He was introduced to FiftyOne through a buddy whilst on a cycling holiday in Majorca, where Jeffrey was riding a custom titanium bike. It was a great bike, but Jeffrey’s ability lay in the hills, which was hindered due to the extra weight. His friend Paul was riding his own FiftyOne and it was the paint job that initially drew Jeffrey’s attention. He would ride beside Paul all day in awe of the colour and design of the bike, constantly prodding and inquiring about it.
On the flight home to the US, Jeffrey’s titanium frame was badly damaged. It wasn’t long after he got home that he was participating in the Bloomin’ Metric Charity Ride in Connecticut, but he was without a bike. Paul offered to lend him his custom FiftyOne, as the two men were of a very similar size and stature. Jeffrey accepted.
“Riding the FiftyOne was a defining moment for me,” he said. “It did everything I expected, but in an exceptional way.” That bike was not even designed with him in mind, yet it served him better than any custom bike he had ever mounted. “Most bikes I’ve had are usually brilliant at one thing, but this bike had absolutely everything. I had to have it.”
Jeffrey comes from a family of artists and when it came to the paint job, he knew exactly what he wanted. “The bike is only about cycling.” He didn’t want any other references on it and settled on a subtle yet beautiful design. “For me it’s like getting a fine G&T and then mixing a glass of red wine into it.”
Unlike a lot of cyclists, Jeffrey’s fondness of bikes is not hereditary. As a kid, the bike gave him a great sense of freedom, and even to this day the bike makes him feel like that free kid again.