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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.

1. How did you get into framebuilding?

I went to art school, twice. I really like bikes and riding them, also I think the world would be a better place if more people rode tall bikes so I saw an opportunity to improve the world for everyone. I’ve worked as a mechanic for almost ten years which has made it very apparent that bikes could be designed more appropriately for their owners. Art’s not a real job unless you work in an office.

2. What defines your style as a framebuilder?

When I was at art school, being weird was cool so everyone there became competitively weird. Now being super normal is cool so I’d describe my style as competitively normal.

3. Who or what has inspired you?

In no particular order these are the things that influence the majority of my ideas and activities:

Eggs

Fish

David lynch

Emir Kusurica

Werner Herzog

Mike Burrows?

Panamorenko

Marcel Broodthaers

Bas Jan Ader

Richard Wentworth

Tom

Jessica Charlston

My dad

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

Babes in bikinis who don’t really want to be there and don’t care about bikes, posing on my bikes with an unremarkable bubble machine under a table with a white table cloth adorned with Tesco value boiled sweets and some inkjet printed flyers. Like at a car show or a motorcycle show.

5. Where is your favourite place to ride?

I like doing laps of Richmond Park alone on my fixed wheel. Its like meditation I don’t think or see. I also like riding Swinley Forest on my mountain bike.

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

Unemployed? Perhaps I’d find a profession that’d allow me to accumulate financial wealth, facilitating time off to ride my bike. I could become a dentist? I’d have to go to dental school first.

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

 

Previous framebuilders of the week

Satoma Cycles

Shand Cycles - Steven Shand

Strawberry Bicycles- Andy Newlands

Sturdy Cycles

Sven Cycles - Darron Coppin

Sword Cycles - Tim Leicester

Sturdy Cycles

Takhion + Tsubasa

Winter Bicycles

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

Jaegher Airlight

Mawis - Mathias Scherer

Malcolm Custom

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Fire breath of Petor Georgallou - photo courtesy of Dear Susan

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Tall bike - photo courtesy of Dear Susan

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Maker - Petor Georgallou

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Where - Notting Hil, Londonl

Number Made PA - 12

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I trained as a sculptor, and worked as a bicycle mechanic and fabricator. I've been assembling bicycles and riding bicycles and working in some aria of cycling for all of my adult life and so frame building was unavoidable. I have recently opened a small machine shop in north west London, building unconventional frames for unconventional people. I like to build frames that don't already exist as much as possible. I recently built a tall audax bike, and i'm currently working on a fast road bike for a very large man, a fat tourer with integrated racks, a 29+ super tourer with a tiny 100cc engine, and a 2 speed butchers bike. It feels odd to say about myself but I suppose I'm quite eccentric and so I like to build eccentric bicycles for eccentric people. Details are important, but only to me and the bicycle’s owner, beyond that I want to build bicycles that work beautifully and make people smile, that anyone can look at with no prior bicycle knowledge or appreciation, and enjoy.

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

Email - info@dearsusan.co.uk

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