Ordinary Bike Replica
“It’s all about the details”
In order to produce a bike that looks and rides period everything is handmade from scratch in the UK. We even make hollow crescent wheel rims as used on original bikes. Parts are not mass made via CNC or Laser cutting but are all done the old fashioned way on a manual milling machine and lathe it takes at least one month to produce each bike. We use TIG welding and oxy acetylene brazing depending on the project, every weld and component is hand filed to give the smooth cast look.
How it all started
Christian has always been a keen cyclist riding vintage bikes from an early age. His interest in engineering all started as a child working on projects with his Grandad a retired engineer. When getting into vintage cars and motor bikes things naturally progressed making unobtainable parts and modifications. While building and restoring custom motorcycles he made his own components such as pistons and clutch houses from scratch.
Why Penny Farthings?
While looking for an unusual project the penny farthing idea came about this was something he always wanted. A year later the first bike was complete everything made from scratch, even a 48” handmade pneumatic tire. This interest quickly progressed to a quest to produce a bike that has the look and feel of an early bike.
He can be seen riding his prototype on the BBC website after been shown on the BBC Look North show.
Media Coverage from the early days: