What started as a completely non-standard way to customise an aluminium hybrid frame has morphed into something really special.  Yes indeed, my trick ‘all-rounder’ project build is almost done and I’m really feeling it!

Inspirations were classic French randonneur bikes, the ‘reflex’ colour schemes found on TVR sports cars & 1990s Klein road bikes and… the peacock, which is the bike’s working title here at Dead Rats Cycles.  The frame is powdercoated & lacquered so appears to be blue or purple, depending what angle you view it from.  The dirt drop handlebars were also coated to match frame, with black steel forks & stem for contrast.  Gone is the original threaded fork, upgraded to an On-One threadless with a nice longer steerer.  Drivetrain features a compact crankset, 11-34 nine speed cassette & bar-end shifters.  The handbuilt wheels are fitted retro tan wall Schwalbe tyres.  I also love mixing black & silver components so have gone down that route too.

She rides really nice – and looks dazzling in the sunshine!  Will get better pics & full spec uploaded soon – waiting for a lovely chap at Ridgeback to send me a beautiful metal headbadge…