Ron Cooper on Ron Cooper

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Ron Cooper is a legend in frame-building. He started as a fifteen-year-old apprentice with A.S. Gillott, and his frames have come to define the very best of the British lightweight style. He talks about the early days learning from master frame-builders like Jim Collier and Bill Philbrook, his own racing career and his commercial success in the US in the 1970s. Along the way he explains the technique and motivation needed to hand build more than 7,000 racing frames. Having turned 79 in June this year, Ron Cooper is still building three mornings a week.

Look out for the cover story in Rouleur 19 on Ron Cooper, with photos (including the above) by Nadav Kander.

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  • Ted

    Raced a Cooper from early seventies until 1999,. Had to repaint three times. Magnificant feel while on my local Vermont hills. It hangs on my wall nag get out from time to time. I owe mr. Cooper a lot for all the joy and pleasure he gave racing across our green hills . Thank you ever so much. Ted Cronin

  • John the Monkey

    Fantastic interview Jack, and very nicely handled (the odd prompt to keep things moving, but not obtrusive or in the way of Mr. Cooper telling his story). One of my favourite bike shows for sure.

  • Mark Stevens

    I think that the track rider Ron is having trouble remembering would be George Senftleben from Luxembourg. He rode a Gillott track bike. I would love to know which other Champions Ron built frames for.

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  • Suzanne Ahern

    Ron you built me a road and track bike back in the 70s and I would like you to buildn you to build me another as you are still the best- Suzanne Ahern 34th Normads

  • Sslimandy

    Ron is a genius, and a very nice man!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.holland.543 Peter Holland

    RIP Ron Cooper

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  • arcsinice

    Phenomenal individual, first and last via his character and personality……., you’d never meet a nicer individual…………………. His design, workmanship placed him in a near unparalleled league of his own. Really Few to this day have any idea as to how superior his frames are. I thank him for many things always, most of all his eternal kindness and friendship.