Olympic cyclist Elinor Barker races on Reynolds 953

Great Britain and Wales track cyclist Elinor Barker has become a ‘woman of steel’ after taking delivery of a custom-made bike from Brian Rourke Cycles.

The double Commonwealth Games medal winner has opted for a Reynolds 953 stainless steel frame to replace her previous carbon version. On the road, Barker was the 2012 junior world time trial champion. She won a gold medal in the Team Pursuit at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honors for services to cycling.

“It’s really light, very strong and ultra responsive, so we hope it’ll serve her well. Most track racers have grown up with a stock carbon bike and have never realised how fantastic a steel frame can be. As far as I’m concerned steel is still the best and I can’t wait to see her reaction as she races on it for the first time. We’ve made bikes for Reg Harris, the five-time world champion and he, like my dad (Brian Rourke), can’t understand how people can race on carbon frames.” said Brian Rourke of Rourke Cycles.


Barker competes for Wales, Great Britain and Stoke-on-Trent-based Team Matrix, where club-mate Laura Trott already races using a Rourke bike.

“We were thrilled to make a bike for Laura earlier this year and it’s brilliant to link up with Team Matrix again. They are doing a fantastic job for cycling in the Potteries; and we hope we can help them as much as we can. We have been doing a bit for the Great Britain track squad. When a stock bike doesn’t feel quite comfortable we can come in and make a difference. It’s a proud moment to see a Rourke bike, but it’s always about the cyclist. We just try to help them fulfil their potential.” said Brian Rourke of Rourke Cycles.

What kind of bike are you riding? Steel, Carbon, Titanium?

5 Comments Add yours

  1. bgddyjim says:

    How can people race on carbon frames?! Real, real fast. That’s how!

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    1. I love my carbon bike, but there is something about a quality steel bike as well.

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      1. bgddyjim says:

        I have a steel tandem and dig it. It is an exceptionally comfortable bike but when I want to go, my Venge is the only bike I’d turn to.

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  2. Matt Jacobs says:

    Steel is real. That is all


  3. Haldy says:

    Steel, steel and more steel! I have 2 custom Don Walker track steeds, and my road stable boasts, 2 Don Walkers, A Della Santa, and a DeRosa. All Steel..


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