We lent the bike to Blakey, a local bike aficionado, friend and sometime customer. Here’s a link to a flickr set he’s made to document his weekend with the bike. You’ll notice we’ve stolen some of them for this post – he takes a nice photo. Blakey loved the bike and raved, in particular, about how it rides over rough ground. Not surprising since the bikes that it’s inspired by were used by Parisian newspaper deliverers over rough cobbles.
It’s a great bike for taking medium-sized loads and is prefect for around town. This is thanks to the frame geometry, which is optimized for carrying a load on the front, and running large-volume tyres, just like the old French bikes that inspired it. Blakey says it earned a lot of admiring looks, and it certainly looks right with something nice in the bidon cage.
This build came in at around $2500 and is going to another of our favourite customers, but we’ll be building more. If you’re interested, drop by and have a talk – because the frame is so versatile, radically different builds are an option – it could be run as a single speed or with a gear hub. I would really like to build one with drop bars and a small front rack that could be used for fast commuting and day trips in the country.