Reader Tom Miller is the first respondent to our ‘Send Us Your Pictures’ call out.
He’s sent us a nice photo of his Kevin Sayles built Woodrup frame.
Tom describes the bike as, “British built frame, French geometry, mixed vintage and new parts.”
It’s a beautiful bike that definitely shows all the identifiers I set out in my recent entry on how we might define the cycle sportive bicycle.
I’d also like to talk a little bit about the use of old and new technology. This is something I really embrace. In a recent article on our frame building site I called this nuovo retro. In part it’s an aesthetic, but there’s more to it than that. Some old technology is simply superior. If you want the best combination of performance and comfort, steel frames make sense. For long rides I’m definitely going to stick with my leather saddles until somebody shows me something more comfortable. On the other hand, nuovo retro is about not being a ‘retro grouch.’ I’m not opposed to carbon fiber for some applications, I like integrated brake/shifting, and I always try to be open to the possibilities of new stuff coming down the pike.
Another think I noticed about Tom’s bike is the interesting parallels to Alan Woods’s club bike. Alan was certainly inspired by British built steel to some extent. I definitely feel like both bikes fit into a British cycle sportive bike tradition that I hope to explore more on this blog in the future.
Thanks to Tom for sharing his beautiful bicycle. We’d love to see more pictures from the rest of you!