At Poetry in Motion and Yourspokes we pride ourselves on quality and expertise, and rely on complete customer satisfaction for repeat trade and positive word of mouth. That we why we take every project on with the the upmost commitment and a real desire to produce a world class product.

We are so confident in our our work that we offer a full lifetime warranty on all wheels that leave the Poetry in Motion workshop. We will also re-true free of charge and replace any spoke if the worst does happen.

Bicycle frame building

At Poetry in Motion I do not just build great wheels. I also am a custom frame builder, building everything from track bikes, road bikes all the way to mountain bikes for people 6’5”+

It’s important to me that my bikes are unlike any other and unique to you and how you ride. Each little piece, from the dropouts and cable adjusters, to each individual tube, is selected just for you.
I love detail! but I love the understated design of a custom made frame even more. Your frame is going to exude care and craftsmanship without gaudy over the top bling. I’m talking about details that 30 years into the future, as you lean your beaten up bike, covered in mud and chipped paintwork against a wall, passers-by will take the time to comment “that is a fine bit of craftsmanship”.

So you love your new wheels. You are delighted with your gear set. Yet there seems to still be something amiss and it is likely to be your frame. A custom made frame is made specifically for your body and the components that you already have. Taking into consideration your physical needs, your riding style, the speeds at which you ride and the terrain you cycle, I design and build a frame which meets these requirements and which uses the best materials and the most effective techniques available.


The tubing I use comes from Columbus (Italy) and Reynolds (UK). The new steel alloys that these master metallurgists produce are more than twice the strength of most of the materials commonly used. Using these top quality strongest materials allows us to make some of the lightest steel frames on the market.


I use silver to build my lug frames, as it has a very low melting temperature allowing the matrix of the steel to be left virtually unchanged and its strength unaffected.
I also use fillet brazing using brass when creating a frame which requires a seamless flow from tube to tube.

The process

So, you’re looking to get some custom wheels built, or a frame, or indeed an entire bicycle. The next stage is to call me for a consultation. I’ll work through a series of questions in order to ascertain exactly what you want and what you need. Once I’ve taken a little time to create the design that will work for you I will give you a quote and time scale. If you wish to proceed, I require a 35% deposit (non refundable) prior to starting the building of your bike. If necessary we can go to York Cycleworks for custom fitting in their state of the art ‘Trek Precesion Fit’ studio.

Bicycle wheel building

In consultation with you I can build almost any wheel you can think of from 12″ up to 36″ wheels (Yes 36″ mountain bike wheels) and for almost any sort of Unicycle, Bicycle, Tricycle and Quadricycle you own. 

For peace of mind all wheels from the Poetry in Motion workshop come with our lifetime guarantee as standard. 

Cycle mechanics should pride themselves on building wheels but here at Poetry in Motion we have gone a step further by specialising in hand building the best the quality wheels to keep you upright and enable you to take full advantage of our experience in custom building just about any wheel, for any bike, for any situation.

I will select the perfect spokes for your needs from the full range of Sapim, Alpina and Pillar spokes that I stock. Additionally, I stock a range of folding bike spokes. CX Ray and Fulcrum spokes can be ordered through us at your request.

The rims regularly stocked are Mavic, Ryde, Campagnolo, DT Swiss, Brompton and our own custom made Carbon Rims which have been tried and tested. They are made with a Basalt resin so not only is the braking surface is rated to 225’c,  the hole rim is, so there is no blistering or warping.

Hubs regularly in stock include Shimano, Campagnolo, Miche, Hope, DT Swiss, Rohloff, Son and Nova Tec.

Bicycle restoration

Wondering what to do with the rusty old bike found in the back of a shed somewhere?

Why not have it restored to its former glory!

One of the most satisfying jobs I get asked to take on are the ones that involve taking an old bike which has been neglected, forgotten about and left to rust and to use my skills to sympathetically restore it, whilst attempting to keep all the original paint and decals. Or to restore it to its former perfection by cleaning up the tubing, using custom paint work, custom decals and renewing components in an authentic style appropriate to the period bike. I am able to restore any vintage bicycle in a way which retains both its value and its heritage.

Bicycle Servicing

In addition to bicycle building and restoration I offer a host of other services which will help you to keep your bicycle in tiptop shape and keep you safely on the roads. These include:

full service

puncture repair

brake adjustment

gear / drivetrain servicing

...and anything else you and your bicycle require.