We recently took a tour of Ridley's factory in Belgium to see how they design and paint their frames

Ridley’s Belgian factory paints and finishes its raw carbon frames before assembly into complete bikes. It also designs custom paintwork and logos for its bespoke and professional team bikes.

The shop floor with painted frames ready for assembly

The shop floor at Ridley’s factory with painted frames ready for assembly.

6 on screen

The design for the finished bike and its logos is set out on computer before the logos are laser cut from blank sheets. the wording across the top of the designer’s screen suggests a bit of frustration with changing specifications.

10 paints and coats

Frames are painted up in a clean area, which is kept free from dust.

8 applying

Then decals are applied by hand to the frame and the forks.

13 dust free finish

After painting and adding the logos, the frames are rubbed down to make sure that the finish is blemish-free.

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18 made in belgium

Finished frames are then assembled into complete bikes, including the bikes used by the Lotto-Soudal professional team.

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All photos by Simon Scarsbrook