As a young lad, Simon Aske had to ride to work on an ‘old banger’ and, even in those early days, he dreamed of creating his own bespoke bike. The bicycle is still a huge part of Simon’s life and his passion for designing and building custom bikes hasn’t wavered. He works from his Devon workshop and has built up quite a following.
A self-taught student of geometry, Simon dreamed of creating a better, more efficient machine. As carbon fibre bike technology advanced, he was amongst the first to seize on carbon fibre as the new and exciting material with which to create bespoke bike frames. Simon worked closely with Totnes-based Hotta to design and produce a ground-breaking ‘monocoque’ bike, which revolutionised frame design and won over leading riders such as Graeme Obree and Olympic Champion Chris Boardman, who used the machines in pursuit of records and medals.
Today Simon owns and manages Colin Lewis Cycles in Paignton, Devon and is the main sponsor of the Mid-Devon Cycling Club. Simon has remained true to his love of bespoke bike design and has drawn on his racing and experience to pursue his dream of making and selling custom steel bikes from his Devon workshop. Aske Frame No.1 came to fruition in 2016 and Aske Bikes has gone from strength to strength ever since.