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This feature offers the opportunity to learn more about exhibitors’ individual style and inspirations, as well as giving an insight into their behind the scenes preparation for Bespoked 2014.

Every week we will ask a couple of different framebuilders the same five questions and along with photos of them, their workshops and the bikes they make display them on these pages.

1. What defines your style as a framebuilder?

I think what defines my style is a clean contemporary understated aesthetic. I’m not afraid to try something new and I approach the entire bike rather than simply build a pretty frame - I look at frame, components and rider as one. I build mostly fillet brazed frames, this means no restrictions and allows me to use whatever geometry and tubing I feel is most suited to the rider and their needs. I like details that don't scream, ones that creep up on you, you know, take a couple of looks...

2. Who, or what, has inspired you?

Anyone out there putting their balls on the line. I’m inspired by all makers, racers, athletes and builders, anyone who follows their dreams, commits and sticks to their beliefs. On a per bike basis, inspiration comes from discussions with the customer, that way you can really make the bike resonate with them.

3. Are you preparing anything special for Bespoked 2014?

I’ve not really started thinking about it yet, well I say that, I've got a few ideas, don't wont to let on too much just yet though...·Have put that off until the new year, have to be strict with Bespoked or it will take over your life! What I have there will depend on what’s in the order book…

4. Where is your favourite place to ride?

On a 2 mile airstrip drafting my old Zephyr…Or if I cant do that simply heading out into the Norfolk country side on the road bike. When I've been away a while there's nothing like riding down through the Wensum Valley late on a sunny evening, that’s where the world opened up for me as a kid. But I’m happy anywhere, I've been lucky enough to ride in some amazing places over the years.

5. If you weren’t a framebuilder, what would you be?

I think I'd be working with wood. I’ve got a real thing for formed ply wood. Or I'd be running a crazy golf course, I dream of designing my own crazy golf course one day!

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Tom Donhou - Donhou Bicycles

London, UK


Tom with his '100mph bike' Photo - Goldseal Photography

Winner of Bespoked 2011 Best in Show - Photo Kayti Peschke


Maker - Tom Donhou

Designer - Tom Donhou

Donhou Bicycles

Where - Norwich

Number Made PA - 30


Using traditional methods but not afraid to throw in a few modern ones we build beautiful bicycles. They're built with the foundations of clear thinking and a love for working with the customer and the design process in which your dream bicycle is translated from mind to physical being. Parts are sourced from the UK as much as possible and its important to be as gentle on our world as we can. But in the end, it's handing over your bicycle knowing that it is truly an extension of yourself and both of us excited about the road that lays in front of it...

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East London

Web - www.donhoubicycles.com

Email -tom@donhoubicycles.com

Phone - 07828 817 081

Framebuilders of the week
getting to know the people that make the bikes


Previous framebuilders of the week

Advanced Velo Design - Karl Sparenberg

Ahearne Cycles - Joseph Ahearne

Craddock - Richard Craddock

Donhou Bicycles - Tom Donhou

Grim Bicycles -Rollo Lunn


Previous framebuilders of the week

Mawis - Mathias Scherer

Malcolm Custom

Satoma Cycles

Shand Cycles - Steven Shand

Strawberry Bicycles- Andy Newlands

Sven Cycles - Darron Coppin

Sword Cycles - Tim Leicester

Wittson Custom

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