This will start with an email to let me know what kind of bicycle you require and I will get back to you with my pricing. My price list covers just about all options, this way you are knowledgeable of the extras that are available and what they are likely to cost.
If you are happy with the pricing and would like to place an order a deposit will be required to be added to the build queue. Once you have placed a deposit, we may not speak for the few months between ordering and organizing your visit. This is normal and helps me to keep on target due to being able to spend more time working on the bikes.
Around 2 months before your frame is due to be built, we will meet to discuss your frame in more detail and finalize materials and build method options. During our meeting, we will also visit York Cycleworks where I work closely with the Cycle Fit technicians Sam and Fraz to make sure that your new bicycle is the best fit that it possibly can be. Above all else, fit, geometry, strength and alignment are the most important factors. The aesthetics, paint and detailing are just an added bonus to make the bike that little bit more special and personal to you.
After our meeting we will finalize parts for the build kit, I am more than happy to help you on what would and would not be good options for your bike. This means that if Shimano 105 or the latest Electronic Campagnolo Super Record EPS is the right thing for the bike and your riding style, I am happy to guide you. We will also discuss colours and paint design during this time. Once I start your frame, the best way to keep up with the progress of the frame being built it by watching the Feather Cycles instagram feed, this is the easiest way for me to post photos from the workshop without wasting precious time spent at the vice.
When your frame is finished I personally take it to the painter, who then looks after the frame with just as much care as myself, every detail is considered and nothing is rushed. My painters take a huge amount of pride in their work and this is the reason that our relationship looks to be a long one. The frames are carefully hand prepped. This means no aggressive shot blasting or mechanical abrasives are used, meaning all lug edges are as sharp and the fillets are left as smooth as I made them.
Finally, the bikes are assembled in my workshop by my friend, Martin. Martin has over 20 years of experience as a mechanic and takes the same amount of care building the bikes as I take building the frames, meaning that when you collect your bike, all that is left to do is what it was intended for.