TED JAMES DESIGN ( TJD)
A beautiful bulldozer
Local framebuilder Ted James didn’t have far to travel to Bespoked after upping sticks from London to Gloucestershire a few years back, with the aim of creating less singlespeeds and more hardcore steeds like mountain bikes and BMX. But it’s doubtless anything’s quite as bulletproof as the TJD green machine, as ‘Super Ted’ revealed… “It’s designed for the road and off-road. I used Reynolds 953 but shaped all of the tubes; they were round but I ‘ovalised’ all of them, plus I scalloped the seattube. There’s also an interesting story behind those chainstays, as they used to be a prototype mountain-bike handlebar, so came in at a round 31.8mm. Basically, I cut them in half, ovalised them, cranked a bend and then indented to accommodate the tyre. It tapers at the end where I reduced the diameter right down to meet the dropouts.” King also used a T47 oversized bottom bracket, which has become popular with many framebuilders because it allows for greater surface area at the critical junction of the downtube, seattube and chainstays – an area of the frame where stiffness is paramount. James tig welded internal cable routing and polished it back to produce a seamless finish, which won’t tarnish like it might if silver soldered. “However, I silver soldered internal routing at the top of the downtube because I knew it was going to be painted over. That cable routing goes right through the downtube, into the T47 BB shell, through the massive oversized chainstays and pops out the back for a clean look.” James’ beautiful beast was dressed in finishing kit suitable for such a masterpiece. “There’s a lot of Enve kit on there,” King beams. “I also used a Chris King external headset, which is why I custom-machined the headtube.” All in all, a rather gorgeous tank.
“There’s an interesting story behind those chainstays – they used to be a prototype mountain- bike handlebar”
James has tested many of his bikes across the Severn Bridge in the Welsh hills
That stem paintwork captures the gloriously brutal nature of James’ award-winning gravel bike
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The chainstays started out in life as a set of mountain- bike handlebars