Gorgeous Hand-made Steel

Anonymous
Anonymous Posts: 79,667
edited February 2011 in Road buying advice
Just been googling for custom steel bikes built in the UK and happened upon this site -

http://www.feathercycles.com/

Anyone any experience?

The stuff looks exquisite

The Porsche/Gulf colours one is an absolute work of art! Nay, they all are!

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  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    What's not to like? :wink::wink::wink:
  • london-red
    london-red Posts: 1,266
    Yep. Beautiful stuff. How much though?
  • Those are indeed, beautifully made bikes. Agree that the Gulf coloured frame is a beaut!

    Regarding cost, I found this quote on another website (from an interview with the frame designer/builder:)

    How much are the bikes going to be priced?

    The price can vary depending on the type of tubing used, for a frame and forks built of Reynolds 631 with Reynolds 725 stays it would cost £650. you could use a cheaper cromoly or a more expensive all Reynolds 725 or 853 frame. i think the 631 x 725 combo is the best price/ strength/ weight medium!
    I'd rather live a year like a Tiger, than 100 years like a Sheep.
  • Stunning stuff...where is the pricing and stuff though?

    All I can find is the blog link, anybody had any joy with these?

    ^ beat me to it by a minute!
    http://www.northcheshireclarion.co.uk/

    Great club in and around the Warrington area.
  • balthazar
    balthazar Posts: 1,565
    I think he's pretty young - at least started up only a couple of years ago. He's well-publicised by the popular blog Fixed Gear Leeds. They look carefully made and nicely finished- great to see young framebuilders starting up like this. Long may Feather Cycles continue!
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    For my next bike I think something like this is very much on the cards...

    I was getting a bit mithered by the fact that NW USA was springing up loads of new young frame builders and the UK was having none of it. Hopefully this is getting sorted!

    I may drop him a line soon.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Emailed him to see if he would consider doing a road racing frame.

    I love this detail on one of the rear dropouts!

    SHOT-025.jpg
  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Emailed him to see if he would consider doing a road racing frame.

    I love this detail on one of the rear dropouts!

    SHOT-025.jpg

    A guy I follow on twitter has already commissioned a RR frame off him - images of it's work in progress are on his site
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Which one is it?
  • london-red
    london-red Posts: 1,266
    Good on him. If I had the cash and/or an understanding wife, I might be putting in a call...
  • I've always loved lugs. I look at my bikes now and it seems like it's missing something....lugs!

    One day, I'll return to lugs, but at the moment i'm still influenced by fashion :cry:
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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    I've always loved lugs. I look at my bikes now and it seems like it's missing something....lugs!

    One day, I'll return to lugs, but at the moment i'm still influenced by fashion :cry:

    Lugs never go out of fashion. My bestest carbon bike is lugged.
  • Lovely bikes - think the SS/fixed renaissance has been a big part of the appearance of new framebuilders to compliment the established ones we already had (and maybe a spimoff from Rapha's 'epic' advertising?). I know of some fellas starting up a business in South Wales, it's early days for them yet but I can post details when they get a website etc running to back up the couple of frames they've already made.

    I'll admit to a vested interest - Jose is prepared to teach me to braze!

    Another good looking frame maker is Demon Cycles, saw them at the Cycle Show in Earls Court. V. nice.

    How long before the UK gets it's own version of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show?
  • 2alexcoo
    2alexcoo Posts: 251
    ynyswen24 wrote:
    How long before the UK gets it's own version of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show?

    Not long...

    Feather Cycles are one of the exhibitors apparently 8)
    Alex
  • Oh wow, clicking on some of those links of people who will be at this show, brings up some lovely, lovely stuff.

    I'm really liking the work by Demon Frameworks - but very expensive though. I suppose quality always is.
    I'd rather live a year like a Tiger, than 100 years like a Sheep.
  • Nuggs
    Nuggs Posts: 1,804
    edited February 2011
    They look absolutely lovely.

    My next bike will be custom steel (but credit committee sign-off is not expected for a couple of years at least). I love the idea of having something totally unique in a market dominated by mass production. I'm also a giant and manufacturers don't always create things with chaps like me in mind...

    As lovely as the Feathers look, the Enigma Extensor remains the front runner for me:

    xcr_main.jpg
  • http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Colnago-Master-Pi ... 230e006cd2 Nap get your tissues ready before viewing this one 8)
  • Evil Laugh
    Evil Laugh Posts: 1,412
    CarbonCopy wrote:

    Ew that just put me off my breakfast.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    WTF? I like colnagos but I'm not Liberace!!! That's grim!
  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Which one is it?

    This one http://www.flickr.com/photos/feathercycles/5395662597/

    Look for 'Simon's' frame :wink:
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  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    It's about time we had a bike show like the one in Bristol show in June, look forward to that!
  • balthazar
    balthazar Posts: 1,565
    I don't see Robin Mather in that exhibition list - surprising, especially as he's near Bristol (I think?).

    http://gallery.mac.com/robinmather#gallery

    He'd be high on my list if I could justify a second bike. Which I can't.
  • wheezee
    wheezee Posts: 461
    Looks like they're still open for entries, though.

    Just up the road for me. I shall definitely be along.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Which one is it?

    This one http://www.flickr.com/photos/feathercycles/5395662597/

    Look for 'Simon's' frame :wink:

    Couldn't get on the flickr feed at work last night.

    That looks fantastic!!! :o
  • NapoleonD wrote:
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Which one is it?

    This one http://www.flickr.com/photos/feathercycles/5395662597/

    Look for 'Simon's' frame :wink:

    Couldn't get on the flickr feed at work last night.

    That looks fantastic!!! :o

    I love his little details. I followed his blog for a while and he is a real artisan. He even trims and cuts his own drop outs etc if he needs to. Even the letters on Simon's fork crown are hand cut!

    I also love his subtle graphics and colour sense on his paintjobs. And he's just up the road from me in York. Just wish he'd stop making all those 'trendy' bloody fixies! :lol:
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  • inseine
    inseine Posts: 5,786
    It's funny how things come around. I've literally given away made to measure 753 frames when aluminium became the rage. I'm a bit sad now!
  • 2alexcoo wrote:
    ynyswen24 wrote:
    How long before the UK gets it's own version of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show?

    Not long...

    Feather Cycles are one of the exhibitors apparently 8)

    I thank you for that and will be there!

    I'll pass it onto Jose and John so they can get brazing.
  • dilemna
    dilemna Posts: 2,187
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Just been googling for custom steel bikes built in the UK and happened upon this site -

    http://www.feathercycles.com/

    Anyone any experience?

    The stuff looks exquisite

    The Porsche/Gulf colours one is an absolute work of art! Nay, they all are!

    O - M - G NapD !!

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  • CTank
    CTank Posts: 46
    I don't think Robin Mather's exactly short of work, so he may not feel the need to exhibit. The flip side of exclusivity, is that there's usually a long waiting list.

    Can't agree more, that it would be nice to see the UK equal the US in terms of artisan builders though.
  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Emailed him to see if he would consider doing a road racing frame.

    Did you get a reply regarding this?