As I approach 40 this year I was thinking that I might treat myself to something special as it seems to be de rigueur
I've been mulling over what to do for some months now & it's been a long journey getting to this point
I was thinking of buying a nice high end off the peg frame, maybe a Curtis as I'd loved them ever since I set eyes on them
Then my search grew to include the much loved Cotic Soul, Sanderson Life, Pace RC104, the new Saracen Kili, the Orange R8....
Things were starting to get a little complicated with so much choice
I knew I wanted something British and with Reynolds tubing so that narrowed it down a bit.
Now I had a starting point!
Then I decided to go the whole hog, custom built
After seeing fillet brazed frames in the flesh I knew it had to be done on my bike
I love the clean simplicity of it & although my modern bike is quite cluttered in design (and the amount of cables & hoses it has, 6 in all) I do prefer the cleaner lines of my retro bikes
So custom built fillet brazed Reynolds 853. We have a starting point!
Then the search began for a frame builder
I spoke to a couple of frame builders before making my choice.
Luckily the most local frame builder to me (that I'm aware of) has a very good reputation for top quality work, he's also very down to earth and has a no bull approach. Just the kinda guy I wanted to build my frame.
So after an hour an a half discussing my frame & other bikes he's built in his long an illustrious career spanning over 30 years decisions were made!
So who is this man?
Yup, I'm getting a Dave Yates custom built fillet brazed Reynolds 853 frame. It's only just beginning to sink in now
I am seriously excited and I still have about 3-4 months before it's built!
I cannot wait to see & ride the finished frame, which will be built with lashings of UK made produce
I was hoping to have this bike for Mountain Mayhem, but it's going to be cutting it very fine to have the bike by then. These things take time and the wait will be worth it, of that I'm 100% sure.
Now who wants to buy a Titanium frame?