A Custom Bicycle with DIY Details by

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 14, 2013

A Custom Bicycle with DIY Details

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 14, 2013

The ultimate DIY bicycle? We think so. This chrome 1950s porteur-style bicycle, designed by Detail Creative Industries in East Yorkshire, is (mostly) one of a kind.

The chrome bike is inspired by designer Alex Hatfield, winner of the Bespoke Bristol Handmade Bicycle Show with his hand built porteur bike (featuring a price tag of £3,500). Detail Creative decide to make their own version for less by individually sourcing each part from eBay over a three-month period. The bike is custom built (meaning you can't buy it easily), but the Chrome Rack is $160 directly from Velo Orange and the Rack Wooden Slat Kit is available for £30.

Custom built porteur bicycle

Above: For more information on the custom bicycle project, visit Detail Creative Industries.

Oak wood slats on bicycle

Above: The handmade English Oak wood slats come with stainless steel or brass hardware and are varnished in the color of your choice. The slats can be used with or without the chrome rail.

Chrome bike frame

Above: Detail of the nickel-plated 1970s Carlton frame; visit Detail Creative Industries for more specifics on individual parts.

Brooks Swift Honey saddle

Above: A Brooks Swift Honey saddle sits on a System EX Polished Aluminum seatpost.

Custom built porteur style bicycle

Above: The full nickel and chrome bike with leather and Oak wood accents.

N.B.: For the bicycle enthusiast, see our all posts relating to Bicycles and Accessories in our archive.



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