August Bicycles

Gavin Buxton





Maker - Gavin Buxton

Where - Norfolk

Designer - Gavin Buxton

August Bicycles






August Bicycles has evolved from the renowned UK wheel building operation August Wheelworks, to offer bespoke frames alongside quality wheel services. The Bespoked 2016 show sees the August Bicycles order book officially open after a year of building for R&D purposes and just as with his wheel builds, Gavin Buxton seeks to offer a totally personalised and custom service that will see bicycle enthusiasts coming back for many more 'new bike days'.






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1. Do you remember your first bike?

Yes, but what I tend to remember more are bikes that have had a huge impact on me, whether because I rode them with good friends or somewhere that was a once in a lifetime opportunity. When I think about bikes that have made a lasting impression, it’s every bike on every new bike day, the one I rode to become National Downhill Champion, the one I rode as part of Team GB and the first one that I ever built myself. It’s these bikes that I’ll never forget.



2. How did you get into building bikes?

Initially, I was a wheelbuilder, as August Wheelworks, which came about through necessity. As a teenager, I had little money to spend on having my wheels fixed when I bashed them up, so started fixing and building them myself. This carried on, with people asking me to build theirs and August was born a few years ago. I always hoped to start building my own frames, but I didn’t want to rush in before I was ready or had the facilities to do so, but now I've got a workshop at home and a supportive partner, so last year felt like the right time to start giving everyone an idea of what I can do.


3. How would you define your style as a framebuilder?

I've got 16 years experience as an engineer and I think I've brought that into my framebuilding as I'm all about integration! I like to think of, design and implement clever ways to solve common problems, leaving a clean and unfussy bike. It’s the small touches that can so easily go unnoticed that make a lot of difference to me; a customer or potential customer might not see them, but I know they are there and I know they are serving a real purpose.


4. Who or what has inspired you along the way?

My dad has always been a cyclist, so I think he has had a huge influence on me, but I find inspiration, basically, from being a cyclist myself. I know what looks and feels good to me and it’s great that other people seem to share my thoughts and take on things. There are so many amazing builders out there that it would take forever to list everyone that I think is doing awesome work, but I come across something that I think is fantastic nearly every day.


5. What can we expect to see from you at Bespoked 2016?

It’s all about the bikes this year, so no wheelbuilding tools! I do still build wheels for customers, but for the show I'm planning to bring a range of bike styles that will, hopefully, show how diverse I can be. There should be something for everyone!


6. Where is your favourite place to ride?

So many places! Boston was amazing, I went to The Alps last year, I often go to Wales with friends too, but living in the Norfolk countryside, there are plenty of beautiful and relatively quiet lanes that make for lots of happy hours in the saddle. I actually need to get out and ride more; like so many of my framebuilder friends, I have been unable to find the time to get out as much as I’d like, but the Rapha Festive 500 was a good kick start.



and finally…

7. If you weren’t building bikes for a living what would you be?

I'm pretty sure that I would still be an engineer; you don’t do a job like that for 16 years and just stop! I like to think I’d be involved in the cycling world, in some way and that I would find an outlet for my ideas and need to ‘tinker’. I can’t imagine ever doing a job that doesn’t naturally make me try to think of a way to improve things, unless I could be paid to be my dog’s full-time entertainer. That would be great.!

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