My name is Pi Manson.
From my workshop in Bristol, I make award winning custom bicycles and components. I’ve been immersed in cycling from childhood, spent my adult life as a mountain bike guide, a mechanic and a frame builder. My bikes are strong, utilitarian, beautiful. My custom components have featured on award winning show bikes, been ragged by hard working messengers, and abused on long bike tours.
I believe in:
utilitarianism, truth to materials and remembering cycling’s history.
Those beliefs shape my bikes.
I don’t chrome plate things, nor polish up stainless, or file my fillet brazed joints. Un-filed fillets show the process, the maker’s marks. A raw fillet is honest, beautiful as it is. My bikes reject the macho racing culture that permeates cycling, the simple powdercoats shout “it’s just a bike, get over it” and the racks howl for having a picnic or building supplies or firewood thrown on and pedalled off.
I do what I can to simplify, to make a handmade object as affordable as I can. My bikes are characterised by their essential utility.