Reynolds 853 Road Bike

This self-built Reynolds 853 bike is my work horse. The bike I ride through the winter months and commute to work on daily. I have used it for cyclocross racing too but it was designed really as a multi-purpose machine. Unfortunately, the mud clearance behind the bottom bracket is not conducive to British cyclocross conditions! It’s probably more a gravel-type bike really, although that was less of a ‘thing’ when it was built.

It has mudguard mounts and rack mounts which are well utilised for year round riding and load carrying. However, the picture below is with the bike in race set up.

Self-built Reynolds 853 bike in race set-up

This bike was the result of a frame building course I took a few years ago with Downland Cycles in Kent. Now I like things to be just right, and there are a few mistakes here and there that irk me a bit. But how many people are riding a bike they built themselves?!? And despite these errors it rides really beautifully, which has taught me something important about bike frames.

The intrinsic quality of the materials used to make a bike frame really do show when you come to ride it. You can not make a good bicycle out of scaffolding tubes! Reynolds 853 is the tube manufacturer’s top non-stainless steel offering, more info can be found on their website. Even an amateur like me can make a very competent frame under the right tutelage. So just imagine what a master craftsman could build for you!


The build is as follows:

  • Frame – Reynolds 853
  • Groupset – Campagnolo Veloce
  • Wheels – Campagnolo Scirocco CX35
  • Fork – Kinesis Pure CX
  • Brakes – Tektro 926AL Mini V-Brake
  • Headset – Chris King No Thread
  • Handlebar – Ritchey
  • Stem – Deda Elementi Quattro 2
  • Seatpost – Easton EA70
  • Saddle – Brooks Cambium C15
  • Tyres – Continental Cyclo X King RaceSport
  • Pedals – Shimano SPD