Swallow Bespoke

Swallow frames

Using the finest modern materials, traditional hand-building skills and 30 years of experience, Peter Bird and Robert Wade will create a bespoke bicycle or tandem frame exclusively for you. There will not be another one like it: a frame that will fit you and respond to your riding style like no other. The design and style can be modern or traditional, it can be whatever you want, and that's the key thing, it's your choice.

We will of course guide, advise and inspire you, and you will have a bicycle that is unique to you. The only thing that each Swallow frame shares apart from exacting quality and workmanship is a solid silver head badge and a hallmarked solid silver number plate. Your frame number is unique as it shows the exact date your frame was finished prior to painting and initialed by who made it.

Swallow bespoke handbuilt bicycle frame Reynolds 953 solid silver number-plate philosophy

Limited edition comes as standard with a Swallow frame: every Swallow frame has only been built as a one-off personal bespoke frame. We have never built a stock Swallow frame, so you can be sure that your frame is as individual as you are. It will reflect your nuances and style, forming an integral part of your riding experience as if it were part of your own body. But it will retain its own personality, willing you to go further or faster, when you are digging deep in your reserves on a long climb or miles from home.

While each frame is a one-off, we have created identical twins. One client, a Saville Row tailor, liked his frame so much that 5 years later he had another made exactly the same so that he could ride one at home and the other in New York for when he was working there. While another had two identical frames built at the same time, one to ride in London, keeping the other to ride at his Spanish mountain villa.

Prices start from £1500 for a lugged Reynolds 853 frame and fork which will build into a fixed/single speed for around £2400 using GB or Cinelli, Miche, Mavic, and Campagnolo components. Add some polished stainless parts to the frame and some gears to the component mix, then the frame price will be around £1600 and the complete bike around £2900.

You can of course specify the components as you wish, but we thought it worth pointing out that investing in a bespoke hand-built frame may not be as expensive as you initially thought. A good frame is for life (especially Reynolds 953 or Columbus XCr as stainless steel obviously will not rust), components can be changed when you want or as they wear out.

Our Philosophy:

To build the best frame for you, your riding style and your needs. We don't blind you with science and tech talk.  We listen to what you say and offer guidance so that you can make informed decisions and choices. We make sure that you are measured and fitted correctly, so no matter what your size or intended use, we will make sure that your bike is correct for you.

We choose from the best modern materials and use a range of techniques to build your frame whether you choose a frame for touring, track, mountain biking, racing, Audax, sportives or just pootling around on. We'll ensure that it's correct for you.

We don't like to restrict you, so you can choose such things as lug designs, or lug-less, fork crowns, braze-ons, or endless options colours for paint or colour schemes or which stainless parts you would like polished. We can also fit S&S Torque couplings to make travelling easier with bikes and tandems.

Please contact us to discuss your frame and to obtain a more detailed quote.

A Bike Radar "first look" at one of our Reynolds 953 frames can be seen here.


Peter and Robert plan to build a limited each a year so please contact us for an estimated delivery date.

A deposit is payable on ordering and is non-refundable if the order is cancelled. You can however, defer your delivery to a later date if need be. Full terms & conditions can be down loaded here.

The process:

We much prefer to deal face-to-face with you as that helps us all to understand what can be achieved and what is possible for your frame and of course to measure you on our sizer.  We can of course, communicate with you via phone, email, letter and Skype if need be.

Read more on how we work and design here.

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