From Frome with love: BTR Fabrications’ custom steel frames

BTR Fabrications is a small firm based in Frome, in England’s South West, and is best known for its range of custom steel hardtails.

Last year, BTR teamed up with BikeRadar sibling, What Mountain Bike magazine and produced an ultra long and slack custom-build trail bike for the mag’s former editor – now one of BikeRadar’s tech editors – Jon Woodhouse. You can read all about that, and ogle the curiously long creation, right here.

Now a few months into ownership of his bike, Jon decided to catch up with Tam from BTR. Watch as Tam touches on the history of BTR, the design and manufacturing involved in the firm’s workshop as well as the unique customer serviced offered by the Frome framebuilder.


The two also take the opportunity to have a razz on the latest hardtail from BTR, the Ranger, which you can read more about here.

Related: How long can you go? Jon Woodhouse’s extreme geometry hardtail

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Boulder’s Full Cycle changes ownership

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —?As of Jan

Mark Gouge to join CyclingTips.com as it builds US staff

DURANGO, Colo.?(BRAIN) — Cycling media veteran Mark Gouge is joining Australia-based CyclingTips.com as its North American sales director.? CyclingTips, which recently merged with BikeExchange, is expanding in the U.S.

Mark Gouge to join CyclingTips.com as it builds US staff

DURANGO, Colo.?(BRAIN) — Cycling media veteran Mark Gouge is joining Australia-based CyclingTips.com as its North American sales director.? CyclingTips, which recently merged with BikeExchange, is expanding in the U.S. The website recently hired former VeloNews editor in chief Neal Rogers and technical editor James Huang, who is joining from BikeRadar.com. Gouge spent six years at VeloNews in ad sales, then joined ConsumerReview four years ago, selling ads for MTBR.com and RoadBikeReview.com

BikeRadar gear of the year: Matthew Allen’s 2015 roadie picks

Readers of The Skinny and 11spd may have noted that my glass isn’t so much a half-empty vessel as a void of nothingness and despair. Despite this, I do experience from time to time the faintest twinge of pleasure when presented with gear that doesn’t suck.

Luckily 2015 has been a good year for lovers of bike tech, and 2016 is showing great promise too. Here are five things that moved the needle for me over the last 12 months…

Focus Izalco Max Disc


Related: Focus Izalco Max Disc – first ride

You’re probably sick to death of hearing about how disc brakes are taking over the world, but this is my gear of the year, so suck it up. I haven’t had the opportunity to review it over the long term yet, but the Izalco Max Disc impressed me enormously at the launch. It’s the first disc machine I’ve ridden where it really felt like there was no compromise at all, a bona fide race bike that rides sublimely and which just happens to have really good brakes.

Garmin Edge 20

Speedplay Zero Pavé pedals

Superstar Pacenti SL23/Icon Ultra wheels

Chien King rice husk pedals

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Velocare hires Erik DeKold as national sales director

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BRAIN) —??Velocare, a new-bicycle extended warranty provider in the U.S., has hired Erik DeKold as its national sales and marketing director

Interbike: Key brands commit to new East Coast event

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike announced that SRAM, Cannondale, Santa Cruz, Fox Racing, Pivot and KHS are among the brands that have committed to exhibiting at its new event next fall called CycloFest.

SBS to stop selling Shimano components

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Seattle Bike Supply will stop distributing Shimano components by the end of November. Accell North America, owner of SBS, has been narrowing its P&A assortment and consolidating warehouses

15 ways to winter-proof your mountain bike

Winter weather shouldn’t be any reason to stop riding, but it is important to be aware of how tough these conditions can be on your bike and kit. Thankfully, a few simple and inexpensive precautions can prevent the mud, grit and moisture of winter from taking its toll on your pride and joy.

Follow our simple guide to get your bike ready for the toughest trail conditions – by doing so you could save yourself a whole lot of trouble later on.

You’ll require

  • Time: One hour
  • Difficulty rating: Medium
  • Tools: Anti-seize; pedal wrench / 6mm or 8mm Allen key; 4 and 5mm Allen keys; P-handled Torx T25 key; carbon assembly paste; electrical tape


Many pedals use a 15mm pedal spanner for removal, but there is an increasing trend for Allen key recesses to be used on the pedal axle. If the latter applies to your pedals, a long 6mm or 8mm Allen key makes removal easy. Whichever system your pedals use, the removal process is identical. Whichever pedal you are working on, undo towards the rear wheel – the left pedal has a reverse thread.

Once the pedals are removed from the cranks, give the threads on the crank arm and the pedal axle a wipe with a lint-free rag. Check for visible signs of damage to the threads that may cause problems when you re-install. Apply a layer of anti-seize to the pedal and crank arm threads. Most manufacturers label pedals ‘left’ or ‘right’ to help prevent confusion as to which one goes where. When you’re re?tting, tighten towards the front wheel.

  • Remove cable ties from your fork stanchions because dirt can build up underneath and cause wear. Zip-ties are a great way to measure sag when setting up forks, but remove them straight after it’s done. The scratches and gouges they cause are not good and a zip-tie is a whole lot cheaper to replace than your fork stanchion.
  • When installing carbon parts, use carbon assembly compounds to help stop your bars or seatpost slipping. Don’t be tempted to use regular anti-seize or grease.
  • Wet weather riding can result in water seeping through the eyelets of your wheel rims. This adds excess weight, perishes rim tape, can seize nipples in place and makes puncture repairs a real mess. Next time you puncture, take the opportunity to wipe any excess moisture out from inside the tyres and rim tape.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Cincinnati’s Oakley Cycles plans move and name change

CINCINNATI?(BRAIN) — Oakley Cycles, a 34-year-old retail business, will move to a new location in January, and will change its name, as well.? The new store, in the Mariemont Crossing shopping center, will be known as Fifty West Cycling Company, as it will join?Fifty West Brewing Company in Mariemont Crossing. The center includes the brewing company’s production facility, sand volleyball courts, Mariemont Livery, and Pizzelii Pizza, which come together to create a recreation complex for outdoor enthusiasts and craft beer connoisseurs. The complex is at 7669 Wooster Pike.