The purity of the material, the quality of the ride

I would cycle to Cycles Dauphin on Box Hill, a cycling mecca at the time, and a popular Sunday ride out from London. The shop sold all the best Italian brands and I would often go in and wander round with no cash in my pocket, lusting after all these beautiful bikes. The one I really wanted was a Pinarello because my favourite rider, Pedro Delgado, rode one.

Eventually I saved enough (£400 - equivalent to a couple of months' salary in 1984) to buy the frame – a blue Montello – which was Pinarello's best model. I had an older bike that would provide some donor parts to begin with, and then I slowly upgraded it with a wish list of components.

Damon Fisher has been riding bikes since he was tiny, one of his earliest memories is of pootling along on his little bike behind his Dad. His parents had met at a cycling club (Norwood Paragon – still going strong) and there were always bikes and parts around the house.

After a career as a graphic designer, in 2013, Damon and Mark Reilly opened Reilly Cycleworks in Brighton. What started as a pitch to redesign Mark’s existing brand turned into a working partnership and a new project and business, which has evolved into a workshop and manufacturing company, specialising in titanium frames.

A lot of graphic designers and photographers are attracted to cycling – the visuals of the sport, the spectacle, location, clothing, branding – everything about it has such a powerful aesthetic.

I do still ride the Pinarello occasionally, in fact I’m planning on doing the Eroica Montalcino in Italy in May, which is why it’s currently in pieces. I tend to take it out for a spin at the beginning of the season – after more than 30 years, it’s become a familiar old friend.