I knew Charlie from the bike kitchen, where I used to work. He’d come in often, Charlie is a bike killer. He’d break frames, snap cranks, sheer seat posts, basically destroy everything. After his second new shop bought frame I sold him my custom Reynolds 853 single speed mountain bike for commuting on. After a year (a record for Charlie, and the bike is still ok as far as I know) he approached me, as my first paying customer to buy a big, tall, super stiff super strong road bike for sportives, club rides and perhaps some light touring and summer commuting. He’s quite eccentric and wanted something fairly upright, comfortable and that would match his pink ukulele!

Petor Georgallou