We recently met up with Caren Hartley who is a super talented frame builder based in south London. As one of few female frame builders we were eager to have a chat, check out her studio and see what she is currently working on.
Caren studied metalwork and jewellery at the RCA. A love of cycling led her to frame building, which she has been doing for a year now. On top of frame building she also teaches jewellery and silversmith workshops through her other venture Made By Ore.
Caren's favourite ride is to Mersea Island not forgetting the food stop at the end. We've not done that route yet so we'll have to give it a try, it sounds delightful.
It was great to talk bikes with Caren and we were super excited to check out her 50cm road bike with 650c wheels. It's about time we got ourselves some actual little wheels. Her frames are perfect with so much attention to detail and she even paints them herself too. We both really appreciate craftsmanship and function mixed with aesthetics so we can't help but love Caren's frames.