Bespoked - The UK Handmade Bicycle Show - A Celebration of Handmade Bicycles & Those Who Make Them
FRAMEBUILDER OF THE WEEK
Getting to know the people who make the bikes
This week we meet Chris Yeomans of Smithy Frameworks. A former artist blacksmith, Chris welds together a life long passion for cycling with a deep knowledge of working with metal to produce stunning custom frames.
How long have you been framebuilding and how did you get into it?
Since 2017, but it all started back in 2005 with a frame building article in dirt bike magazine. At the time I just thought it would be a really cool thing to do and then carried on with life as normal, but it was a dormant seed. Fast forward 12 years and it started to grow. After 29 years working as an artist blacksmith I was contemplating a change of direction with my metalwork and the article on Ed Hayhornthwaite’s ‘straightforward, high-quality frames’ proved to be the perfect inspiration for the change. Welding together my knowledge of metal, my craft as a blacksmith, and my life-long passion for cycling seemed to make the perfect frame for a new creative venture.
How would you define your style of building?
Very much hands on. I have a lathe that I use for a few processes, other than that its all hand tools. In terms of style I like frames to have very clean lines where possible, everything should be perfectly balanced.
Who or what has inspired you?
Anyone who makes beautiful bikes. A bike should make you smile when you ride it but it can also be awesome to look at. I also get inspiration from the feedback I receive from customers. The joy works both ways.
How many frames have you built and which has been your favourite?
About 25, my favourite is usually the one I am making at the time.
If someone wants a custom bike from you, what’s the ordering process and how long is your waiting list?
Get in touch with me via my web site. We can talk through what you are after, and arrange a bike fit where appropriate. The hard part often seems to be the colour. At the moment your can expect to wait about 6 months for your frame.
Where is your favourite place to ride and why?
Wales, if you don’t know why you’ve not been here. It has everything.
What can we expect to see from you at Bespoked 2019?
My latest bike packing build, and custom racks.
And finally, if you weren’t a framebuilder, what would you be?
Probably still a blacksmith who is looking for a change.
Smithy Frameworks was born out of a life-long passion for cycling and 25 years of working as an artist blacksmith. Working from my studio in Knighton, frames are hand crafted using a selection of the best British and Italian tubing available, creating frames that are a joy to ride. I offer a bespoke fitting service, ensuring that each bike is perfectly tailored to the rider.
A unique bike for you, be it a road touring frame , race winning enduro, bikepacking or cargo bike.
Maker - Chris Yeomans
Designer -Chris Yeomans
Where - Knighton Powys