Today’s Readers’ Rig may come from England but it’s certainly not a standard British machine and with its Bottecchia frame and custom painted parts by its owner Phil this is a bike that certainly stands out.
Name: Phil Callow
Groupset: Sram Red
Wheels: Miche Supertype tubs
Pedals: Look Kéo titanium
Saddle: Full carbon Prologo
Calipers: TRP Carbon fibre
Weight: 6.4 kilo’s
When and why did you buy this bike?
I bought the frame a few years ago because I was looking for something I wouldn’t see in my neck of the woods. I saw the frame ridden by an Aqua e Sapone rider in an American magazine so I tried to hunt one down all over the place and you wouldn’t believe it but I finally found one in a bike shop just 5 miles from me!
Why go for just the frame option?
Well, buying a frame gave me pretty much a free hand to do what I wanted so I bought items which I thought were pretty and light, I like to mix and match. I also just put some airbrushed cinelli rams on which have really changed the look – I do the artwork myself.
Custom painted handlebars done by Phil himself
The artwork is impressive Phil and certainly changes the look of the machine. Are you an artist by trade?
No, I’m not an artist by trade, I’m a toolmaker in fact but as a lad I always wanted to go to art school. At the moment I just work on handlebars and maybe seat posts to match and loads of friends want me to do their winter frames but it’s bit of a jump from handlebars to frames. It’s just something I do in my spare time and love it.
Some more of Phil’s work for friends this time
The bars look amazing. How do you go about painting them like that?
I tend to use a good plastic primer followed by a white base coat then start with some white pearls followed by some candies. It’s great that you like my artwork – I went to a local shop and they were even keen to sell some of my work but at the moment it’s just a hobby.
How many miles/kms per year do you do?
I ride 8000 miles a year and my favorite area for riding would be the Pyrenees although I have also been going to Italy for about 12 years.
Back to Phil’s bike now with some funky TRP brakes …
… and yet more of Phil’s artwork on the seatpost.
Favorite riding experience?
Riding with my mates of course when the sun is out – not that often in England!
Any future upgrades planned? last words?
Not sure about upgrades as I’ve got it pretty much covered I think. As for last words I have to say that I have checked your daily distraction page every day since day one! And if you want to check out some more of my cycling art I’ve started a blog at https://cyclingphil.blogspot.co.uk
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