About TJ Cycles
|Makers of high quality hand built lightweight frames including the 'Flying Gate' design.|
Meet the team
With over 15,000 hours of workshop experience behind me plus another 5,000 hours
clocked up in precision cycle assembly and the same again in customer services,
I am one of a handful of women in the cycle trade with a thorough technical understanding
of this diverse industry and the first woman to pass the original Cytech qualification
established by the Association of Cycle Traders.
I have designed and built several bespoke frames equipped with my own handbuilt wheels
and components tailored to my customers’ needs and wishes “from tubeset to tarmac”.
This is a total joy for me as someone passionate about form, fit and function.
My professional framebuilding jig has been adapted to build the 'Flying Gate'
and I am delighted to be contributing my knowledge to the on-going success of this historic marque.
I first encountered this remarkable frame design aged 20, walking past my local cake shop
– a famous chain of Yorkshire bakers – there against the window was a 'Flying Gate'.
I went in and asked the most likely looking cyclist to tell me all about it.
With great enthusiasm he forsook his place in the queue and regaled me with the marque’s history
and the frame building brilliance of Trevor Jarvis. Years later, I eventually met Trevor - I bowed of course –
and here we are working together as if it was always meant to be.
I continue to inspire those I meet with my enthusiasm and technical wisdom;
I am looking forward to meeting my new customers.
Elizabeth Colebrook BA BSc OT Cytech.
For the full story of Trevor and TJ
Having completed a modern apprenticeship after leaving school,
I studied mechanics and engineering at college.
I spent the first 8 years of my career working for a specialist automotive engineering firm,
where I developed skills in precision machining, fabrication and specialist welding techniques.
During this time I also developed a good knowledge base in engineering fundamentals,
which has enabled me to build frames with an appreciation for construction methods and material choices.
I gained apprentice of the year awards during my training,
and worked alongside some extremely talented individuals. I first met Trevor in 2009,
and learnt the art of frame building. After a few years I began to take on the responsibility of building
the iconic ‘Flying Gate’ during Trevor’s semi-retirement.
My experience in the bicycle industry spans six years,
three of which were spent working for a well-known company manufacturing steel bicycle frames,
predominantly lugged construction. During this time I designed and developed jigs & fixtures,
to improve product quality as well as frame building techniques and good practices.
I pride myself on attention to detail and enjoy challenges that require such skills.
I am looking forward to your enquires and building you a unique frame, to your specification.
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