A beau­ti­ful bull­dozer

Urban Cyclist - - Bespoked -

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

The chain­stays started out in life as a set of moun­tain- bike han­dle­bars

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