Geoff Roberts summer get together a huge success!

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The first Geoff Roberts open day was a huge success.

Over 75 people attended and it was well received by everyone. The weather was perfect, we were so lucky. We had a free BBQ soft refreshments and a few beers for those who needed one!

People came from all over the South, Harry Rowland the well known wheel builder even rode in from Ramsgate. plus Roy who had driven down the night before who came from Stockton.

Lots of local club cyclists came, some cycled and some drove so many cyclists who had never met before had a common interest. Which made them friends from the start.

It was also an opportunity to meet Geoff Roberts himself and to talk about anything cycle related.

The bikes ranged from the 60’s to the latest ones. The were mountain bikes 'dogs bollox' and even a Roberts trike ridden in from Hailsham for the first time in 18 years!

We had a best Roberts competition which was won by Tim Bright, with his 70’s fast back. The judges were Simon Prior from Phoenix Cycles Eastbourne and Glen Mitchell who rode in the 1980 Olympics held in Russia, who is a friend of Geoffs.

Lots of frame building veterans came with the frames built up that they had made, and lots of comparing with each other took place. It was interesting see how a basic frame could differ with different colour combinations. Once the frame has a saddle, pedals and group sets on they look amazing. Quite rightly, the owners are super proud of a bike that they have made themselves.

The day was such a huge success that we are already thinking about next years. We have already been asked if we know the date so that the date can be earmarked in dairies. It’s going to be especially poignant as it would have been Geoffs dad's Chas ,the founder of Roberts 100th birthday. So we will be marking this event in his honour.

Check out some of the photos in our gallery - Robert Gallery

Roberts Penny Farthing

We stumbled upon a classic car show in Pevensey, near Eastbourne and saw this child’s Penny Farthing being displayed. It had been re-sprayed from it original red to black. But never-the-less instantly recognisable as a Roberts frame.

Geoff was amazed as the last time he saw one was as a schoolboy.

It bought back memories of when they were made and the way these penny farthings nearly ruined Roberts Frames in its infancy.

The company who ordered them wanted 1000 and wanted them in a hurry. They didn’t pay a deposit as in those days your word was your bond.

Geoff's father, Charlie made the frames working day and night and Geoff spent hours and hours filing them in the basement of the family home, which at the time was the Roberts Frames workshop.

Geoff even dodged school to get the order completed, which they did in time.

Unfortunately the company knocked them for the money and it very nearly bankrupted them.

Then unbelievably Geoff was contacted by an old friend George who had 2 of these rare things. He has restored them and promises to let us ride them on our next visit.

So somewhere out there is another 997, have you got one?

Customer Tours Spain on a Geoff Roberts

Take a look at some lovely photos our customer Robert sent us, along with a little description of his experience touring southern Spain on his new Geoff Roberts frame.

Dear Geoff,

Here are some pictures of my touring bike on the mountain roads of southern Spain. We tightened up the Brooks saddle and put some 38mm Continental TravelContact tyres on it for the rough roads. The bike handles beautifully and is extremely comfortable. The disc brakes have been a revelation. They have superb stopping power, are easy to adjust and give consistent braking both wet and dry. My brother Edward has struggled to stop his bike on steep wet descents with his old cantilever brakes but the Spyre disc brakes have been fantastic. The fork blades certainly seem to be strong enough for the full touring load. We'll send you some more pictures when we get back.

Thank you very much for such an excellent bicycle.

Best wishes,

Robert Simonso