• Buying a secondhand steel frame? Read This First

    Thinking of buying a secondhand steel frame?  Want to avoid some of the pitfalls?  Not sure where to start?  Perhaps your thinking of building a bike up to take part in L’Eroica?  Is your secondhand steel frame for a period restoration or modern conversion? The most important question you should answer before even looking at…

  • How to convert an old steel frame to take modern equipment

    Convert an old steel frame to take modern equipment? I would say our customers are split 50:50 between building their renovated frames up with period components and converting them to take modern equipment but in a retro style. There is no right or wrong. Surely its better to give a neglected steel frame and new…

  • San Remo Super: Our Neo-Retro Build with Heart-Shaped Lugs and Reynolds 853 Tubing

    Here at Ellis Briggs, we’ve always been passionate about the art of bicycle frame building. Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to take on a few special orders from customers who were left in the lurch when Mercian Cycles ceased trading. Today, we’re excited to share one of these unique projects—a neo-retro build that perfectly blends…

  • Beltramo “Dolza” overview and history

    A guest post by Giles Jacobs Circa 1932 As promised, here’s an account of my latest build. It was eventually imported from Italy (after over a month languishing with UK customs) and originally came from an elderly collector based in Turin, home city of its artisan frame builder Lino Beltramo. The Dolza name refers to…

  • Farewell to an Icon: Mercian Cycles Ceases Trading

    In the world of cycling, where competition drives innovation and excellence, it’s not often that we pause to reflect on the closure of a competitor. Today, however, we make an exception. After nearly 80 years of craftsmanship, innovation, and dedication to the art of bicycle frame design, Mercian Cycles has ceased trading. It’s with a…

  • Illness

    Illness

    Dear valued clients and partners, I hope this message finds you well. I want to take a moment to address the recent delays in our work and offer my sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. Unfortunately, I’ve been suffering from illness for the past three months. However, I am starting to get…

  • What is a bicycle framebuilder?

    Is “framebuilder” purely a description of someone who builds bicycle frames? Or is it a job title? Does it even matter?  Recently I got into hot water with what I naively thought was a simple question.  I had to re-evaluate my thoughts and perhaps prejudices, in the modern spectrum of identity politics.  Should we apply…

  • As we embrace the spirit of Easter and the blossoming season, we wanted to let our cycling community know that Ellis-Briggs will be taking a short intermission during the holiday weekend. Here’s a quick update on our Easter closing days: Easter Saturday: Taking a Breather On Easter Saturday, our shop will be closed, allowing our…