Saturday, 31 May 2014

My last Roobaix?

29th June 2014 is an important day on the DSPOKE calendar

It's The 2014 Melburn Roobaix & sorry to say my last whilst living in this great city

The whole DSPOKE family are relocating to New Zealand

Will this stop me from taking part in 2015?

Hopefully not I've travelled the otherside of the hemisphere with one of my bikes, so a 4 hour hop over to the tasmin shouldn't be a problem

This will be my 4th Roobaix now & every year it's got bigger & better. For the last 4 years Nick has been an awesome & great wingman , I can tell you we've seen & experienced all the fun, fall offs, fancy dressed & fucked muscles whilst riding 40km with 2000 other cyclists on bikes all shapes & sizes, tandems,cyclocross,hire bikes, fixies, unicycles, MTB, road, Saturday night specials the list just goes on.

Add the 13 cobbled sections with as many coffee,beer & brunch stops as you can muster & you've got an awesome day out on a bike.

A race it ain't., but great memories for sure

Every year myself & Nick head home to a wonderful roast dinner cooked by the Mrs, we were running on empty, both hurting, lost our power of speech but we still managed to smile every time we thought back what we had just done & think about the last 6hours of madness. 

Anyway I'm not gonna harp on just grab your 2 wheels & get your ass registered for next year 

I'll see you there 


Monday, 12 May 2014

Temporary cease of all DSPOKE projects

Sorry all

I'm afraid to say DSPOKE has temporarily ceased all further projects in Australia until further notice 

I'm relocating overseas to NZ 

Regards 

Darrel

Friday, 1 November 2013

FGCC

Fixed Gear Cycling Club?

Maybe?

A conspiracy theory?

No!!!

On the 5th September 2013 at 9.46pm, Frances Gwen Callula Crook was born, my beautiful daughter is the apple of Daddy's eye. 



Tuesday, 4 June 2013

New arrivals to DSpoke

Well it's been a busy time since I last posted & had put new builds on hold for a while

The arrival of my son Theodore James Crook on 17th April 2012 & yes he's now over a year old & being a parent is the best job in the world

TJ Crook has the hallmarks of a future frame builder as quoted by a really good friend back in Hackney, London

Thanks Ols he'll ride it in the Olympics one day

It's now June 2013 & we're expecting our daughter to arrive in September 2013

DSpoke Minis in the pipeline

I am still operating DSpoke but just at a slower pace than normal

Please feel free to contact as I'm still doing a lot restore & rebuilds or repairs works

I do also have a selection of frames available step throughs, fixie & single speeds at a reasonable price





Thursday, 29 March 2012

Gaetan's DSPOKE

The latest from DSPOKE

The Brunswick Eastside GT

My friend Nick came over to mine for a brew (that's a mug of tea if you're from south of Watford gap) one Saturday afternoon telling me a colleague from his daytime job Gatean (yeah that's French by the way ) really needed a new bike as his old trusty steed was on it's last legs.He mentioned to Gaetan how he could have a new bike designed & built to his own specification, so after making first contact with Gaetan & then a few emails to find out his required tastes & budget.
The first stage was to find out the correct size frame from the measurements Gaetan had given me, height & inside legs measurement ooh suits you sir!!!!! Then the decision of picking out a colour scheme was next from the my colour charts I have available, then after going over some design options & then it was just a case of transferring his ideas before sending Gaetan a couple of draft pictures of different designs & looks. Green & Black was the final choice.
A mistletoe green powdercoat finish to be exact with black wheels & black parts, he didn't want my standard 42 mm deep v  wheels I use on my other bikes in the DSPOKE range so 30mm black rims were chosen instead.
A classic look rather than street was the call from Gaetan. After sourcing a great looking 50cm frame set yeah you heard right 50cm Gaetan wasn't the tallest guy in Melbourne so this would be my smallest design & build yet to date.
But like they say good things come in small packages.

I took the frame & forks to my local powdercoaters & starting sourcing all the parts from local suppliers whilst waiting for the paint shop to complete there magic.
The whole time I had kept Gaetan up to date with progress of works so he always was kept informed to when he would be able to collect his new ride.
After picking up the newly painted frameset from the shop it was time to start installing all the newly sourced parts & the build was now in progress, then when the build was completed it was just a case of road test & making any necessary adjustments to make sure everything was perfectly tune & aligned.

Anyway I've posted some pictures of the finished product below to be honest I stood back when Gaetan first picked out his colour, how wrong I so was it looks amazing so please welcome my latest edition from the DSPOKE workshop.

The DSPOKE Eastside GT.

As built by me, test ridden by Nick & now loved by Gaetan.

Safe & happy riding Gaetan.











 

Sunday, 29 January 2012

DSPOKE NORTHCOTE

It's nearly ready to roll & will be on sale soon

The DSPOKE Northcote

Here's a little peekaboo of my latest creation