Darren Barber began working part time in a London bicycle shop at age 12.
At age 14 he was the youngest person ever to complete the Man vs Horse race in Wales, the following year he finished 39th out of over 500 competitors. Darren has competed in many regional and long distance races including London to Edinburgh in 3 days.
By the age of 19 Darren was a Partner at Covent Garden Cycles and went on to own his own bicycle shop, Chaingang, at age 24. In June 1997, Chaingang was certified as an Official Shimano Service Centre.
Darren studied under the guidance of Tom Board who began his own apprenticeship in 1949 with PARIS. Darren worked and studied with Tom until 2004. Darren qualified as a Master Framebuilder in 1999.
Darren arranges and takes part in yearly bike rides, such as coast to coast with friends and donates all sponsorship monies to charities, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital. Previously Darren instructed weekly courses in conjunction with St Mungos Broadway, teaching the homeless and disadvantaged to build bicycle frames, helping with confidence, prospects of future employment and giving opportunity for students to travel to interviews. All of Darren’s students graduated.
Phoenix Hotworks exhibited at Bespoked 2015 Handmade bicycle show in Bristol. We will be exhibiting again at Bespoked 2016.