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Jake Rusby - Rusby Cycles

 

 

 

 

Designer - Jake Rusby

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Maker - Jake Rusby

Where - South East London

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Rusby Cycles makes beautifully crafted steel and stainless steel custom frames. Owen Wheels builds fast, strong and lightweight wheels. The two work together in South East London to create dream bicycles and components.

 

 

 

 

South East London

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Email - rusbycycles@gmail.com

Phone - +44 7894352508

 

 

 

 

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Jake filing - Photo by Piers Cunliffe

1. Do you remember your first bike?

I have quite a bad memory but I think it was called a Pippin or something. I also think it was pink (but not in a Giro way).

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Stainless Disc Di2 Road Bike

2. How did you get into Framebuilding?

I have always been into making things. I studied a degree in sculpture, worked in a bike shop and cycled a lot. It took me a while to realise that people actually still made bike frames in this country and a little bit longer to realise that I could combine all these passions into one. I started tinkering in a workshop by myself before sharing spaces with first Oak Cycles and then Saffron Frameworks, who helped me a lot in those early stages.

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Perfect finishing

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

Every bike is different but these themes run through a lot of my bikes: Subtle detailing; a mix of the classic and contemporary; an end result that is something between understated and full bling

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Detailing - Asymmetric Bridge

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

I know a lot of people who make things for a living. It’s not an easy route and they all work very hard so it’s inspiring to be round these people. I’m keen to keep my style individual so I try not to look too much at other framebuilders for aesthetic inspiration.

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Reynolds 853 fast road bike

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

I am teaming up with Owen Wheels, who will show off his custom built wheels alongside my bikes. There will be a fast Reynolds 953 race bike and a long distance Columbus Xcr machine. The latter will be used on the 2017 transcontinental race but some people might call it a ‘gravel bike’. I might well bring a fixie too.

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As above front on

6. Where is your favourite place to ride?

I have a loop from my workshop in South London that takes me out into the Surrey hills and back. I have ridden in far more spectacular scenery but I can do this ride on a weekday evening and it takes me from the city into proper, beautiful countryside. I always feel amazing during and for a long time after it!

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Jake riding up the Galibier

and finally…

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

Still wondering what else to do but it’d be something creative.

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Smooth seat cluster fillet - there are no short cuts to getting it this level of finish

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Are these the hands that will make your dream bike? - Photo by Piers Cunliffe

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