After a lot of time saving up and not being able to resist the odd ride, we finally finished the Bamb vs Geoff Roberts bicycle with a beautiful handmade leather saddle and grips by Brooks.
The hardest part about being able to request anything from a custom bicycle is restricting ideas and not going too far. It was a tough choice but we decided to go white, with only the Geoff Roberts and Bamb logo in black. The main reason to keep it so simple was to show the beauty of Geoff’s welding and the symmetry of the frame tubes.
As for bicycle set up, again we wanted it stripped right back, so no gears or needless accessories. Single speed, no disc brakes, traditional metal pedals, little modern touches like black spokes and white stripes on the tyres. We just focused on everything being white, black or chrome.
Lastly we needed to get some leather on the bike, we looked no further than Brooks for the saddle and grips. This was a chance to just push the overall look and against some concerns that brown leather wouldn’t go with a black and white bike, we decided to commit and go for it.
Seeing it finished we’re massively proud of our bicycle, it’s too good to hang it on the studio wall as an ornament, especially knowing how people react to it. We’ve had lycra clad cyclists overtake with a “nice bike!” or a special moment when an elderly gent told us it reminded him of his old steel bicycle and how he misses cycling so much.
The bicycle has often been described as being ‘very Sussex’ so before we use it too much, we decided to wake up at 4.30am ready for the early soft light and make the most of the lovely Eastbourne seafront and shoreline.
We hope you like the bike as well. Let us know if you’re interested in having a custom bicycle made by Geoff Roberts and we’ll put you in touch.