Richard’s road bike was built with the aim of having a good solid road bike that was pretty light and fast. This is the kind of bike I like riding myself, and it’s always good to be able to use personal riding experience when making a bike. Columbus Spirit was the order of the day on this one, with oversized but round tubes that keep the look of the bike classy, but are light and stiff too. It was perfect for his trip out to the mountains with his Partner Lucinda.

Richard wanted quality components that can be relied upon, so we went for the obvious choice when it came to bearings and used Chris King components all around, combined with ENVE Composites rims, forks and cockpit. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to ride quality. We decided on Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical for this build as it’s a little lighter than Di2.

For the paint, Richard had it in mind that he wanted to do something fun and pretty different. We spoke about safari ideas but didn’t exactly want it to look like a giraffe or leopard, so we passed the notes onto my painter, Tommy. He basically freestyled it. I love the effect of torn paper masking tape, which left a jagged edge around the colours. Overall, this is a super classy and solid, fit for purpose road bike.