Pashley Cycles is England's longest established bicycle manufacturer. Founded in 1926 and based in Stratford-upon-Avon, its dedicated team design and hand-build a unique range of specialist bicycles and tricycles.
MA Product Design students at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design were invited to create accessories specifically to suit Pashley’s Guv’nor, a retro 1930s pathway racing cycle.
The creation of a Paris frame by Condor. The Paris features unique bi-laminations rather than lug work.
On a flat sheet of steel a design is cut. It is then manipulated by hand to join both ends together so that it resemmbles a lug. Paris bi-lams are then slotted onto the headtube.
The tubes meeting the bi-lam must perfectly meet the back of the bi-lam and sit flush. Tubing must be cut and mitred exactly to the curve of the headtube. If not the builder must begin again.
The tube must sit perfectly because any gaps will compromise the integrity of the join. Brass is then built up around the bi-lam and ajoining tube. A technique known as filet-brazing.