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London-based fixie frame specialist branches out

London-based steel frame specialist Brother Cycles has just increased its range 50 percent with the introduction of a Reynolds 631 steel road frame to go with its existing chromoly steel and Reynolds 631 track frames.

Will and James Meyer – the eponymous brothers of the firm – started Brother Cycles just two years ago, after hatching the idea back in 2008. Their track frames have gone down well on the no-gears scene, and fixie fans will find plenty to salivate over in the gallery on their website. They now have dealers in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Antwerp, and Athens, and are planning to expand into North America by 2013.

The new frame is a classically-simple old-school road frame with horizontal top tube, lugged construction and even a one-inch threaded fork. It will be available from next month from Brother's website and the company's dealers including Tokyo Fixed and Fitzrovia Cycles in London.

The initial run of frames will be available in 55cm, 57cm and 59cm sizes, and will cost £499.

It's a real nostalgia trip for those of us who grew up riding (and selling!) bikes like this. Ben Pickett and Emma Tunstill have captured the essence very nicely in this video:

For more information, get over to Brother Cycles

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.