Caren Hartley trained as a jeweller and a silversmith who for over 10 years has been making beautiful objects from metal. Thankfully for us she started road cycling a few years ago and has gone from learning to maintain and fix bikes at the London Bike Kitchen to becoming a framebuilder and setting up Hartley Cycles. Based in South London Hartley Cycles aim is to create beautiful bespoke steel bicycles for men and women. Caren is one of only a small number of female framebuilders and has a focus on creating solutions for women and smaller riders. This bike is built for Jenni, the director of London Bike Kitchen and handbuilt from Columbus Spirit tubing. Painted in a great colour that offsets the handmade silver head badge which i think really finishes off this beautiful bike. If you noticed there’s no chain or cables, it’s being built up! The bottom right photo is a sneak preview of the latest custom build, polished stays and silver work on the down tube, looking forward to seeing that one when it’s complete!