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    Default Kevin Winter

    Firstly, forgive my using this forum as a vent for my excitement and impatience! Consider this a place holder, as far as my own frame is concerned; anyone else got a (Kevin) Winter bike to share??

    Having been off the bike for over a year, through injury (fell downstairs with a washing machine strapped to my back...), I found a resurgent urge to saddle up, a few months ago... And I'm loving it, possibly more than ever. But, I'm riding a scrapper, an old Sunn Roader frame picked up on ebay for 5 several years ago, intended as a winter commuter. So to celebrate my return to the road, and with the excuse that I'm getting older, returning from injury so custom's the only way to go, I've just ordered a new frame from Kevin Winter.

    I guess even fellow Brits hanging out here may not know Kevin's work. I do because I worked at Hardisty Cycles, where prior to my time there, Kevin had build their frames. In the North East of England, where he works, Kevin is the go-to builder, especially amongst the road racing contingent; he keeps a pretty low profile, his reputation and word of mouth keeping him plenty busy (currently a 14 week wait). He works in steel, ti, alu and carbon.

    Here's the man himself, in days gone by:
    hardisty_brochure.jpg

    And a restoration job on a frame of that vintage:

    ALL BECAUSE OF A PICTURE-A TRIBUTE BUILD FOR A NATIONAL HERO | Retrobike


    I could drone on about him, but those who would like to know more about him can learn more about him here. Suffice to say, his work is superb and whilst I have a soft spot for various marks of my youth, I didn't think twice about getting him to build my frame.

    So, what will it be? Whilst I appreciate many different aesthetics in steel bikes, I've been riding a lugged Columbus Max for a while, so I'm going tig for this one, with a mix of Spirit, Life megatubes, max and SL. A while ago (last year, the year before, I forget) I saw this bike in the metal (looks even better than the pics) and it was seeing it again on here that confirmed my choice of trad geometry.

    I'll build much of of it from parts I have, but new wheels are in order, I think (cos I'm worth it); being a Brit, Royce was my first thought... I ruminated on the weight (Royce hubs are beautiful but not light weights by today's standards), compared and re-compared with KK et all... I talked myself out of it. But then, divine intervention! Royce is developing a light-weight version for limited production and I am on the list for a pair, which are likely to be matched with a c. 30-40mm section carbon tubular.

    So fellow sweaty palmed bike-porn addicts, pictures! You won't find much of Kevin's work online, but here's one of a more recent example.
    KW_Spirit.jpg
    (This should probably be credited, but I'm afraid I can track down who's it is, sorry!!)

    That's all for now, but as a necessary means of regulating my nervous anticipation, I'll post more, including design drawings, before it's arrival in the early autumn (naturally, arrival at a time of iffy weather here, prompts a week of testing somewhere hot...). In the meantime, I hope to see more of KW's work displayed here!!
    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    After a long delay, our wait will soon be over...red-carpet.jpg
    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    Looking forward to this! Nice that you're keeping it local too :)
     

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    Whilst the invited guests assemble and the anticipation mounts, let us take an exclusive look behind the scenes....

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    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    Kevin's plaudits include one Ben Swift, latterly riding a Pinarello, but once upon a time he rode Winters:

    Living with a top champ in family - Gainsborough Standard

    https://twitter.com/swiftybswift/sta...73251978182656
    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    Alright geeks/obsessives/convicted velophiles, it's competition time... Simply guess or devine the spec of each tube (see op for clues) and you a friend to win* a trip to meet this bike in person!

    Post your answers below...

    The winner will be selected at random fromm all correct entries.

    There is no cash alternative to the prize offered.







    *The winner is responsible for the cost of their own travel, accommodation, food and entertainment.
    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

     

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    Ver is ze bike?!
     

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    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    She's been delayed in make-up... But due to make an appearance this week... It's going to be the making of me as a rider, right?
    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: Kevin Winter

    Ladies and gentlemen, assembled dignitaries... Please make your way to the gallery, where the unveiling will soon begin...
    Lawrence Moran

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    Lawrence Moran

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    Default And finally...

    A quick shot, after a quick blast down the lane...

    SoM_001.jpg

    The light doesn't do the colour justice, but what the hell; hopefully a ride proper ride tomorrow will give better photo ops.
    Lawrence Moran

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    Default Re: And finally...

    Quote Originally Posted by ljm View Post
    A quick shot, after a quick blast down the lane...

    SoM_001.jpg

    The light doesn't do the colour justice, but what the hell; hopefully a ride proper ride tomorrow will give better photo ops.
    That is very nice indeed and well worth the wait!
    Reminds me a bit of this Robin Mather roubaix custom...
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    Default Re: And finally...

    Fresh from a respray, my winter Winter...

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    Default Re: And finally...

    that's super snazzy - nice woodburner too.
    show us all the full build when it's put back together!
     

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