The Lee Valley VeloPark was the venue for the London Olympic track events in 2012. In April, it will play host to a somewhat more boutique bicycle event: Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show. Eric Estlund will travel all the way from Eugene, Oregon, to present his custom Winter Bicycles to the English show-goers.
The name ‘Winter Bicycles’ is somewhat deceiving, because Eric builds bikes designed to be ridden in any season. He has been working on a series of randonneur frames lately, like this one, titled Discoteca, because it’s going to get ridden all day and all night. Discoteca has classic fast touring geometry, but there’s no French constructeur nostalgia here.
Built from modern steel tubes and joined with both lugs and S&S couplers, it’s both an easy traveller and reliable racer. The frame is dressed with Ultegra components, rolling on White Industries and Schmidt hubs. Eric fabricated the racks to carry the Arkel and Acorn bags, whose brushed steel contrast with the two-blue paint — applied by one of the best painters in the US: Keith Anderson.