ISSUE 87  |  Into the Wild

The New Taxidermy, Cyclists Edition

August 27, 2013 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

“Bicycle Taxidermy was a side project born out of too many sleepless nights at the Royal College of Art and a homesickness for the rugged Highlands,” founder Regan Appleton says. “It began when I created a memento mori out of my father’s prized but long discarded mountain and road bikes.”

Appleton provides what he calls a “taxidermy service,” mounting client’s steeds on a scorched or bleached European oak plaque “made by Mick, a local joiner. The plaque is engraved with the horned beast’s model, pet name, dates ridden, and commemorative years.” Alternatively, you can order a premade mount in a variety of handlebar styles; visit Bicycle Taxidermy to see the current offerings.

Above: The Drop is £199.

Above: A set of five Taxidermy Steeds is £600.

Above: A detail of the blackened ash mount.

Above: The Pursuit is £199.

Above: An example of the available engraving.