This is me
If it has two wheels I'm a big fan. I've been riding, breaking and repairing bicycles and motorcycles since I was 10 years old. I grew up in the affluent and leafy hamlet of Luton in Bedfordshire*, and like most kids of my generation, you made your own entertainment. Being inquisitive and taking stuff apart to see how it worked was irresistible and, in those days, possible. Whether it was a three-speed Sturmey Archer hub or a T140 Bonneville engine, the design of the component parts and how they worked together completely fascinated me – it still does.
In 2008 I stumbled across Dave Yates' website and his excellent frame building course. A few months later, I walked out of Dave's workshop with my first frame and a rekindling of the passion I felt when I took that three-speed hub apart decades earlier. Keen to learn more, I then booked on Dave Bohm's brilliant two week frame building course in Arizona. The passion was growing.
With an understanding of the craft on both sides of the pond, I've spent the intervening years developing my own take on those techniques, filling my workshop with the very best kit and building a back catalogue of frames.
I've recently moved to the village of Helpston to the east of Stamford (UK) with my partner Nicola (who’s beautiful, supportive and my puncture repair kit). My other job is working for Motorcycle News, the world’s biggest publication and website about motorcycling.
*Luton is, in fact, a shithole.