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.
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
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.
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.
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/
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
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