My route to professional wheel builder and rider has not been a conventional one. Chronically unfit, I studied Archaeology at University and was inspired to take up running and triathlon by my parents. My mother waged a bet she could beat me in a 10K road race (she never did!), and my father was a keen triathlete in the early years of the sport in the UK (my London Triathlon 1998 spectators T-Shirt is a little tight 20 years after I saw him race, aged 13).
After graduating in 2007 I worked as a professional archaeologist both in the UK and Middle East: Jordan, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Iraq, training in my spare time to compete in Half and Full Ironman triathlon, and sportive cycling events.
Persistent running injuries pushed me increasingly toward the bike and in 2012 I made my first cycling trip to the French Alps. It was love at first sight, and my passion for the mountains is something I don’t think will ever leave me.
Leaving my job in archaeology shortly afterwards I decided to immerse myself deeper in the sport that I love: carrying out an apprenticeship at the UK’s biggest hand built specialist. Over a period of 5 years my skills enabled me to progress to Master Wheel Builder and Workshop Manager.
All the while my cycling was improving, and I made numerous trips back to the Haute Alps to ride fast alpine descents and take part in events such as the Marmotte Granfondo.
There is something about climbing in the mountains that makes me feel alive.
The brutal simplicity of riding up a relentless gradient, the sound of cowbells in quiet valleys and the cold mountain air make it an intoxicating environment in which I really feel at home. Relaxed despite the suffering.
I’ve built hundreds, if not thousands of wheels for riders just starting out, right through to Olympic medallists and Tour de France winners. Each pair is built with the same precision and attention to detail and stems from an in depth technical understanding of what it takes to build a good wheel.
I have a meticulous attention to detail, and as a road cyclist, I have a willingness to understand the needs of each of my clients and work together with them to create a bespoke wheel which meets their expectations perfectly.
Sharp Precision Wheels is my opportunity to take full control of the wheel building process and customer experience. I want to educate my clients and involve them in the process as much as possible, delivering the best after sales care that I can. By purchasing from Sharp Precision Wheels you are becoming a part of something bigger: I hope to gain loyal friends as well as loyal customers, so that we can share in our love of cycling and create something unique together. My brand and identity are important to me, and I hope they will be something you’ll be proud of too.
I operate a workshop in Billingshurst, West Sussex. It is a space which helps me relax and be creative so that I can do the best job possible for you.
From the unique Birth Certificate which is hand stamped and supplied with every wheelset, to the full Care Instructions brochure, every detail has been carefully considered to ensure your purchase from Sharp Precision Wheels is a fulfilling one. Purchasing a hand built wheel is a unique and rewarding experience and these finishing touches are indicators of the focus and expertise directed at each unique client.
Clients are welcome at any time by appointment, to view products, receive technical tuition, or just chat wheels on a comfy sofa over some coffee and cake.
In my spare time, you’ll likely find me riding Sussex greatest climbs, working on my 1995 Mazda MX-3, or cooking for friends and family.
Head over to the Process page to learn more about the wheelbuilding and ordering process, or use the Contact page to get in touch and discuss your next pair of performance road or gravel wheels.
You have to ride a bike to understand a good wheel, but good food and good friends will put fuel and motivation in the tank for the miles ahead!