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This feature offers the opportunity to learn more about exhibitors’ individual style and inspirations, as well as giving an insight into their behind the scenes preparation for Bespoked 2015.

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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1. How did you get into framebuilding?

Two things. ·My love of the bicycle, it’s functions, engineering and beauty. ·

And two, my unquenchable yearning to build and craft with my hands.

I have always made things from a young age and studied engineering at university in the pursuit of creation. ·

I ended up following many a boyhood dream of becoming a video game designer, I travelled the world and worked on several AAA titles on various consoles. ·But I wasn’t able to devote enough time to personal hobby and craftwork so I left to do something physical and became a framebuilder, marrying two loves into one job.

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2. What defines your style as a framebuilder?

Being fairly new I am still developing my style. ·I work only with steel and a gas torch so I solder and braze my frames together. ·

I love working with Bi-laminates and playing with intersections and layers of steel. ·My work is a mixture of contemporary and traditional.

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3. Who or what has inspired you?

I get inspiration from a great many sources. ·I love industrial design and one of my greatest admirations in this field is Thomas Heatherwick. He has such a fresh approach to expectation, and plays a lot with our perception of space over time.

The current resurgence of framebuilding across the world is inspiring, there are many very creative people doing the most beautiful things now.

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4. What can people expect to see from you at Bespoked 2015?

The final lineup has yet to be decided but expect to see a couple of new bikes that further underlines my style and aesthetic.

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5. Where is your favourite place to ride?

 

Being in the flattest part of the universe, Cambridge, it’s pretty difficult being a mountain biker. ·My favourite off road places near me is Thetford and Chicksands. ·I also do a spot of road riding south of Cambridge where we have some great countryside to explore.

5. Where is your favourite place to ride?

 

Being in the flattest part of the universe, Cambridge, it’s pretty difficult being a mountain biker. ·My favourite off road places near me is Thetford and Chicksands. ·I also do a spot of road riding south of Cambridge where we have some great countryside to explore.

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

This is a really difficult question to answer. ·The easy thing would be to get back into software development and making games.

I love woodworking and imagine being a cabinet maker when I’m old and of retirement age. ·

A prop maker in the film and tv industry? ·A mountain guide/photographer? ·I’m not sure but something creative for sure.

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Previous framebuilders of the week

Advanced Velo Design - Karl Sparenberg

Ahearne Cycles - Joseph Ahearne

Craddock - Richard Craddock

Donhou Bicycles - Tom Donhou

Grim Bicycles -Rollo Lunn

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Designer - SaiTong Man

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Satoma Cycles is a one man show, myself SaiTong Man.  
I left a high profile job designing next generation computer games and decided to return to my academic roots of engineering, following my love for hand craft and design and my passion for cycling. I created Satoma Cycles.
I draw inspiration from the past and present bicycles, and get aesthetic form and ideas from modern design, traditions and classic order. I design and craft frames in close collaboration with the customer to create bicycles with detailing that echo their desires and needs.

Web - http://www.satomacycles.com

Email - sai@satomacycles.com

Phone - +44 (0) 7739 129165

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Mawis - Mathias Scherer

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Shand Cycles - Steven Shand

Strawberry Bicycles- Andy Newlands

Sven Cycles - Darron Coppin

Sword Cycles - Tim Leicester

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