... A BICYCLE BUILT FOR MISADVENTURE.
What the hell is it? Well it’s an idea that’s been brewing for a few years now, a bicycle that doesn’t really know what it is... it’s not one of those do-it-all bicycles that will do everything perfectly because, honestly, that bike doesn’t exist. That’s why we like it...
It’s a bike we want to see used inapropriately, a bicycle used for misadventure. Take it to the local time trial (and try really hard) take it to the skatepark, go for a long ride and load the bag with all the tasty snacks, strap your life to it and take it around the world, or just use it to head in town and pick up the shopping. Whatever you want, it just needs using...
So this is our first go at a production bicycle, a weird sort of useful utility bicycle made with a lot of fun in mind. this is us scratching our own itch, the bike we would like to put our leg over most often. it’s loosely based around the geometry of early 90’s mountain bikes, fast and fun, but you really had to ride it. perhaps if you get it, then you get it.
We're making these in small batches. It's pretty simple... There's three checkpoints along the way, we'll call it Order, build and Ride. We open the order window, and you pay the deposit, when the window closes, we start building. Checkpoint 2 and we're getting all of the parts together and checkpoint three and we're sending the batch to paint and building and packing them up. To make it easier on your side, we split the payment in to three equal parts, so you pay a smaller chunk at each stage.
The idea wasn't to hold back on the special little details, that's such an important thing for us... the closer you look the more you see, in fact we've added quite a few more. Everything is done in the workshop, by Timmy and Thomas. It's usually done the slow way, but we love the details... here's some of what goes in to making an EDC...
Custom brass bar ends
We have a 4mm brass plate expertly engraved with the RF monogram, a brass plug is then turned on the old 1920's southbound lathe before we sweat them together with silver. It's then back on to the lathe to turn the RF plate to the right radius, and soften the edges. We then see how close to centre the RF was eyed in, we could measure it to be precise but it's more fun this way... they're usually a bit wonky, but we think that adds to the charm.
Sweet sweet chestnut crate -
From the local wood yard we get the finest bundles of sweet chestnut laths. These would traditionally be used to clad timber framed walls before a wattle and daub or lime plaster was applied. And it just so happens that they also work really well for making bicycle racks. Sweet chestnut is strong and light (yeah it's strong) (add picture link) They're cut to size with a Japanese hand saw lined up by eye on your rack and marked and numbered (look for the pencil marks) before being drilled on the Fobco. We then apply a secret formula (not secret... Beeswax and linseed oil warmed in the microwave) and get messy to make sure they last the elements. They're then bundled up and labelled with your name, ready for when the rack comes back from paint. It's then on to the little anvil, where each slat is hand hammered to the rack with copper rivets, which are then peened to remove and sharp edges.
Waxed cotton and canvas stuff bag -
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GEOMETRY & SIZING
This is where we think this bike gets really interesting. We wanted a ride that was capable of taking on the rough stuff, but would stay nimble, flickable and fun. What the hell does that mean? Well the stack and reach are based loosely on what's a comfortable position on a road bike when you're on the hoods. the head angle is a little slacker, it's actually pretty close to an old early 90's Stumpjumper, if you remember those.
We're running these in Small, Medium and Large, to cover most bases. Have a look below to see which size will fit you best. We could also have our arm twisted to build you one up in a custom size, based on your dimensions or after a bike fit (both options at extra cost, please get in touch)
This part was kind of easy... it goes along with the ethos of the bike, if you could ride any bike, with any parts, what would you get... so these are the best parts we can think of, no compromises. A lot of what we use are from our friends in the US, we considered staying local, but the bike industry is part of one world, and these are the parts that given the choice, we go for. Paul Comp takes care of the cockpit and post with Love levers and thumbies, which are 11sp micro shift and a Tall and Handsome post. Stopping is provided by Paul Klampers, delicious. If you have ever wondered what the absolute best cables you can get, no expenses spared, then you would look no further than these Japanese beauties, the Yokozuna reaction. White Industries features heavily with the XM11 hubs, M30 1x chainset and their brand new headset. contact points are stood on the ultra slim and super grip Gamut Podiums. Brooks provide the seat and the bar tape, which is cushioned under the cotton tape and finished with our thin hemp twine. The bike rolls on a fast but cushy set of rubbers from Compass, the Wotnot pass.