/ custom built road frames
My wife has had two bikes resprayed with them and they're very good. New site though, very slow for me. Also I bet the owner of the first bike in the road gallary is wondering about another respray?
The other option would be to try a women's frame.
This is based solely on Aiguille Alpine's observation when I bought my rucksack from them that their long back rucksacks are most commonly supplied to women. Its relevance of course may therefore be negligible!
It's a bit of a way away from you but if you are in Derby you could try Mercian. http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/frames
I was in there picking up a few bits and they were fitting up a bloke on the jig, it all looked very detailed and professional.
Argos, as someone mentioned above, is probably easier for you to get to but I've heard of them being quite disorganised but at the same time producing very good results.
If they're out of your price range a bike fitting is probably what you're after. I think they're normally around £100-£200, and as mentioned above Hewitt have a good reputation for this, but it's probably worth looking around for others too. A bike fitting will involve optimising your current bike, or a new bike for you and should solve any issues.
Whatever you end up doing, buy a Parlee.
It cost me £375 at the time but he said he'd be putting the prices up soon. I doubt it'll be much more now though. He also builds carbon frames if you're into all the blingy shit. Bob Jackson in Leeds is a good shout too but bigger and more expensive.
On another note Johnj of this parish is just getting into frame building, might be worth sending him an email.
"It cost me £375"
for that price I'll take 2, are we possibly missing a 0 off the end?
Which rule is it. Number of bikes = n+1 where n = number of bikes you own.
Brian Rourke. He makes great steel frames. You can have anything from a £400 631 winter frame, to a £1000 + 953 lightweight stainless frame.
Brian is a top bloke and will do the fitting.
The downside is the waiting list; which was 5 months when I ordered one 18months ago. Could be worth checking the current position.
The frames are cheap because steel is cheap, although heavier than the exotic metals and plastics (only any use for racing imo) it's still a really good material to build bike frames with.
Try Viner, dealers will measure you up etc. Really good frames as well.
My mate used Mercian as a British brand with history. He found the customer service poor, there were errors with the braze-ons and a piece of solder rattling around inside the frame. It also took 5months to deliver this disappointing frame.
But that was bought in the mid 80s so quality may well have changed
> Which rule is it. Number of bikes = n+1 where n = number of bikes you own.
try condor cycles
> "reasonable for a custom frame."
> That's a bargain.
Indeed - a genesis equilibrium (725 I think?) frame only will set you back £330, and i guess thats made in Tawian. so a custon frame for that price is excellent.
> Try Viner, dealers will measure you up etc. Really good frames as well.
I think that Viner have either shut up shop, or stopped supplying UK dealers?
How about Enigma http://www.enigmabikes.com/ I think their custom frames start around a grand, but look very nice.
A frame from this man got amazing reviews a few years ago in Cycling Plus.
I've no experience of Nigel from Wilson Cycles' frames, but he's always been very honest with me about what's best to buy from him, and what's not, and you can sense he'll only do something 'properly'.
He takes a lot of pride in his shop and the frames he makes.
He's perhaps a bit odd, but he'll make you a deacent frame by all accounts, in what i've gathered by word of mouth.
Would a Legend be within your budget?
Very nice made to measure frames in titanium, carbon, steel or aluminium:
I got a titanium Burls last year. Very happy with it, Ti for the price of steel
Try Terry Dolan, Liverpool, speak to Ribble cycles, try Dave Roberts,
Check out the CTC magazine adverts, there are a lot of frame builders out there!
Quirky, but nothing to do with how he deals with customers.
Paul Hewitt too nrar Preston
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