Slow Bicycles Portfolio
FORM MEETS FUNCTIONA few summers ago, I moved to London to travel and                                      One detail led ...
WHAT I WANT: (Research/Brainstorming)                                   SEARCH:I want to create a bicycle that reminds me ...
Slow Bicycles Price Plan (Patterened Prices)						                                     Cost   		        RetailFrame			    ...
(Prices Cont.)Saddles                                   Wheels-b17						              $57			     $70    -Wein. DP18 Pol. f...
Implementation
est.  2010Slow  Bicycles
VisionI want to create a bicycle that reminds us of a simpler time.A time when quality was more important than quantity.A ...
AstheticClean, classic, and minimal are words you can use to describeour approach. We derive our style from classic Europe...
ObservationCompanies I draw from:http://www.sogreni.dk/Bicycles.phphttp://www.recykel.dk/%5B_ri_saikl_%5D.htmlhttp://www.p...
Inspiration
ResearchAfter much research from forums, chats, bicycle shops,and carriers I came to the conclusion that I could not findw...
FramesEnter, Slow Bicycles Frames and Models.Traditional Framesets Designed in Austin:1. Classic Reynolds 531 Tubing (From...
Models(No. 133)						                         Price   (No. 139)						                         PriceFrame: 		        Custom...
Resourceshttps://www.missionbicycle.com/http://www.velomine.com/http://www.bertellibici.com/Suppliershttp://www.maxway.com...
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Slow Bicycles Portfolio

  1. 1. Slow Bicycles Portfolio
  2. 2. FORM MEETS FUNCTIONA few summers ago, I moved to London to travel and  One detail led to another: frame geometry, threading and sizes, tools, mecha- nisms, and gear efficiencies.  It all seemed so overwhelming, but I knew if I just live in and experience a foreign country and culture.   took it one step at a time I could overcome the task.  Finally, I completed my first While traveling I became enthralled with the beauty and  bike.  It was a roadster of the British tradition.  My hard work and long hours of practicality that cycling encompasses in Europe. detailed dedication had paid off!  Unfortunately, the frame ended up being too  short, the handlebars didnít sit quite right, and the chainring was the wrong mea- surement, but the knowledge and experience I had gained were invaluable and led   Before this time, I had never really considered cycling as both a pragmatic  me to my next effort.  This was another roadster, but with twist of Dutch comfort.  and artful means of function.  For the longest time in the US, cheap and inferior  It was a ì masterpieceî , or so I thought, although I soon learned it was too long products have been pushed to consumers, destined for early failure and capital  for me and the gears I had chosen didnít quite engage like I had imagined.  So, I re-purchasing.  In Europe, however, the bicycle lives as an extension of the human  went back to the drawing board.  This time, I had created a functional represen-experience. It is about much more than sport or transport, it has been an altruistic  tation of my vision that I was satisfied with.  It was my take on a vintage Japa-function from form, and it is the very definition of this sense.   nese single speed, with a salvaged frame and thoughtfully chosen components to  accent it.  It had taken months to achieve, but I couldnít quit because I knew the   When I returned home I began obsessing over the bicycles I had  satisfaction that lay at completion.  experienced in Europe; the efficiency of their gears, the beauty of their design, and the practicality they embellished.  There were a few specialty shops that sold them    Iíve ridden this bike for a year now.  Last night I rode it to the shop and here in the States, but due to import tariffs and shipping they were marked far too  carried home my groceries.  At that moment, a subtle beauty and gratifying feeling high for my means at the time.  So, I decided to do it myself, to create my own of completion overcame me.  I had solely created this design, researched the most “artwork”, and use my passion and resourcefulness to bring this idea into appropriate components, taught myself the mechanics, and implemented the idea, reality.  I researched quite a bit, and learned about the qualities and details that  and here a year later, that idea was being realized.  My form had indeed met its made the bikes I had fallen in love with in Europe so special.  There was the  function!utilitarian quality of internal gears, the pragmatism of rack casings and fenders, the comfort of leather saddles and wider tires, and the classic design of lugged frames and rod brakes.
  3. 3. WHAT I WANT: (Research/Brainstorming) SEARCH:I want to create a bicycle that reminds me of a simpler time. A time After much research from forums, chats, bicycle shops, and carriers Iwhen quality was more important than quantity. A time when design and came to the conclusion that I could not find what I was looking for un-function where not mutually exclusive, but shared a common vision. A less I wanted to pay a high premium or try and re-work vintage piecesvision of practicality, style, and pleasure. (which all too often require more matainence than they are worth, and are not readily accessible). This sort of form and function no longer ex-At Slow Bicycles, we hope to embrace this philosophy. isted except in expensive niche markets. I want to offer this quality and beauty at a reasonable and accessible price, so all can enjoy.STYLE: IDEA:Clean, classic, and minimal are words you can use to describe our ap-proach. We derive our style from classic European influences. British If I could not find what I wanted, maybe I should start it myself.Path Racers, French Porteurs, Dutch Comfort, and Danish Design Phi-losophy mark our tradition. Enter, Slow Bicycles brand. Traditional Framesets Designed in Austin: -Classic 531 Tubing (The Best You Buy in the Bygone era!)EXAMPLES: -Lugged Joints (They may weigh a bit more, but they are the strongest and longest lasting way to build a bike)-Sogreni -Threaded Forks (Classic Style and Function!)-Recyckel -Track Ends (Versitility and Ease of Use)-Cooper -Relaxed Yet Quick Geometry-Mercian -Minimal Design with Choice of Branding-Pashley-Gazelle And,-VelorbisVintage: Two Models:-Porteurs-Path Racers No. 139-Alien and-Bertelli No. 133
  4. 4. Slow Bicycles Price Plan (Patterened Prices) Cost RetailFrame Handle Bars (check out eai)-Maxway $120-150 $300 -Nitto Straight $18 $25 -Kalloy Straight $20Bottom Brackets -Nitto Track CrMo b123 $52 $65-Andel/Cobra (68x110) $20 -Kalloy Track $25-RPM/Sugino (68x103) $22 -Nitto Swept Back $30.5 $38-Sugino JIS (68x103) $30 -Kalloy Tourist al081 $16-Tange $22 -Nitto North Road b352 $50 -Sunlite North Road $10.79 $15Brakes -NItto Bullhorn $39 $50-Tektro r350 front $17 -Sunlite Bullhorn $11.89 $17-Tektro r320 $15 -Nitto Moustache $55 $65 -NItto RB-009 $50Brake Levers -Nitto Promenade $32 $40-Tektro Cross $16 -Nitto NordEast $21 $30-Tektro 313a Right or Left $4.25 $10-Tektro 4.1 Inverse $15 $20 Headsets-Gran Compe Silver $50 -Tange Levin NJS $20 $28 -Tange CDS $14 $20Cranks-Andel $80 Pedals-Sugino RD $75 $90 -MKS Sylvan Track $17.5 $25 -MKS Sylvan Touring $17.75 $25Grips -MKS Stream $18.75 $30-Dimension Leather Stitched $8.75 $15-Hunte-Wilde $4 $10-Brooks Leather $50 $60
  5. 5. (Prices Cont.)Saddles Wheels-b17 $57 $70 -Wein. DP18 Pol. fx/fx sb $110 $140-b17 special $80 $92 -Wein. Dp18 Pol. Loose $82 $100-flyer $65 $80 -Sun M13II Pol. fx.fw $82 $100-flyer special $95 $110 -Vel. Deep V Pol. fx/fx $194 $220-team pro classic $70 $85 -Vel. deep V Non Pol $179 $200-b17 narrow $65 $80 -Mavic Open Pro/Dura Ace $380-b67 $65 $80 -Mavic CPX22 $114 $150Seatpost-Kalloy Radiussed $12. $18-Nitto Dynamic $54 $75Stems-Nitto Technomic $32 $40-Nitto Dynamic $36 $45-Nitto Deluxe $89-Nitto Jaguar $89-Kalloy $15Tires-Ruffy Tuffy $29.5 $40-Pasela TG $15.9 $22-Pasela $11.9 $17-Pasela Whte $22.9 $30
  6. 6. Implementation
  7. 7. est. 2010Slow Bicycles
  8. 8. VisionI want to create a bicycle that reminds us of a simpler time.A time when quality was more important than quantity.A time when design and function where not mutually exclusive,but shared a common vision. A vision of practicality, style,and pleasure.At Slow Bicycles, we hope to embrace this philosophy.
  9. 9. AstheticClean, classic, and minimal are words you can use to describeour approach. We derive our style from classic European influences.British Path Racers, French Porteurs, Dutch Comfort, andDanish Design Philosophy mark our tradition.
  10. 10. ObservationCompanies I draw from:http://www.sogreni.dk/Bicycles.phphttp://www.recykel.dk/%5B_ri_saikl_%5D.htmlhttp://www.pashley.co.uk/http://www.pashley.co.uk/http://www.cooperbikes.com/http://www.velorbis.com/
  11. 11. Inspiration
  12. 12. ResearchAfter much research from forums, chats, bicycle shops,and carriers I came to the conclusion that I could not findwhat I was looking for unless I wanted to pay a high premiumor try and re-work vintage pieces (which all too often requiremore matainence than they are worth, and are not readilyaccessible). This sort of form and function no longerexisted except in expensive niche markets.I want to offer this quality and beauty at a reasonableand accessible
  13. 13. FramesEnter, Slow Bicycles Frames and Models.Traditional Framesets Designed in Austin:1. Classic Reynolds 531 Tubing (From a Bygone era)2. Lugged Joints (Strongest Way to Build a Bike)3. Threaded Forks (Classic Style and Function)4. Track Ends (Versitility and Ease of Use)5. Relaxed Yet Quick Geometry6. Minimal Design with Choice of Branding
  14. 14. Models(No. 133) Price (No. 139) PriceFrame: Custom $300 Frame: Custom $300BB: Andel $20 BB: RPM/Sugino $20Crankset: Andel $80 Crankset: Sugino RD $100Grips: Hunte or Dimension $10 Grips: Brooks $60Handle Bars: Kalloy/Sunlite $15 Handle Bars: NItto $40Headset: Tange NJS $25 Headset: Tange NJS $25Pedals: MKS Sylvan $20 Pedals: MKS Sylvan $20Saddle: Brooks B17 $65 Saddle: Brooks B17 Special $90Seatpost: Kalloy $20 Seatpost: Nitto Dynamic $70Stem: Kalloy $20 Stem: Nitto Dynamic $45Tires: Pasela $20 Tires: Pasela TG $25Wheels: Sun M13II $100 Wheels: Deep V $200Total $695 Total $995
  15. 15. Resourceshttps://www.missionbicycle.com/http://www.velomine.com/http://www.bertellibici.com/Suppliershttp://www.maxway.com.tw/http://www.maxone.com.tw/http://www.y-s-paint.com.tw/http://www.jbimporters.com/web/http://www.qbp.com/http://www.euroasiaimports.com/
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