Jenni runs the London Bike Kitchen and she knows a thing or two about bikes. So when she commissioned me to make her new bike, which also happened be my first, it was a little daunting! I enlisted the help of The Bicycle Academy, and after a week or so we had her frame and forks well on the way, and it was back to my workshop for hours of filing and hand polishing.
Jenni wanted a road bike that was beautiful, nippy, fit her perfectly and needed something that would be comfortable on a long all day ride. For a long ride Jenni doesn't like riding in a really agressive dropped down position so we kept the geometry fairly compact and used steel fork with a long rake give a little flex and minimise toe overlap.
"I've never had so much fun riding a bike. She's quick, light, fast, and fits me like a glove.
I feel so lucky to have a one-of-a-kind build in my life" - Jenni
Frame and forks: - Bespoke steel road frame. 1 1/8 head tube and Llewellyn stainless steel dropouts (mirror polished).
Tubing: - Columbus Spirit for Lugs and Zona.
Wheelset: - 700c H Plus Son Archetype Rims with Miche Hubs, handbuilt by Jenni.
Groupset and finishing kit: - Campagnolo Veloce and Miche 11sp , Bars and stem Cinelli Dinamo, Saddle Georgena Terry, Bar Tape Michaux Club in black leather.
Paint: - Custom paint work in metallic blue and lipstick red with clear 2K lacquer. Name etc. all in paint, no decals.
Details: - Solid silver details hand cut headbadge brazed onto frame, mirror polished dropouts.
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.