We will bring you more videos soon, product reviews, cargo news and introductions to our bike designs Meanwhile here is a short look at us building our bikes, which are genuinely hand-built in Bristol.
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 […]
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 […]
We are cock-a-hoop to be sending out another delivery bike this week. This is one of our finest builds, a long chassis Sherpa box bike, with E-assist, integrated lighting and a lightweight commercial box. This bike will be delivering bread for the artisan bakery “The Oven” based in Bath in the U.K. This is the […]
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 […]
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. […]
Many of our hub geared bikes favour the use of a chain tensioner but comments from observers indicate that some people think this an unnecessary complication. What can we say about this? First of all, there is the fact that we have chosen vertical slots for our custom drop outs. This ensures that the back […]
Production looms…the excitement builds We have been working on the CAD designs for our husky and the boxbike..daily we go through the details so that once we commit to small scale mass production we don’t get bitten on the bottom. You might say that “small scale” and “mass production” are phrases that do not sit […]
Aerodynamics is a heavily debated subject in all transport systems, but why is it so important? One reason is that aerodynamic drag increases massively as speed increases. Roughly speaking it can be viewed as a “Cube Law”. A cubed number is a number multiplied by itself twice. For example 2 cubed = 8. or in […]
In cargo bike design a lower bottom bracket is favourable. It gives a lower step over and a lower centre of gravity; but the ground clearance is also reduced, most notably the pedal clearance when cornering. So what is the ideal bottom bracket height and how does is relate to pedal strike angle? It is […]
Many bikes sold in the U.K are tailored towards sport and leisure riding. There’s nowt wrong with that and if you enjoy fast road cycling or getting proper muddy up in the hills, then you should carry on; good on you for getting out there. However here at Rodford we think there is a case […]
Bicycle brake systems can be disc, drum, roller or rim. There are hydraulic and cable versions too. Rodford bikes are often fitted with drum brakes and people have questioned their suitability. Here we set out to describe the benefits and drawbacks of some of the available systems and the considerations you should make when choosing […]
We appear to be the Bespoked UKHBBS Frame builder of the week this week. Check out the article here and find out why Rodford built Utility Bikes are more than just a frame and why we are passionate about bikes that offer practical transport.
As you might gather if you have read our previous blog entries, we’re off to the Bristol Handbuilt Bicycle Show in about 7 weeks, held in Bristol’s Temple Meads it gives Europe’s finest frame-builders the change to show off their wares. We will be there (as we normally are) to add a bit of utility […]
A glimpse of our bikes and our plans for the future. This year is a big year for us as we are slowly getting our complete range of bicycles up together. If you have a specific interest in any particular model, please let us know and we can keep you posted on developments.