As a youngster I had an interest in how things work. Being raised in a family of cyclists, bikes became an obvious focal point for me, but the first pair of wheels I ever built were born out of necessity as opposed to curiosity and the first frame was, well, because I had some ideas I wanted to try out.


As a schoolboy I became the National Grass Track and Cross Country Mountain Bike champion, before eventually progressing to downhill racing and representing my country at the World Championships in ‘97. I was pretty hard on my bikes; broken rims and bent wheels were a regular occurrence. As an unsponsored rider, paying someone to repair, or assemble replacement parts became an expensive pastime, which my Saturday job wages couldn’t sustain. To save money, the logical thing to do was to build my wheels and machine bicycle parts myself. I have never ridden a wheel built by anyone but me since then and now I'm building frames, it's rare to find me on someone else's work.


Having studied and worked as an engineer for just shy of two decades, whilst still cycling, I have continued to build wheels for myself, family and friends and a few fantastic frames have now joined the ranks as well. Throughout these years, I have come to recognise what works and, crucially, what doesn't. This allows me to tailor a wheel build or frame to suit the rider's weight, style and purpose perfectly, first under the name August Wheelworks and now, as part of August Bicycles.


Many people assume that I completed a framebuilding course but I took a more old fashioned route into the industry, by transferring my engineering experience and working with an established builder for an extended period of time. Learn by doing, every day, that's how I think skills are developed to their best and it's a practice I still adhere to.


My wheels are currently rolling under world champions, show winning bicycles, high-speed track bikes and many other people around the world. My frames are becoming known for the subtle yet time-consuming touches that help them to stand out from mere collections of catalogue parts that have been stuck together and finished with a fancy paint job. The aim is that, in bare metal, you'll know an August and appreciate the integrated design work that goes into making every frame custom, in the true sense of the word.


Gav Buxton.