It doesn’t take much to create a bicycle that stops people in their tracks. An eye for aesthetics, an appreciation for quality parts and mechanics, and a desire to build a vehicle that fulfills a brief. For web designer Stuart Hobday, the mission was to bring together something that was traditional enough to gain the respect of London streets, yet tough enough to endure them.
Stuart sought out Manchester based retired engineer Brian Digby who was offering a used 49cm steel track frame from Brick Lane Bikes, acompany who have long been supplying the English scene with rare, classic frames, custom builds, and have recently been producing their own frames in-house.
At this stage we can also thank both Brian’s and Stu’s eye for quality when they selected the working parts. Campagnolo drive train, brakes, seat post and a Vento Wheelset. Aside the Brooks Aged B-17 saddle and tool bag, there is a fact that has been testified to so many times before: it’s the details that’ll get you. Those steel cable clips have turned Stuart’s brief into a true gentleman’s ride. Quite the Belstaff Trialmaster of bicycles.
Many thanks to Stuart Hobday for the fantastic photography, taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX3 on a standard close-up setting.