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Old 08-17-2012, 11:31 PM
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Feather Cycles

Steve Potts has been at the front of the Paceline for a while now but it's time for him to pull off and let UK based Ricky Feather take a pull. So, this week at the front of the Paceline: Feather Cycles

Ricky Feather started Feather Cycles with an intent to build quality steel bicycle frames on U.K soil. Mr. Feather felt that... "the U.K steel frame market didn't seem to be moving with the times and that only a few builders were doing anything different." Feather Cycles uses traditional methods to create not only bikes built from the latest materials, but also with a contemporary look. All the while building traditional looking bikes too! No matter what you're looking for, they build bikes for "racing or touring, off road trails or the track, Sunday best or your daily commute, maybe even all of the above."

http://www.feathercycles.com
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:33 PM
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:34 PM
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:35 PM
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:36 PM
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:55 AM
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This is bike porn. No other way to put it. Thanks for sharing William, there is a great degree of artistic and creative talent there. Does he design his own paint schemes or are those customer designs? If they're customer designs, he has some really creative customers!

Funky brake bridge too!
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:54 PM
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From what I've read he does a lot of the designs himself...

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"I think it is a really good time for custom bikes," says Ricky Feather, the master bike-builder behind Feather Cycles. "I would say that it is a good time for bespoke goods in general right now. Nowadays, with the mass market coming from the Far East, people seem to be really interested in handmade, in the UK, by British craftspeople, and personally, I think that's extremely important for the future of past crafts."

And if anyone is going to capitalise on this vogue for the bespoke, it's Feather Cycles whose award-winning designs take the bicycle as close as it gets to an artwork.

Not that Feather lets aesthetics get in the way of the riding experience. "First and foremost, the bike must fit the rider and suit the style of riding they intend on using it for," he says. "The frame must be aligned to ensure the rear wheel perfectly follows the front wheel. It must have strong joints no matter which method is used, welding, brazing and silver brazing takes a lot of practice and patience to master. Last of all, in my eyes, details are important. This is a way that a builder can create their individual style that sets them apart from the masses."

This detailing is particularly strong in his work - the hand-carved flourishes on seat clusters, the numbers and emblems worked into the design, the nickel plating, the colour schemes - all of which combine to create beautiful bikes. "I generally don't really design any of my detailing. As a rule, it kind of just happens. However, it is important and doing it the way I do means that each and every customer gets something unique."

Unsurprisingly, he hopes that his work stands the test of time. "Maybe one day my frames will belong to collectors who will want to bring them back to life and keep them going as people now do with the likes of Hetchins and Gillotts." In the meantime, he's going to "just keep doing what I'm doing and keep learning and getting better with every job I do".

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Old 08-19-2012, 07:59 AM
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Thanks for sharing, nice pics and sweet bikes.........
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yowza!

beautiful craftsmanship.

and great photography.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:13 PM
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Very cool. Mr. Feather is involved in a book and video showcasing builders around the UK.

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Matthew Sowter and Ricky Feather, travelled around the country along with talented photographer Kayti Peschke, to interview the people who are leading this industry. Each artisan shares their methods, their passion, their skills and their quirks. Through these intimate conversations they express what makes them unique in this international art. The book showcases exquisite photography of the frame builders and their working environment, contrasting the raw, rough workshops with sleek images of the beautifully finished final products.

Kayti Peschke, is responsible for putting this film together

Follow the progress of the book on facebook.com/madeinenglandbook
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Lovely craftsmanship

Absolutely beautiful work. Now definitely on my shortlist for another frame if I receive a suitable windfall.

Does anyone have an email address for Ricky? I can't find anything on the blog. I see there's a Facebook page but I don't do FB
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Absolutely beautiful work. Now definitely on my shortlist for another frame if I receive a suitable windfall.

Does anyone have an email address for Ricky? I can't find anything on the blog. I see there's a Facebook page but I don't do FB
Here is the contact info I found for Feather Cycles:
http://feathercycles.bigcartel.com/contact

And if you want a t-shirt...
http://feathercycles.bigcartel.com/products





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Old 08-22-2012, 07:42 AM
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Ozzie Whippet in the Feather Cycles workshop....

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:28 AM
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He was (is still...?) a fantastic BMX'er back in the day, so that puts him to the top of my favorites list: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1weN-2nv4ZY
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:35 AM
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I did not know that. Thanks!

Feather Cycles tour from two years ago...

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