Steel bikes from £2349-£3655

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This is the award-win­ning Reynolds 953 gravel bike from Glouces­ter­shire-based Ted James, who has won nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades at Be­spoked hand­made bi­cy­cle shows. Ted not only ovalised the orig­i­nally round tubes but the chain­stays started out as a pro­to­type moun­tain bike han­dle­bar. The T47 bot­tom bracket cre­ates a large weld­ing area and the shell is roomy enough to cope with the rear ca­bles too. The cus­tom-ma­chined head-tube is topped by a Chris King head­set, while ENVE pro­vides the wheels. Frame­sets start at £2800, with this build com­ing in around £7500.

The stem nicely com­ple­ments the frame on TJD’s gong­gar­ner­ing gravel bike

We reckon the Crank Broth­ers ped­als were cho­sen for their green springs

Neat. The rear ca­bles go through the down-tube and bot­tom bracket shell

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