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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?

I have degrees in both Aeronautical Engineering and Sports Biomechanics, years of experience 'spannering' in shops as well as bike industry sales and cutting edge R&D.· I have raced at international level with reasonable success.· Along the way I have amassed a broad range and depth of expertise that gives me a pretty unique perspective from which to match 'man to machine'.· Framebuilding just made sense as an outlet for this knowledge which really comes into its own with one-off manufacture.

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2. What defines your style as a framebuilder?

The most important thing to me is that my bikes are truly fit for purpose, any decision I make is guided first and foremost by engineering principles.· Aesthetics play an important role but I prefer subtle details, I am definitely in the 'function leads form' camp.· I work mostly with steel and carbon fibre composites using these materials where appropriate to get the most out of every design brief.· I like to do things myself so, for example, all of the composite parts are laid up in house, by me. I also do all of my own paint work to ensure that the bikes look the part too; I apply the same meticulous approach to get the world class finish that they deserve.·

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3. Who or what has inspired you?

My motivation comes from my customers. It is critical to me that someone buying a custom bike gets every advantage that the mainstream manufacturers cannot offer (there are too many to list!). I do, of course, admire a lot of the great work that is being done in the framebuilding world and beyond but for me the real inspiration is seeing the smile on the customers face at the end of the process, hopefully having taught them a few things along the way!

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

I'm going to be bringing bikes that reflect the versatility of what I can do, as well as some of the very specific niche builds.· Expect to see carbon, steel or a combination both all immaculately painted!

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5. Where is your favourite place to ride?

I am lucky enough to live and work in the Brecon Beacons national park.· I don't have to go anywhere to get some of the best riding in the UK both on or off road, I have raced all over the world but to be honest nothing quite beats my home patch..

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

A very good question! It would have to be something with a hands on element, probably outdoors as I have never enjoyed desk jobs. Maybe I would still be competing. One thing is for sure though; I would probably be riding my bike a bit more!

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Framebuilders of the week
getting to know the people that make the bikes

 

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
 

 

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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Maker - `Tom Sturdy

Designer - Tom Sturdy

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Where - Powys

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Tom Sturdy has a background in Aeronautical Engineering and Sports Biomechanics as well as a varied career in the bicycle industry. He has  raced at elite international level in triathlon.  He uses this unique breadth of knowledge of both man and machine to produce bespoke bicycles that are truly fit for purpose.

Tom builds using a combination of steel and carbon fibre composite. All aspects of design and production are handled in house, by Tom; from initial geometry design to composite tube construction and final assembly.  He also does all of the paintwork for his bikes, to ensure the finish meets his exacting standards.

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Sturdy Cycles, Glanusk Estate, Crickhowel, Powys, NP8 1LP

Web - http://www.sturdycycles.co.uk

Email -tom@sturdycycles.co.uk

Phone - 07906435943

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