Marks disc road
“Having recently got into cycling, with my 40th birthday approaching and having a liking for something slightly different to the norm, the idea of a bespoke bike appealed. Despite a preference for dark chocolate digestives rather than fig rolls (though Harry is right, fig rolls go much better in a jersey pocket) after a visit to the Field Cycles workshop, and a chat over a brew, I put down my deposit and the wait began.
Harry patiently put up with my indecision over aspects of the build as my place in the queue approached. Once in production, it was Tom’s turn to cope with my fluctuating thoughts on the paintwork. We settled on a frame ideal for the bumpy roads of the Peak District the bike would mostly be ridden in and a paint design inspired by its colours; the differing shades of green throughout the year, the purple of the heather and the yellow of the gorse.
Whilst there’s more flashy elements, perhaps my favourite part is the top tube. Here John’s meticulous layering of paint produces a depth of colour that changes as light plays off it. The paint, along with Tom’s design, accentuate Harry’s craftsmanship as the tube tapers from being circular on leaving the seat tube to become oval as it perfectly blends into the head tube. For me it is a great example of how the teams individual skills and expertise combine beautifully to produce the unique finished item that is a Field.
Others who’ve grown up cycling are far more qualified than me to talk about the zingy ‘Field feel’ and how it compares to other bikes, but I love how it responds on the short steep slopes of the Peaks, and is equally at home cruising along flatter terrain. Maybe the best compliment, though, is that I’ve ridden it for 200+ km rides through wind and rain and still been smiling at the end.”