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Llewellyn Custom Bicycles

Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

 

 

 

 

Llewellyn Custom Bicycles

Maker - Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

Where - Queensland Australia

Designer -Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch

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I build bespoke steel bicycles in Australia for local and export clients. You be will be speaking to just me, the designer and maker of your new frame. Only my hands will work on your frame’s metal work. It will only be me who assembles your complete bike, and carefully packs your new bike for shipping. My goal is to build you a Llewellyn bicycle that will give you many years of enjoyable riding. So with each passing year, your Llewellyn bicycle gives you greater value. Thus you will come to cherish your Llewellyn.

 

 

 

 

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Phone - - (exit code) + 61 7 3353 3368

 

 

 

 

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1. Do you remember your first bike?

I do remember, this big box arrived home with dad one afternoon, he took to the back shed, I kicked up an almighty fuss and he got it back and opened it up. I loved to clean it and oil it

Some decades later I am still oiling and cleaning bikes as an Aussie team mechanic!

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2. How did you get into Framebuilding?

I stepped from athletics to bike racing in 1979. I read a couple of articles in Bicycling 1978 about team mechanics working around the world in car parks and there was a story about some chaps making bicycle frames, Being the intense lad with a vision I thought that might be the path. Later in 1979 as 16 yo obnoxious youth I got a job at Hoffy Cycles Bike shop in Sandgate Brisbane. Eric Hendren the boss made frames there as well. He told me first you got to fix these heaps of junk, before making frames. I learnt how to service 3 speed SA hubs to some frame repairs …………….. It was by my own motivations that I bought lathes and mills and progressed my metal working knowledge and it was me that drove the desire to progress the metal work. I left after 6-7 years to progress further as I had the need to explore further. Meanwhile I was living a life of just work and training and racing every weekend, road and track. Very little social life or going to the movies, nah, there was not the time, up at 5.00 am, 2 hours riding before work. Eat breakfast at work, start at 8.00. Finish at 5.00. Ride home, took 45mins to get home. Took one day off a week to do the 220 km training rides in the hills with others. Eat, stretch, sleep at 8 - 9.00pm. Repeat for 15 years.

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3. How would you define your style as a framebuilder?

Blending the best of traditional frame construction and design with the best of contemporary design and materials is the direction of my work and art. A bicycle that gives you many years of enjoyable riding. So with each passing year, your Llewellyn bicycle gives you greater value. Thus you Cherish your Llewellyn. This is my desire and goal.

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4. Who or what has inspired you along the way?

No one in particular, I absorb from any direction and from anywhere. I like to think I am more a student of the world, rather than model myself after a single influence

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5. What can we expect to see from you at Bespoked 2016?

A new project, or rather a back to future with me as I did similar work 10-11 years ago. Lugless funky shaped tubes, I have been toiling away in the “Red Room” (my new separate machine shop) on the new tooling for this project. I like projects and I have done a neat new little casting for this frame set. Also I hope to bring one of my Voyageur Randonneur bikes with bespoke stainless steel racks and all the details.

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6. Where is your favourite place to ride?

When my body was allowing me (I now have neck disc problems) a Sunday morning lap of Mt Nebo to Mt Glorious and home on my own. 3 hours in the rainforest hills behind Brisbane. Early morning and I start the climb as the sun rise begins. The Bell Bird calls are just wonderful. My Manorina frame set is named after this Sunday morning ride past the Manorina National Park and the Bell Birds, Manorina melanophrys. I would be home by 8.30am. Smashed and happy and eat, have a nap, wake and then get on with the day.

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and finally…

7. If you weren’t building bikes for a living what would you be?

Not necessarily in this order

Another Terrence Cuneo (painter) or to have been able to be a Turner in one’s own era! WOW!

Bespoke watch maker

A career with Heritage steam locomotives. (The UK is the place to be for this)

Working in historic aviation. Airframes and engines. Like the Vintage Aviation Mob in New Zealand

Or somewhere that rebuilt and serviced Reginald Mitchells master piece the “Supermarine Spitfire”

(later on it was Joe Smith’s master piece)

But the reality is, the bicycle has been good to me, I loved my years racing, I got to travel and live in France, Italy and Germany. I have washed bikes in 23 countries. I got to be on the staff for two Olympic games national teams, work 7 world championships, make frames in my flavor. Meet lots of good people. I met Mary Ann through bikes and bike show, yeah, the bikes have been good to me.

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