Yeats path racer
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Yeats Path Racer

5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


Hand brazed steel in classic Racing Green, matched with honey leather and cream tyres. A most stylish build as much at home on the gritty city streets as it is the gravel paths and country lanes.

Please allow at least a four week waiting period for delivery. You can’t rush quality. Each one is made to order so they are bespoke.

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Gearing options

Comes as single speed freewheel by default, or choose from a variety of multispeed options


By default we use Sturmey Archer drum brakes (lower maintenance), however we can also use regular caliper brakes (better for lots of long descents), or even coaster brakes (Dutch-style backpedal brake on the rear). So if you want drum brakes front and rear leave this alone

Wooden Fenders

Add a set of wooden mudguards, front and rear

Tannus solid, no puncture tyre

Solid tyre by Tannus. No air, no punctures. 23c cream coloured

Rear carrier

Rear rack with wooden platform by Wald

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“Cast a cold eye on life, on death. Riders, pass by.” – WB Yeats

Hand brazed steel in classic Racing Green, matched with honey leather and cream tyres. A most stylish build as much at home on the gritty city streets as it is the gravel paths and country lanes of Ben Bulben.

Compact geometry makes for a nimble and agile machine, excellent in traffic, while the short wheel base gives an unexpected bonus in terms of storage space. The classic moustache handlebar not only gives Yeats a vintage appeal but also offer multiple hand positions for comfort on longer rides. Flipped up they give a more laid back, upright position with a commanding view of the landscape (or traffic) around you; flipped down (as shown) they give a more sporty and aggressive position. We will call you to confirm your choice. Spring loaded brake levers and shifters (geared models only) are fitted to the bar ends, keeping them accessible but out of the way. The handlebars are finished with real leather bar tape, stylish, classy and hard wearing, colour matched to the saddle. The vegan alternative is colour matched cloth tape, just like they used to use back in the day.

The wheels are hand built to a special order in the UK around Sturmey Archer hubs. We’ve standardised on the Sturmey Archer drum brake for front and rear. This means the entire system is encased in the hub, making it maintenance free. No slipping in the wet, no brake pads to change and nothing to go out of alignment. The hubs are laced to double walled alloy rims with stainless spokes, ensuring a stiff, reliable ride and the wheels are finished with Schwalbe puncture protection tyres.

Part of the experience you don’t get from an off-the-peg build is personalisation as standard. We’ll give you a shout after your order is made to check what length and rise stem you would like to make sure the cockpit is comfortable. As well as discussing the gear configuration (front and rear cogs) to make sure your gearing is fit for purpose.

Gearing and multispeed options:

Single speed with drum brakes front and rear

Two speed kickshift with coaster brake – a two speed with no cables, you kick back to change gear and apply more backward pressure to brake. Drum brake on the front

Three speed freewheel with drum brakes front and rear

Five speed freewheel with drum brakes front and rear

Optional extras

Wooden mudguards front and rear 

Rear carrier with wooden platform

Lighting kit

Puncture proof tyres. Solid tyres. Install, forget. Never get a puncture or lose air.


Frame: 8Ball Cyclery single speed frame made from CrMo 4130 steel in racing green.

Wheels: Super stiff 700c wheels. Sealed bearing Sturmey Archer hubs with drum brake as standard laced to silver double wall rims with stainless spokes and eyelets.

Tyres: Schwalbe Spicer in cream. 30mm diameter to soak up the bumps with puncture protection and safety line reflection.

Crankset: Sturmey Archer track crankset with Stronglight chainring.

Pedals: System Ex quill pedals.

Handlebars: Nitto moustache bars with bar end levers or shifters. Honey leather bar tape or cloth tape.

Saddle: Full leather Brooks B17 saddle in honey. Microfibre alternative available.

Headset & Bottom Bracket: Alloy with sealed cartridge bearings to keep water and grit out.

Extras: Brass knocking bell with a delightful ring. Leather unique number tab; leather lifting strap.


8ballbike sizing

Rider Height Rider Inside Leg Recommended Frame Size CM 8Ball Bike Size
5’5″ – 5’7″ 29″ – 31″ 52cm Small
5’7″ – 5’9″ 30″ – 32″ 52cm or 55cm Small or Medium
5’9″ – 5’11″ 31″ – 33″ 55cm Medium
5’11 – 6’2″ 32″ – 34″ 59cm or 55cm Large or Medium

For other sizes get in touch, we can accommodate everyone.

Please allow at least four weeks for delivery. You can’t rush quality. Each bike is handmade to order. 

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1 review for Yeats Path Racer

  1. 5 out of 5


    I met James of 8 ball bikes at the L’Eroica Britannia, held in the beautiful surroundings of Bakewell.

    His philosophy was so refreshing to me, I knew I wanted to purchase a retro looking machine with attention to detail in mind; and clapped eyes on the Yeats model he had on show.

    Naturally to me, I purchased a Yeats bike 2 months on from the Eroica, it fitted the brief of what I was looking for down to a tee.
    James was very attentive throughout the buying experience and bent over backwards to get things right.

    My Yeats bike had the 3 speed gear option. As a bike novice I needed guidance on setup, again James provided me with a step by step guide and sent numerous pictorial guides via email.

    I have no hesitation recommending this artisan bike builder to anyone looking for something a bit different.
    Best of luck 8 ball!

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