Bicycles by Design profiled by BBC

Carlton Reid
Bicycles by Design profiled by BBC

BBC property programme Escape to the Country profiled Bicycles by Design on Tuesday. The Coalport company is owned by 30-year industry veterans Peter Bird and Robert Wade. They made Swallow hand-built bicycle frames – and other products – from a former industrial warehouse close to the historic valley of Coalbrookdale.

Presenter Jonnie Irwin – said by the BBC to be a "keen cyclist" – interviewed Bird for the five-minute profile, and even had a go at welding the dropout on to a fork. Irwin praised the "artisan level craftsmanship" at the firm, but said it was also at the bleeding edge of new technology because it made bikes with "built-in wifi to change gears.”

The episode is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer. It starts at 35 minutes 46 seconds.

 

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Tags: craft , bicycle building , hand-built cycles

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