You may be wondering… Who is this ‘young upstart’?
Well, my career started with a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at a small Birmingham-based cycle frame builders. It was here I learnt the craft of bicycle frame building, making semi-production cycle frames – supplying specialist shops across the UK
Being situated a stone’s throw from the renowned manufacturer Reynolds Tube in Tyseley, Birmingham, meant I was able to hang out in the factory quite often and was fortunate to see, hear and smell a lot of the tube and fork processes first hand.
In the mid to late 1980’s I secured a job with the prestigious Roberts cycles. As part of my role I carried out frame repairs and under the initial guidance of Chas Roberts and master frame builder Phillip Maynard expanded my repertoire building the full range of bicycles Roberts Cycles offered. Everything from low profiles to trikes. During my 28 years at Roberts I have had the opportunity to build bicycles for many celebrities and well known customers, including building an award winning Roughstuff styled bicycle with custom pannier racks.
Following Chas taking a “sabbatical”, I spend two years at Reilly Cycle works where my responsibilities included frame building, frame repairs as well as teaching the frame building courses. It was a great experience and I was able to guide many happy customers through the specialised process of building their very own dream bespoke bicycle.
After building in excess of 1700 custom bespoke frames and spending more than 50,000 hours in the workshop at Roberts I think I have just about earned the right to class myself as a master frame builder. But more importantly I love the craftsmanship of working with my hands and the creative process of designing and building bespoke bicycles.
With all the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years I have decided to establish Six four Frameworks. The aim is to bring my personal approach to frame building. At Six four we are not trying to reinvent the wheel or be ‘FRAMEOUS’ but simply to provide the highest quality frame sets/bike builds that are not just aesthetically pleasing but also a joy to ride.
Master Frame Builder: Adrian