BEAUMONT BESPOKE TOURER

Specification Decisions:

  • Frame - Handbuilt Reynolds 725 bespoke, 853 top tube and chain stays. Fillet brazed. 

  • Front fork - Reynolds 631 handbuilt, thru-axle drop out

  • Paragon Rocker Rohloff dropouts, 135mm QR

  • Rims - 500DB DT Swiss Rim

  • Sapim spokes

  • Hub Front - SON dynamo 28 thru axle - Red

  • Hub Rear - Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 - Red

  • Tyres - Schwalbe G-one Performance 700Cx35

  • Mudguards - Cube Cubeguard Trekking Pro

  • Crankset - Deore 170 04 bcd 4-arm

  • Chain - Gates carbon belt - 115T black

  • Gates front sprocket/beltring 50T

  • Gates sprocket rear, Rohloff 22T

  • Disc brakes - TRP Spyke, TRP800 levers

  • Lights - B&M Toplight Dynamo Rear 80mm

  • Lights - B&M Lumptech IQ-X Dynamo front spotlight LED Silver

  • Seat clamp = Hope 30mm Red

  • Seat post 27.2

  • Saddle - Brooks Cambium C19 carved, red rivets

  • Stem - System X 

  • Headset - Cane Creek Forty, Black

  • Headset spacers - Hope alloy, Red

  • Handlebar - Richey black 9 degree sweep

  • Ergon GP5 grip and bar end combo

 

Accessories:

  • Bell - Greallthy Bike Bell, Classic Brass Bicycle

  • Rear Rack - Tubus Cosmos rear rack

  • Front Rack - Tubus Tara

  • Kickstand - Generic double kick stand

  • Handlebar bag - Ortlieb Ultimate 6 7L - Red

  • Rear Panniers - Ortlieb Bike Packer Plus QL2.1 - Red 

  • Front Panniers - Ortlieb Sport Packer Plus - Red

  • Mirror - Mirrycle Mountain Mirror

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I spent many hours researching for this bike thinking about what I wanted out of my next bicycle and what kit I wanted on it. I wanted something that could be ridden on roads, on rough tracks, like disused railways, gravel, that could carry racks and panniers for touring, but as lightweight as I can get it.

 

The first thing I decided on was gearing.  I wanted a wide ratio of gears, preferably internal and with a Gates Carbon belt.  I have been particularly enthused by Pinion gearing systems, something I discovered on various YouTube videos and on a a few bikes I've read about.  Sadly, Pinion 18 is hard to find in the UK. Bikes here are likely to be Rohloff internal gears. I'm not going to give a précis on the ins and outs of either system, there is enough information out there to research and decide for yourselves. My decision for internal gearing is primarily to have something that is extremely low maintenance and hence reduce the risk of faults when away from home.  

 

I looked at a whole list of off the shelf touring bikes, Thorn, Surly, Van Nicholas and was very keen on a Van Nicholas Deveron which comes with all the furnishings you could want and is Titanium.  I found one that I liked but got conflicting answers when enquiring about sizing.  With all the disruption of COVID during 2020 and uncertainty around Brexit, I didn’t want to travel the length and breadth of the country to try off the peg bikes.  If you’ve looked at my previous bikes, you will know that I have only ever bought off the shelf bikes and largely kept to the original components other than Saddles.  Ideally, I wanted something that was British made that I could spec as much of myself as possible. 

 

I dropped a post on a couple of FaceBook sites in response to other tourer questions and a comment was posted from Liz Colebrook of Beaumont Bicycles. Liz makes bespoke bicycle frames and builds to your specification. 

 

We had a video conference call and discussed what I was after.  I’d got a few clear ideas and Liz helped with my thinking and offered other options I hadn’t considered.  Immediately, that was what I wanted to do. 

 

In late August 2020, I drove up and spent a couple of hours with Liz in her workshop.  I’d done some more thinking by then.  We chatted further on options and consideration as we homed in on the detail.  Liz showed me some of the kit she had – including a Rohloff, so I could see for myself what was achievable. 

 

We discussed all manner of options, from frame geometry right down to what colour rivets should go on the saddle!  I was left with a clearer idea and lots to think about.  Meanwhile, Liz was left to draw up a quote for me with the ideas we had discussed.

 

The quote duly arrived, and I immediately went about researching every item on there, primarily as a learning curve for me, and to check that I was sure that’s what I wanted.  Whilst the original quote specified exactly what we’d discussed, I took a look to see where I could improve by upgrading essential items, or down grading others whilst keeping within the budget I had set aside. I was thinking Good-Better-Best.

 

We revised the quote and I paid my deposit. By now it was the end of September 2020 and I was officially in the queue. The impact of Covid and Brexit meant delay, delay, delay.  Plus the ressurgence on cycling globally, meant supplies were scarce never mind the logistic delays and Brexit red tape! It's now August 2021, and I finally collected my new bike mmid-July.  It was worth the wait!

I have ridden c200 miles so far, and have a few tweaks I'd like to do, primarily to fit rather than component changes.  I will however, change the handle bars at some point to something with a bit more sweep, and will raise them slightly for additional comfort.  Other than that, I'm delighted with the bike and how smooth the gears are!  I'd never go back to deraillieurs now for my 'main' bike!