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This feature offers the opportunity to learn more about exhibitors’ individual style and inspirations,

Every week we will ask a couple of different framebuilders the same five questions and along with photos of them, their workshops and the bikes they make display them on these pages.

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Ashley Malcolm

1. What defines your style as a frame builder?

My style as a framebuilder is defined by heritage in my cycling career representing Australia on the track and road and 25+ years in the bicycle industry. I build each bike individually for the owner with function being the most important element. The bike has to be comfortable, fast,responsive and handle like a dream. I then think about how to make it as beautiful as I can working with the guidelines discussed with the owner to be.

 

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2. Who, or what has inspired you?

I grew up in an era where steel was the only material used to make bicycles as it had been for 100 years before. It is only in the last twenty to thirty years that other materials such as aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium have been used and already we are coming back to steel as the material of choice for the serious non racing cyclist.

 

My inspiration came from having custom racing frames made for me by Geoff Scott, childhood heroes Sarroni and Zoetemelk who rode Colnagos and Argentin on a Bianchi.

 

I spent two years in my twenties as head mechanic of Condor Cycles; privileged to still build custom bicycles from the era and work on those made in the fifties and sixties… this really was an era when handmade custom bicycles were at their most beautiful – that is until now. Though I have done a lot of my own research, being Australian has afforded me the opportunity to tap into the experience, insight and products from one of the world’s best current frame builders, Darrell McCulloch (Llewellyn Custom Bikes).

 

In addition, I was fortunate enough to have known master frame builder Ron Cooper for over twenty years. I first rode one of his frames in 1991 and went on to have the advantage of spending time in his workshop learning the art of frame building and skills necessary for this craft.

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How has Bespoked 2014 inspired you?

Bespoked gave me a chance to be in a great venue with so many other great talented peers. The other work there was brilliant and the feedback we had for our Ron Cooper Tribute Bike from peers and the general public alike has really spurred me on to keep creating one of a kind bespoke bicycles.

 

Since the show we have taken the Ron Cooper Tribute Bike to a couple of London’s top boutique bicycle shops. We only got to two as Kinoko were so impressed with the bike they have taken it off our hands to display in the shop and hopefully sell.

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RC Tribute - Photo Ben Broomfield

4. Where is your favourite place to ride?

My favourite place to ride is in Central London early in the morning when it is still dark, especially the lead up to Christmas with all the lights out. Can’t beat the dazzle of Christmas at night! You have the roads to yourself and a sense of peace with just the street lights to guide your way.

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5.If you weren’t a framebuilder what would you be?

If I wasn’t a frame builder I would be lost. I have spent most of my life in the bicycle industry and world and it really is in my blood. Starting frame building really gave me a new passion for bicycles and I can’t imagine doing anything else now. If I really have to think of something, I would say property development. There is nothing I love more than making things how I want them given a blank canvas and a set of parameters that need pushing.

Framebuilders of the week
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Malcolm Custom Bicycles

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Previous framebuilders of the week

Advanced Velo Design - Karl Sparenberg

Ahearne Cycles - Joseph Ahearne

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Craddock - Richard Craddock

Donhou Bicycles - Tom Donhou

Festka

Grim Bicycles -Rollo Lunn

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Maker - Ashley Malcolm

Designer - Ashley Malcolm

Malcolm Custom Bicycles

Where - London

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I am a custom frame and bicycle builder launching our products for the first time. We will be displaying custom made bicycles, frames and wheels.

Web - http://www.malcolmcustombicycles.com

Email - info@malcolmcustombicycles.com

Phone - (020) 70645222

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Previous framebuilders of the week

Mawis - Mathias Scherer

Malcolm Custom

Satoma Cycles

Shand Cycles - Steven Shand

Strawberry Bicycles- Andy Newlands

Sven Cycles - Darron Coppin

Sword Cycles - Tim Leicester

Wittson Custom
 

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