Yorkshire is the largest county in the United Kingdom, of a sufficient scale to warrant it being divided into three ‘Ridings’ — a division of land traditionally designated by the distance that one could cover on horseback in a certain period of time. An apt allotment for Sheffield, historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, home to Field Cycles, who make modern appropriations for said circumnavigation.
That windy introduction is pertinent to their latest build, whose new owner had just finished reading Robert Penn’s book, Its All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels. It’s an inspiring read, a journey of Robert’s quest to explore the background to each component of his new custom bike, personally visiting the factories of Chris King, Cinelli, Rourke Cycles and Campagnolo.
So this is the result of another man’s journey towards their ideal bike. It’s as close to a traditional steel-framed roadie as Field Cycles can get, paying heed to orthodox geometry and shape. Campagnolo’s Athena groupset was the ideal choice for a long-lasting and well-appointed ride, coupled with a Thomson seatpost and Ritchey bars in matching silver finish.
The frame is a mix of Columbus and Reynolds tubes, fronted by an ENVE fork, painted to match, topped with a black C15 Cambium saddle by Brooks England. Field Cycles are most recognisable for their dazzling graphic paint work, designed and administered in-house, although this is the most subtle execution we’ve seen. North, South, East and West Riding, this is the machine to discover them all.
Find out more on the Field Cycles website.