We blogged about Adrian Bedford and his company Swarf Cycles a few months back. Adrian had made a lovely prototype steel + carbon all-mountain bike, and was working to develop his next – well after months of hard work he’s launched it.
The guys at Dirt Magazine interviewed him a few weeks back, here’s what he had to say:
“Since I built the original frame I have made myself a jig and learnt to braze. I have to mention the Bicycle Academy as I went on their fillet brazing masterclass day which really gave me a big leap forward with my fillets. Before I was able to make strong joints, but hadn’t perfected getting them anywhere near neat and I was spending a lot of time cleaning joints up. Now I’m spending much less time on clean up and don’t find brazing stressful any more! Anyone wanting to learn bike building skills, give them a call, they’ll get you going in the right way. I braze using oxygen and propane to keep things simple.”
“So far I have made a single prototype frame that has been taking a battering for the last few months, it rides really nicely. I have had a few issues with finding a nice shock tune but in general the frame rides really well. I’ve used it with various different forks and swapped between 26″ and 650b wheels. It’s a really versatile bike and a load of fun! I’ve only run it in the 130mm configuration so far and its coped fine with everything including a week in the alps. The high pivot comes alive when it gets rough!”
It’s great to see our students using their new skills and building such awesome stuff. We think that the bike looks brilliant and are excited to get to ride one of the new demo fleet that Adrian is building at the moment. You can read the full interview with Adrian here: http://dirt.mpora.com/news/homemade-bikes-adrian-bedfords-curve.html