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The bespoke constructors challenge

This weekend Rodford exhibited in the Arnolfini gallery as part of the Bespoke handmade bicycle show. The constructors challenge was for bicycles built for a specific purpose.

We are working with Marks bread of Bristols Southville to improve his delivery by bike capability. The Behemoth front box is for the bulky but lightweight bread cargo and will be covered by a flexible rainproof cover. The improvements to his existing setup (workcycles FR8 and carry freedom trailer will include, disc braking, electric assist (sunstar so3) and larger, more adaptable carrying capacity (there is also a rear rack to fit).

His existing bike has been fitted already with a Nuvinci N360 infinitely variable gearbox and that gearbox also features on the new delivery bike and is ideally suited to the delivery bike role.   

3 thoughts on “The bespoke constructors challenge

  1. Hi, I saw the photographs (by dairyboybob) on Flickr, and then I did a Google search to find this site (here)… I have gone ahead and mentioned you in a post on Bikeforums.net , Utility Bike Forum.

    1. Thanks, the comments about the size of the box is right, the anticipated weight of a full load is about 40-50 kilos..it will have weight limit labels all over it and it is ridden by trained staff…It was commissioned specifically by Marks bread of Bristol..to replace his workcycles FR8 and carry freedom trailer..(that Really Useful Bikes supplied and maintain). The production version will be more demure and a more regular boxbike size. in fact it is anticipated that because of the handmade nature of the Rodford bikes, a custom length can be discussed.

    2. regards the spring tensioner, this was our reasoning https://www.flickr.com/photos/8083795@N06/17211742421/

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