2014 is shaping up to be an exciting year for custom bicycles. More and more people are taking their cycling seriously and looking beyond the mass-produced stock options offered by the major manufacturers. The UK Handmade Bicycle Show, Bespoked Bristol, is a good indication of the growing interest in quality bikes, especially those built by passionate English engineers — like Mike Pearson of London’s Munin Bikeworks.
Mike will be proudly exhibiting at this year’s Bespoked Bristol, showing, among others, this all-weather road bike he built for himself. He recently graduated from the Fillet Brazing Masterclass offered by The Bicycle Academy, the UK’s premier frame building school, which is evident by the work seen here. Munin Bikeworks is named after one of Odin’s ravens, who ventured out each day to return with news from its travels, and Mike hopes the bikes he builds will take his customers on similar adventures.
The frame is built from Columbus Zona which, Mike says, “…provides a good balance of strength, low weight, comfort and durability.” A slightly raised brake bridge and 420mm chain stays allow full fenders to be fitted without looking cramped. Mike tells us: “Matched with a Columbus Hiver carbon fibre fork and 25mm tyres, the bike gives sure-footed handling and tames the vagaries of the UK’s tarmac.” I’m sure the wings of his Munin will carry Mike on many adventures.
Catch up with him at the 2014 Bespoked Bristol show, held in the Lee Valley Velodrome. or drop him a line via his website.