome.

Inspired by Carl Sagen’s comments on our planet, the text along the top tube reads “That’s here, that’s home, that’s us” and down the fork: “Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot”. The finish was done beautifully by Argos in Bristol including the Tubus luggage rack. When the sun shines on the frame and rack, you see every colour of the rainbow in this special ‘geometrics’ pearl metallic paint. This was a present from partner Andy, who chose the spec and built the wheels! We were all really pleased with the outcome.


Pam’s 631 Cambium Express

The grips to match the saddle were on their way from Italy - arriving just in time for www.bespoked.cc - the handbuilt bicycle show, Bristol, 2019.

The grips to match the saddle were on their way from Italy - arriving just in time for www.bespoked.cc - the handbuilt bicycle show, Bristol, 2019.

Pam wanted a bespoke bicycle in this ‘military’ green with white tyres. She didn’t want a traditional diamond frame or a ‘step-through’ either, so we agreed on a compromise that enabled me to use standard tube sizing. The 1 x 11 gearing is low enough to enjoy going uphill with gravity onside when descending. A bug bear of mine is remembering to pack lights and making sure they’re charged up - with an integrated dynamo system that even turns itself on when the sun sets, Pam will never be caught out plus she generates her own lighting power and more room for luggage.


Maggie’s 631 Beaumont Audax

Additional top tube panel with “Maggie’s Bike” on one side and “Tom Tom” on the other after her dad who inspired Maggie to ride.

Maggie is 5’ 0” and for years she’d been riding an Orbit America with 650c wheels (23-571) which was becoming increasingly uncomfortable. With ambitions to ride with Newport Breeze and the end to end, she took some good advice from her niece Ellie who was working at Broken Spoke in Oxford at the time and got in touch. With road conditions worsening, switching to a 650b with wider rims and clearance for mudguards was central to our design plan. An Audax set up was going to suit Maggie best. The crank arms are 160mm, the chainring is a 36t narrow-wide and the rear cassette 11-42. Other nice touches are the A530 pedals which means she can hop on the bike to commute in without having to change her shoes and the mudguards have sociable mudflaps for riding in a group. Under the bar ribbon is a gel underlay to give some cushioning and the tyres are Grand Bois ‘Cypress’ folders - which float on your palms like magic fish.


Susan’s 631 ‘Esprit de Jim’

A collection day photo paying tribute to the many miles Susan has ridden with her late husband Jim and the many miles she will go on to ride heralded by her new Beaumont.

A collection day photo paying tribute to the many miles Susan has ridden with her late husband Jim and the many miles she will go on to ride heralded by her new Beaumont.

This bicycle celebrates a legacy. When I designed this bicycle, I felt I was honouring a very special relationship. This is the bicycle Jim would be delighted Susan is now riding. Built for comfort over long or short distances, built to be practical with on board super bright Busch and Mueller lighting and a rear fitting propstand, brakes that require minimal maintenance but offer plenty of stopping power, 1 x 11 gears for hilly terrain, puncture resistant tyres and a luggage rack for panniers if required. Jim may no longer be with us but his spirit lives on. The colour is Bob Jackson’s BOLD green - spot on. For anyone who has worked into retirement with their hands, the thumb joint takes a pounding. Having a quality twist grip makes changing gear much lighter on the smaller hand muscles regardless of weather conditions. The water bottle cage is mounted up front out of the way when mounting and dismounting but fully accessible on the fly!


Ania’s Beaumont 853 Adventure

Ania plans to do long day rides unencumbered as well as bikepacking expeditions. This photo was taken before we decided to change the rear light to a mudguard fitting version so she could dispense with the luggage rack completely if necessary.

The DT Swiss R500 rims are tubeless ready and the tyres are the new Continental Grand Prix 5000 folders in 700x28. Her front hub is an SP PD-8 (32 hole) and because I can see Ania pushing her bike across streams, the rear hub is a Bitex, which is fully sealed, super strong and lovely and light (32 hole). Her wheels are handbuilt of course and I’ve fully enclosed her gear cable to keep the elements out. 1 x 11 Sram Apex gearing is ideally suited to expedition riding when you don’t know what’s round the next bend. Plus you save a lot of weight and mental energy not having to keep a prima donna front mech happy. The chainset is not SRAM but a reliable square taper cartridge bottom bracket unit coupled with 165mm Spa Cycles crank arms and Shimano EH-500 pedals. The handlebars are FSA 42cm Adventure bars - short and shallow with a flat top section - a perfect width and flare to accommodate her front roll pack. The Busch and Mueller IQ-X front light (100 lux) is mounted on a B&M fitting which Ania can have set high so it shines down over her front roll.

I felt like I was flying!!!

Not many people know about the Trekking Pro Cube mudguards - they are an aluminium extrusion with a cross section shaped like a waning moon - specifically designed for running a dynamo cable up from the bottom bracket and out near the rack (pre-drilled) or all the way for a mudguard fitting light. There are 3 points to mount bottles, one of which is a small half bottle for tools but this can be modified with a WolfTooth device to mount a larger bottle.


Will’s 853 Bristol Flyer

The ultimate bespoke build designed and built in collaboration with Chris Yeomans of  Smithy Frameworks .

The ultimate bespoke build designed and built in collaboration with Chris Yeomans of Smithy Frameworks.

For years, Will has been making do with bikes where he’s had to leap on and off and rock side to side on the saddle. With my OT knowledge, I could see what needed to be done and translate this into a bespoke frame design. The crank arm here is 140mm and the bottom bracket drop 80mm. I wanted Will to have the largest wheels possible (as in the logic of a 29er) and old school narrow 26” (28-559) worked perfectly. Due to Will’s arm length, the Genesis Digest bar works really well too. Even a short and shallow dropped bar would be too much of a stretch. The saddle is Fizik’s Transiro Mistica which is only 240mm long (UCI legal!) The nose of a traditional saddle gets in the way too much. Will can now start and stop without any risky manoeuvring. Additive make this clever bottle cage solution and to keep luggage both low and accessible, the Tubus Duo low-rider is ideal. We’ve used oversized tubes at key points and non-identical twin down tubes to minimise torsional stress. This has been an extremely rewarding build from start to finish.

The bike is INCREDIBLE! Responsive and so comfortable - I felt like I could cycle on and on and on! Thank you again to both of you for all your time and expertise - you have made me the perfect bike.

Dickie’s Di2 Alfine Porteur

No oil on your trousers, electronic gear changes at the tap of a button and 100 lux of self-generated light. Oh and room for a take-away on the way home.

No oil on your trousers, electronic gear changes at the tap of a button and 100 lux of self-generated light. Oh and room for a take-away on the way home.

When designing for a Gates belt drive, the chainstay length must be calculated to the millimetre. This means the belt can be tensioned precisely and there’s even an app to check it resonates at the right Hz! Dickie was keen for clean lines so all his Di2 cables and as many of his other cables are internally routed with face plates to maintain the tubing’s integrity. The Jones bar is wide but the riding position is just so much fun. You can tuck into a head wind or sit up and relax your back. This is a state of the art commuter with very little maintenance required. The battery for the Di2 is hidden up the seat pin. It stays put there as the system recharges via mini USB port at the display unit.

‘Belt-guard’ is bespoke and silver soldered to the frame. The finish is Bob Jackson Cycles’ Ferrari red with a clear lacquer containing gold sparkle.


Lesley’s Beaumont 853 ‘O’r diwedd’

O’r diwedd is Welsh for ‘finally’ - it’s only taken Lesley 30 years to get herself a bespoke bicycle. I am very honoured that she chose me to design and create this beautiful machine ready for the Horseshoe Pass and the odd century ride.

This is a bike designed for long service. Lesley now has a climb-ready lowest gear of 23.5” and 98” highest. What’s important here is reducing the faff factor. Most of the time you want to be on one ring and only when the climb begins do you want to shift down to the inner ring. In the days of the triple, riders spent most of the time on the middle ring 30-40-50 or 28-38-48 being popular options. Now we have the compact 50-34 and the sub-compact 48-32 but essentially these chainsets are designed for stronger riders wanting a gear range for new terrains like gravel! I start with the rider, the bike and the environment and work from these coordinates. Lesley is 5’2” and needs a 165mm crank so what does the industry offer? Factor in a low Q factor for direct transfer of power and the choice is limited but at least there is a choice - TA Carmina or Spa Cycles. Let’s look at the wheels - Lesley was frustrated by having to continually think about whether she’d need lights and if so were they charged and what if they ran out of charge…a dynohub sorts this very easily but it adds a little weight - plus you want it to last and offer the least resistance. SON stands out a mile here. Paired with Busch & Mueller value for money lights and Cube mudguards for their internal cable routing, Lesley’s green credentials soar into credit as she generates her own electricity. Hunt’s Superdura wheels mean that Lesley can offset the slight extra dynohub weight against the lighter asymmetric rims, spokes, stronger build and tubeless technology. I could have saved weight with a carbon fork but at the end of the day, not having to worry about the life expectancy of your carbon fork frees up your brain for more exciting thoughts! Thanks to Argos Racing Cycles (72 Merckx Blue metallic), Dunk Burns (photography) and Coco the Cockerpoo for their contributions.


Catherine’s 631 Beaumont ‘Orchid’

Augmented with a custom Cytronex C1 and unique Tubus rack adaption. Tidy cables and ready to hit the hills.

When you want to ride where the views are breathtaking, chances are you’ll need to gain height. Catherine knew she wanted to step-through and she also knew she wanted to keep cycling day after day in hilly places. The comfort and longevity of a custom handbuilt steel step-through combined with one of the lightest UK electric upgrade kits has given her the dream ticket. This is the first Beaumont Cytronex combination build and the first time a Cytronex bottle has been mounted at the rear so stepping-through is still possible. We’ve had a few ideas about concealing the bottle/battery - yarn-bombing is still my favourite, someone suggested streamers and a Nitrous Oxide sticker but I think Catherine will cut holes in a rack trunk pack and stash a few snacks alongside her secret advantage. Wheels (DT Swiss R460 Disc rims) are tubeless ready but at the moment they’re tubed as that feels familiar and being au fait with your bike’s workings is key to feeling truly independent when out and about. The rear hub is a QR Bitex disc sealed cartridge with an extra-long Halo allen-key skewer to accommodate Hebie’s neat rear kickstand - so useful.

Transmission is Shimano SLX 1x11 with an XT GS rear mech for its longevity (sealed cartridge jockey wheels) and an Absolute Black Narrow-Wide 38T chainring (no unwanted unshipping of chain). Standard square taper bottom bracket - again for longevity - and the gearing doesn’t have be be super low when there’s a bit of power coming from the front hub motor. The Cytronex system allows you to personalise the three settings for assist via its C1 app. Braking is mechanical TRP SPYKE where both pads move towards the rotor (aka dual-sided actuation) and they have a natty mini umbrella over the pads to keep everyday ingress of grime to a minimum.

Just got back from hilly ride. WOW!

Thanks to Rebecca Walters for photography and Bob Jackson Cycles for the stunning purple finish (BS381C 796).


Joey’s Beaumont - Poughkeepsie Mae

Joey is a wheelbuilder and basically ordered the frame and fork only. These are all her photos and I’m delighted she is so pleased with how it rides.

Joey is a wheelbuilder and basically ordered the frame and fork only. These are all her photos and I’m delighted she is so pleased with how it rides.

Joey’s ambition is to ride the Second City Divide. She needed a strong and comfortable frame that could take bikepacking bags and for the dyno cables to be accessible (for servicing) but not vulnerable. Positioning a rear light can be tricky with a saddlepack but Joey’s got round this nicely as the Supernova rear light has a fitting that lets you mount it optimally anywhere on the seatpost or seattube. Take note, the SON dynohub has a very good pressure compensation system for ridding the system of any water ingress.

Poughkeepsie Mae - herself.


Karen’s Beaumont 853 Gold

Karen has to be the most patient of customers - we had to wait til it was officially ok to collect with the Cov19 restrictions - but finally she’s here and delighted and so am I.

Karen has to be the most patient of customers - we had to wait til it was officially ok to collect with the Cov19 restrictions - but finally she’s here and delighted and so am I.

Well, I was really impressed with how Karen’s bike felt riding these Genetics ‘Digest’ handlebars (440mm). It’s different but very comfortably different. I felt happy on either the tops, hoods or drops. That’s quite something when most people with dropped handlebars spend 90% of the time on the hoods or the tops. Consequently, the thought of all day on the bike feels good - bring it on!

Karen’s much happier with toe cup (aka mini clips). I had to hunt about a bit but ‘medium’ gets her positioned such that the balls of her feet are perfectly over the pedal spindles. The wheelbase is 1001mm and the rider’s compartment is such that Karen’s weight is nicely between her wheels but she’s not overreaching and can happily move between the different hand positions. Key to this is the saddle as everything starts from the pelvis and its interface with the saddle. Have to say the Brooks C17 ‘carved’ (which means it’s got an elongated oval cut-out) is a great saddle for women as it relieves the pressure point just where the crotch seam of your trousers would be. Ok, we have cycling shorts to keep this personal area free from that ‘seam’ pressure, but your soft tissues still need somewhere to extend into (to varying degrees) and the cut-out enables this.

Where did I source the C17 rivets? From the US of A but I only paid £15 to import them (and no chlorine!) Such a nice touch though. Yes, Hunt wheels and tubeless Gravelking 700x32 tyres containing Orange sealant. Fabulous finish from Argos Cycles (flam yellow 91 ). Altogether, a wonderful ride and I’m just waiting for some feedback from Karen…


Jonathan’s 853 Beaumont Adventure

Designed for the Shropshire hills with low gearing and a compliant wheel system - our roads here have really taken a hammering with the weather this last year.

With a carefully proportioned frame designed to suit Jonathan’s long leg/ short torso and some self-selected componentry that gelled together beautifully; this adventure bike has benefitted from a multitude of quality parts. This includes a pair of Hunt wheels fitted with 700 x 32 Cinturato Pirelli tyres (set up tubeless), Son dynamo powered lighting with cabling that runs through the Cube mudguards using an internal channel within the guard to keep things neat. Jonathan’s knees will benefit from running an oval chainring and the Shimano GRX hydraulic levers have been paired with Hope RX4 caliper, which means low maintenance, high power and less effort at the lever end for light control on the hills around Shropshire. 

Jonathan said this after his first ride: ‘…the bike handles really well and is very stable. This makes it a very relaxing ride. I guess down to the trail? I really like the handling when compared to the road bike. Cycle downhill was very controlled and assured due to the good handling…’


The Flying Gate Story

This iconic British frame design dates back to the 1930s.  Due to changing markets and the increase in mass bicycle manufacturing post WW2, the handbuilt bicycle took a back seat as thousands of people bought off-the-peg bicycles.  In the late 1970s, Trevor Jarvis of T.J. Cycles acquired the exclusive patent for this design from its original owners and successfully relaunched the 'Flying Gate'.  He has built nye on 600 frames to date and created a following of dedicated riders across the world.  Read more...

I built this frame using Reynolds 853 and the customer supplied the groupset.  After its first 40 miles, the customer reported back that he's absolutely delighted saying 'it fits like a glove'. 

I first encountered this remarkable frame design when I was 20, walking past my local cake shop in Leeds.  There against the window was a Flying Gate. I went in and asked the most likely looking cyclist to tell me all about it. With great enthusiasm the young man forsook his place in the queue and regaled me with the marque’s history and the frame building brilliance of Trevor Jarvis.  Years passed and this chance meeting became a great friendship. Last year, I finally met Trevor Jarvis.  Having owned a 'Flying Gate' and demonstrating my passionate depth of knowledge on this classic short wheelbase design, I was delighted that Trevor asked me to start building for him alongside my own framebuilding business.   

 

 

If you own a Flying Gate, you will make friends wherever you ride.

My own Flying Gate

Photo opportunity on the Flying Gate Weekend at Much Wenlock.

Photo opportunity on the Flying Gate Weekend at Much Wenlock.

My own Flying Gate, built in 2015. Finish by Argos Cycles, Bristol. Photographs by Jonny Keeley.


Flying Gate 'Dovedale Deluxe'

Handbuilt in Reynolds 631 - Dovedale Deluxe featuring concealed brake and gear cable routing. Flam ruby with pearl white panels and gold luglining. Photos Jonny Keeley.

 

Michael's Classic Triathlon 853

I am extremely proud to announce that Michael has clocked up some personal bests at various high level Triathlon events over in Finland. Congratulations and long may it continue. 


William's 853 Flying Gate 'Diana'

Photo by  Ben Broomfield  who took studio photos for  Bespoked 2017 .

Photo by Ben Broomfield who took studio photos for Bespoked 2017.

Look at the front mech clip - this is our own design (offset 17 degrees) to give you the perfect mounting position. Velo Orange mudguards, mudflap and bar tape.  William has lost a little flexibility in his lower back but the bar stem and fairly short and shallow handlebar suit his long distance riding style. The wheels built up beautifully with Sapim CXray spokes on SunXCD large flange hubs. 32h front and 36h rear.  42/28 chainset with classic reliable square taper bottom bracket.  That's my saddlebag by the way - notice duster hidden inside with the Mr Sheen (other polishes are available).

This is a resilient 853 Flying Gate built to withstand a life of long distance riding starting with the London-Edinburgh-London.

Bob's Flying Gate 'Diana'

Bob will be building up this frame specifically for Audax riding.  Paintwork by Bob Jackson Cycles - expertly done - their steady-hand luglining really complements the frame's detail.

Reynolds 631 with Fleur de Lys lugs - Rame metallic with pearl white head panel and gold luglining. Photo  Vic Butt .

Reynolds 631 with Fleur de Lys lugs - Rame metallic with pearl white head panel and gold luglining. Photo Vic Butt.


Chris’s own Dovedale 725 fixed.

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Chris Yeomans is a framebuilder in his own right and as a friend and neighbour, we have collaborated on some recent framebuilding projects. After 30 years working as an artist blacksmith, Chris trained in framebuilding at the Bicycle Academy and hit the ground running. This is such as natural progression and doors are just opening for him, which is great. He stormed off with the Bespoked Singletrack award in 2019 for his superb enduro race design and build. This is Chris’s own Flying Gate. He built this with Trevor for total immersion and we are all very impressed with the outcome.

It certainly flies up the hills!

I have put Chris in charge of building the Flying Gates and I think you will agree this was no bad thing when you see Richard’s 725 Dovedale - augmented with Trevor’s fouled anchor but silver soldered into position by Chris. So now, I measure, design and spec the builds with Chris on construction. I spec the finish as well and do the final build work if the customer requires this, once the frame is returned.

Richard’s Dovedale 725

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This is Richard’s touring Dovedale with a slightly longer wheelbase but still super short by conventional standards. You may notice our new ‘slug-eye’ pannier mounts, which set the rack back for added heel clearance. Finish by Bob Jacksons in Leeds - Richard has since built the frame up and he’s delighted on all fronts with the outcome.


Diana’s Dovedale 631

This is a small Flying Gate with 700c Hunt wheels (tubeless) and a 160mm Spa Cycles chainset running a 2x11 105 set up. The delightful result of a lot of searching to find all silver componentry! Finish by Don, Wayne and Gary at  Bob Jackson Cycles .

This is a small Flying Gate with 700c Hunt wheels (tubeless) and a 160mm Spa Cycles chainset running a 2x11 105 set up. The delightful result of a lot of searching to find all silver componentry! Finish by Don, Wayne and Gary at Bob Jackson Cycles.

What a beautiful Flying Gate. The Flinger mudguards feature 4mm stays so the Carradice Barley saddlebag is unlikely to put undue pressure on the rear guard. Diana will keep her tool kit in the lower bottle cage. Shimano’s 650 brakes are perfect for this set up. The levers are adjusted for smaller hands and the sealant of choice is Orange Seal for its longevity. HUNT wheels are so light and strong, I know they will be a real pleasure to ride.

Lisa and Gordon’s Historic Story

Coming soon.


 

CONTACT

Me and Sam Price-Hunt (who’s sitting in for me until the end of June 2021)

Me and Sam Price-Hunt (who’s sitting in for me until the end of June 2021)

I live and work in South Shropshire.  I've cycled across Europe, studied at Leeds and Sheffield universities and worked for many years with thriving bicycle emporiums in Manchester, Berlin, Hamburg and Ludlow.  

I've also worked as an Occupational Therapist, which has given me additional insight into the ergonomics of bike-fitting.  I've been building wheels for over 25 years and I'm delighted to be designing and building made-to-measure steel bicycle frames for my valued customers.

Any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you.  

Liz Colebrook.