Dan's disc road
When I took delivery in April 2016 of what turned out to be my ‘Mk 1 Field’ I was made up, it was my first taste of the world of custom bikes and frankly it was one of the most beautiful things i’d ever owned. I was looking forward to many years of amazing rides on my dream bike. 15 months later an altercation with a car on a descent in San Francisco put a premature end to that stunning bike and put me back in the market for a 2nd Field.
I reached out to Harry straight away, immediately agreeing to slot me into the queue and to try and sort me a replacement as quickly as he could. With a few months of recovery ahead of me and it was definitely something to look forward to.
We immediately started talking about tweaks to the original frame and i quickly decided to pull the trigger on discs with internal routing and wireless shifting for that super clean look, Harry suggested a slight lengthening of the head tube too, removing the need for spacers to refine the front end.
Myself and Tom then began the conversation on the paint design. Whereas the original bike’s predominately orange paint scheme had been driven by my relocation to San Francisco and the sunny skies of California, Tom challenged me to come up with some new inspirations for the paint design for mk2.
I spent a few weeks trawling through photos of the amazing rides i’d been on since moving to CA, pulling together a collection of key photos to draw a palette from, I also felt strongly that we should nod back to the original frame in some way. Taking all this onboard, Tom spent a few weeks crafting away before coming back to me with a design that just exceeded my wildest expectations. I didn’t think my original orange road machine could be bettered but somehow I was looking at a new design that took elements of the original and built and improved on it in every way.
A long few final months followed, waiting for my frame to be built and painted with the teasers shared by John on Instagram in the final weeks only making the wait more unbearable. But finally in mid April I got confirmation from Harry that the frame was shipping, I called my local bike shop to tell them the build was finally on!
Unwrapping the frame for the first time it was like Christmas come early, the paintwork was truly as amazing as i’d hoped, the attention to detail was sublime, within a couple of days the bike was fully built up and ready to go.
The minute I set off on that first ride I found myself grinning like an idiot, that ‘Field feel’ was evident in every aspect of the bike and it’s just an absolute pleasure to ride. Everyone talks about that zingy feel but its difficult to truly understand until you ride a Field yourself. The geometry was spot on and with the updates to brakes and groupset I’m riding a truly modern custom road bike, I’m one very happy customer.
A few months on, I’ve logged quite a few miles and recently found myself moving back to the UK, i’m still grinning on every ride whether it’s a quick commute to work or exploring the country lanes around London at weekends. I’m looking forward to plenty more adventures on this beauty.