I grew up in an era where steel was the only material used to make bicycles – as it had been for the previous 100 years. It has only been in the last 20 to 30 years that other materials like aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium have started to be used, and already we are coming back to steel as the material of choice for the serious non-racing cyclist. My inspiration came from having custom racing frames made for me by Geoff Scott, childhood heroes Sarroni and Zoetemelk who rode Colnagos, and Argentin on a Bianchi.
I spent two years in my twenties as the head mechanic of Condor Cycles; privileged to still build custom bicycles of the era and work on those made in the fifties and sixties.
This really was an era when handmade bicycles were at their most beautiful – and I hope to continue that tradition. Though I have done a lot of my own research, being Australian has afforded me the opportunity to tap into the experience, insight and products from one of the world’s best contemporary frame builders, Darrell McCulloch (Llewellyn Custom Bikes).
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