Eilidh's Velow BYOB

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It all started when...

Eilidh approached VELOW looking for a unique bike for riding around Glasgow and taking her on adventures beyond the city. However, the one condition was that Eilidh wanted to get fully hands-on and help build her own bike. Hence VELOW's Build Your Own Bike service was born. 

The Frame

Eilidh chose a classic Reynolds 531 frame, a Saracen that was in good condition but desperately in need of a repaint; in VELOW Yellow naturally. An appropriate choice for the first VELOW BYOB build. 

Eilidh chose a day to come to the workshop and was involved right from the start. Once the frame was prepped we got down to the picking of components and building the bike. 

 A rare behind-the-scenes photo

A rare behind-the-scenes photo

THE Process

The major benefit of BYOB is that the customer is able to have a say in all aspects of the process, working out what they need and want as the bike build evolves. It also allows me to teach some basics of bike mechanics - valuable skills for anyone who rides a bike. On this occasion Eilidh was able to add a pannier rack as well as hand-pick the gearing and finishing kit. 

The Finished Bike

The entire process took an afternoon, with plenty of tea breaks and time taken on each aspect of the build. I believe Eilidh learned a few new skills and came away with a bike that she can proudly say she build herself. I also learned loads and will now be taking bookings from anyone else interested in being involved in the process of building their own bikes. 

 Eilidh's bike on its maiden voyage; straight out of the workshop and all the way to Linlithgow

Eilidh's bike on its maiden voyage; straight out of the workshop and all the way to Linlithgow

So much fun!!! This bike is amazing. I also almost bet Titus in a race today!
— Eilidh, May 2017