English Cycles Project: RIGHT

English Cycles Project: RIGHT

One of the most innovative bikes seen at this year’s NAHBS was this single speed, single-sided road bike by Oregon’s Rob English. Already known for his prodigious frame designs and creative details, this green machine, which also features hand-painted artwork by Geoff Mcfetridge, surely must have exercised the boundaries of Rob’s engineering skills.

The frame was contracted by Fairwheel Bikes in Tucson for a customer who wanted something extraordinary, with completely one-of-a-kind paintwork, so the pairing of English and Mcfetridge seemed a natural one. Both have worked with Fairwheel Bikes before, but not on the same project. Rob’s engineering ability becomes more evident the closer one looks (there’s more detail photos on the English Cycles website): a custom-machined rear hub enables the belt drive to be placed on the outside of the frame — negating the need for a split in the frame. The fork leg actually clamps onto a one-piece stem and steerer tube, the front Avid disc brake has been modified to allow for mounting on the right and the rear caliper is mounted below the bottom bracket.

The rear end of the frame was completely designed in 3D CAD to check the chainline and, once fabricated and painted with a base coat, delivered to Geoff Mcfetridge. Himself a passionate cyclist, Geoff is a an artist who has collaborated with clients such as Nike, Patagonia, Chocolate Skateboards and Greenpeace. He was also the art director for Spike Jonze’s cinematic interpretation of Where The Wild Things Are and, as requested by Fairwheel’s customer, applied a design with a certain ‘Wild’ influence. Definitely a perfect finish to a striking bike.

Have a look at Rob’s website for his outline of the project. The Fairwheel Bikes website has the complete spec sheet and more background — contact them to help you achieve your dream bike. Special thanks to Tina Buescher for the photography and Trackosaurus Rex for the tip.

English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT
English Cycles Project: RIGHT

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  • Anonymous

    Wow! I just love this, disk front and clever location of the rear brake, cool paint, belt drive with inspired chain line, internal cables it just ticks all the boxes for me favorite bike I’ve seen on this site ever.

  • Keir Whitcher

    As a bike it doesn’t do as much for me as some other English projects but as an engineering exercise it is sensational.  Superb components brought together with great engineering expertise.  This really is top shelf indeed.

  • area man

    very nice minus the art. very clever in every way. split frames on belt drive bikes problem solved. well-done.

  • Robcuzner

    Best outside of the box design I’ve seen so far on the site. I was wondering how the belt is kept in tension as it stretches over time, then I saw the eccentricly mounted crank, very impressive!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dimypap Dim-itri’os Ev-angelos Pap’the

      care to elaborate on the eccentricity stuff or point me directions on the web.?.

  • TH

    Almost perfect!  If the fork had been mounted on the opposite side (if possible), this would be the coolest bike ever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dimypap Dim-itri’os Ev-angelos Pap’the

      totally agree ! 8-) .