There’s something very pleasing about riding a good, solid winter bike, especially when it fits as well as this one.

Hand built with Reynolds 853 ProTeam tubing, it?s also slightly higher spec than is strictly needed for a winter hack, but this increases the bike?s versatility. 853 is Reynolds? second ranking tubeset (after 953) and as such means this bike could be used for virtually anything from racing (minus the mudguards) to touring (with mudguards back on and a rack thrown in for good measure).

The equipment used is swapped straight over from a previous winter bike, and although it?s getting on a bit, it doesn?t detract at all from the ride. The frame came with a set of Dedacciai Black Rain carbon forks with extra clearance and mudguard eyelets, but they
still ride as well as a set of race-specific forks.

A custom-built frame made from a range-topping tubeset is always going to ride well and this ?Rourkie? is no different. It offers the comfort of the heavier steel framesets but with all the zip and responsiveness you?d get from a mid-range carbon frame.

The ride is further helped by the position and balance that only a perfectly fitting bike provides. But it?s no great surprise that a custom bike fits perfectly. Not only that, getting sized up by Brian Rourke is half the fun when done over a cup of tea in the bar above his shop.

Brian Rourke custom build
Distributor Brian Rourke Cycles 01782 835368
Price £695 frameset
Frame Reynolds 853 ProTeam
Fork Dedacciai Black Rain
Size range Custom
Weight 9.96kg/21.95lb
Groupset Shimano 105
Deviations Bontrager chainset, Campag CT Record front mech
Alterations None
Gear ratios 50/36 with 13/25
Wheels Mavic Aksium Race
Tyres Vittoria Open Race Corsa
Bars ITM Pro 260
Stem ITM Forged Lite Lux
Seatpost Deda Metal Stick
Saddle Specialized Alias