This is my road bike, it's personal. It represents everything I want in a road bike, elegant clean lines, well proportioned and fitting, lightweight, with a few fancy bits here and there.
It's built around a 650C wheelset, as I'm not very tall. Finding a bike to fit has alway been a problem. A 650c wheelset means that I can avoid toe over-lap and and have a well proportioned head tube and frame. It has a short wheelbase and the added bonus of a stiff rear triangle which is great for the hills!
The frame: - Bespoke 650c steel and stainless steel road frame. 1 1/8 head tube
Tubing: - Columbus Spirit for Lugs main triangle with Columbus XCR stainless steel chainstays (mirror polished).
Wheelset: - 650c Mavic CXP 32 rims with Campag Mirage hubs
Forks: - 650c Prolite Brescia 1 1/8 Carbon forks
Groupset and finishing kit: - Campagnolo Athena 11sp Group, Bars and stem Cinelli Dinamo - custom painted, Seat post Richie Classic, Saddle Brooks Cambium (not pictured), Bar Tape Michaux Club in black leather
All components were selected to compliment the overall look and colour scheme, with fit and performance being equal considerations.
Paint: - Custom paint work in my favourite midnight blue and pearl orange base coat with clear 2K lacquer. Name etc. all in paint, no decals. Forks, stem and bars painted to match.
Details: - Solid silver details hand cut and brazed onto frame - inc. head badge, seat cluster and down tube. Seat cluster and down tube details made to mirror hand pierced bottom bracket lug ports.
Image Credit: Sebastien Klein
All Hartley Cycles custom frame builds and bespoke bicycles are handmade in London with great care and attention by frame builder Caren Hartley.