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Field Cycles may not be a household name in the US, but that clearly isn't for good reason. Founded by Harry Harrison, he told me a little story about where Field came from:
I set Field up about five years ago and build the frames and generally keep things moving then my pal from Art college John Burke paints the frames and Tom Smith does the design and photography. We work really well together each completely focusing at their own bit of the puzzle and pushing for the most beautiful bike we can possibly make!
I started to build frames because I love cycling, I love making things and it just sort of joined up in my shed one day - I knew I would never be able to justify spending a fortune on a bike so I thought I had better make one if I want one, I have always looked at beautiful things with a view to making them rather than owning them!
It's a simple thought I think many of us have had, but clearly some of us (Harry and his team) are better at actually completing the vision.
Without getting all wound up in stories, I can't help but to want to learn more about Field as we stay in touch with them and get photos of more of their builds. My hope is to one day that they get a larger presence in the US so we can see these things in person.
Thank you to Harry and the rest of the Field Cycles crew, and here's to hoping a lot more of their bikes make their way into our pages.
photos by Tom Smith and words by Brandon Elliott