Author Topic: UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?  (Read 453 times)

LittleWheelsandBig

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UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?
« on: May 02, 2021, 08:27:57 pm »
I am looking at getting a steel fork made. The arrangement looks mostly normal but is unique, so there is no fork available off the shelf.

Ceeway is out of the type of fork crown that I am looking for and will remain out of stock for many months. Framebuilder suppliers in every country don’t want to export to the UK (fucking Brexit again).

What other UK frame building supplier is out there?
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Re: UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2021, 11:48:15 pm »
When they resprayed my Roberts frame (admittedly quite a few years back now), Argos of Bristol made me a fine pair of Columbus steel forks to replace the carbon forks that originally came with the frame.

(Edit: apologies, I see now that you are looking for a supplier of frame building parts, so my suggestion is of limited usefulness. I failed to read your post correctly.)

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Re: UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2021, 07:50:34 am »
You could try Doug Pinkerton at Redditch (he made a new fork for a friend of mine about a year ago) - 07778 429313   or   https://pinkertonclassiccycles.co.uk/

He also repaired a crack lug on my, now sold, CB Majestic (the one I rode Dun Run on in 2003!)

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Re: UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 08:58:25 am »
Is it a very unusual crown, or just a specific one? I’d suggest looking at the ( increasingly diminishing) uK frame builders and see if any of them are using the type you want; in which case they may have stock. It may be that the corollary is that they build the forks.
Jason Rourke has all the stock and jigs etc from Longstaff’s - after being very good to the family to help them complete orders etc following Mr Longstaff’s death. He might be worth an enquiry.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2021, 09:33:07 am »
I already have a framebuilder, the one who built the frame the fork will be going into. I think I will have to get the details of which fork crowns Ceeway actually has in stock. Resorting to private import of a fork crown is a possibility.
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Re: UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2021, 11:34:46 am »
I already have a framebuilder, the one who built the frame the fork will be going into. I think I will have to get the details of which fork crowns Ceeway actually has in stock. Resorting to private import of a fork crown is a possibility.

Do you have (know of) a supplier on the continent - preferably anglophone or francophone? Going from a private individual on the continent to a private individual in UK might be an easier way of doing it. The worst that i could see happening is that you end up paying VAT in both countries (and I am not sure how likely that is; UK Customs and Excise - if that's what they call themselves these days were saying that the computer systems wouldn't be up and running before july). The last couple of parcels that we have sent - between family members but without a matching surname - have passed without problem.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: UK frame building supplier, not Ceeway?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2021, 07:15:58 am »
Frame building suppliers in the USA, UK and even Australia are easy to find but my limited language skills means I have not yet found any European supplier of fork crowns. I don’t think there are as many custom and hobby frame builders in Europe as in Anglophone countries, though there are several small manufacturers.

The vast majority of investment cast frame parts are made by Everest nowadays, regardless of who’s name is on them. That doesn’t mean you can order them directly. http://www.everest-ind.com.tw/english/produce.htm
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