Efficiency and Electrics

Despite the bike being a very old innovation it is still one of the most efficient transport vehicles known to man. Even a simple steel bike with one gear can propel a person at about 4 times walking pace whilst using just half the energy, making it 8 times more efficient than walking. The only […]

Our New Website

Well it’s here..we are still updating it and refining its content and functionality. We are well aware than the products are not well represented here yet..kind of a basic failing you might say….well rest assured that new pics showing the new range are on their way, each picture showing another wonderful feature of our RodfordBuilt […]

Build your own Box Bike.

So you want to build your own box bike? At Rodfordbuilt we applaud innovation, those creative “men and women in sheds” and we like to support people who wish to do their own thing. So here’s a few things to consider when designing your own box bike. Some information to help you avoid some of […]

Be safe, Be seen. Fluorescence and reflectance

When cycling the dark winter commute, being seen is half the battle in staying safe. To be seen as the light fades, you need both Fluorescent and Reflective surfaces on your bike / clothing. Here is a short analysis on how these materials work to help when selecting clothing or accessories for increased visibility. Reflectance […]

Tiring

Mention a tyre and most people will visualise a rubber band around a wheel to soften the ride and provide grip, but this seemingly simple device is actually quite complex. The complexity raises questions about which is the right tyre for a particular purpose and how you should choose a tyre for a particular vehicle. […]

Speaking of Spokes……

Perhaps you are wondering about the mechanics behind the bicycle wheel, how spokes work, what lacing patterns can be used and so forth. More likely, perhaps your not. Regardless, here are a few words on the fascinating topic of spokes. The spoked wheel was first conceived by Mr George Cayley who was an early pioneer […]

Buckle up and knuckle down

In order to reduce the weight of a bike it is important to explore tube dimensions such as wall thickness/diameter ratios and length/diameter ratios to determine the best dimensions for the purpose. Looking into this can lead to a somewhat interesting (for some at least) foray into stress analysis and buckling theory. Referring to a […]

Balancing Bikes

It is a surprising fact that even though the bike is 200 years old this year (2017), it is still difficult to explain exactly how it works. It is a case that we know what works and what doesn’t and how to build a really good bike; but not really why. However one thing is […]

Bespoked 2017

Once again this year we were proud to be part of Bespoked the handbuilt bicycle show, a showcase of world-class, hand-made bikes from all over the world……and little local ‘Rodford Built’ with our own sturdy handbuilt style. Highlights from the show included Feather cycles, always quality, August bicycles with their handsome city bike and Sven bikes […]

Food Distribution..by Bicycle.

Great to be able to finally talk about our latest collaboration. We have been working with Fareshare (food redistribution) and Boston Tea Party (Cafe chain). Fareshares wonderful initiative to fight hunger and reduce food waste now has a Rodfordbuilt cargobike to help with their Bristol Logistics. Thanks to Boston tea Party for facilitating the purchase. […]