About Us

Bicycles by Design is the product of nearly 30 years experience in the bicycle industry. A collation of ideas, beliefs, services and products, that allow you to buy the best bicycles individually tailored to your needs.

“Details are not details: they are the design” - Charles Eames.

Since 1981, under the Swallow brand, Peter Bird and Robert Wade have hand-built bespoke steel frames for discerning clients.

In 2009 we added made-to-measure hand-made aluminium frames under our Landescape brand and in 2012 complimented this with made-to-measure hand-made carbon fibre tandem frames.

We also sell some of the best-quality small individual brands from Europe and America.

There's no frou-frou or hyperbola, no flannel - just honest, well-designed products and advice.

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Here's a complete timeline showing the history of the Swallow range of bikes, from the very first frame built in 1979

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How to Order

There's a lot of information on our Bicycles by Design web-site to help you figure out which bike you would like, but we expect you will have questions to ask us, so drop us an email or give us a call, how easy is that?

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Frame Building Courses

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Sizing and Fitting

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Ride Before you Buy

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