Okay, That's It.

One of the points of pride that I have about DudeCraft is that it's relatively rant-free. Just a nice, daily repository of positive, creative energy that you can take with you into your day. Except when it comes to bicycles. Why is that? I think it's funny that I get so mad about bicycles, but there it is. I think it's mostly about companies that try to hoodwink people into buying some incredibly expensive bike that could easily be built at home for much less, or it could be about the overdesigned hyperbikes of the future that claim to solve problems that simply don't exist. Whatever it is, I'm sure mad about it.

Today's recipient of my ire is the above bike, designed by Anne Lehman for Norman-Copenhagen. What we have here, people, is a single speed, steel framed bicycle with a cute green seat and matching chain. Also, it looks to have a drum brake in front and some snazzy drop bars. Price: 1600 euros. Grrr. You could produce almost these exact results at home for under $500. Plus, what you gain in knowledge and pride by building your own bike is absolutely priceless.

Say no to overpriced bikes. Say yes to DIY. Power to the people!

via NotCot


  1. "Just a nice, daily repository of positive, creative energy that you can take with you into your day."
    That's why I love your blog!

    "Say yes to DIY. Power to the people!"
    Oh, you are so right :-)

    Lovely greetings from Vienna
    (also bicycle-addicted)

  2. Nice bike .I like the co-ordinated greens. BUT THE PRICE! AAARRRGGGHHH!

  3. Ever since the climate change summit thing, I've found most things involving the word "Copenhagen" immensely annoying.

    Curiously, this effect seems to be doubled if bikes are part of the equation as well.

    A couple of examples:

    The Copenhagen Wheel.

    RAFAA Bike Share System.

    See what I mean?

  4. I would love to build my own bike, any tips or good sites you would reccomend on how to go about it?

  5. Meowypants - I think the best thing to do is to see if there's a bike co-op in your town or somewhere that you can get a little help from someone who is knowledgeable about bikes. Building your own bike isn't terribly complicated, but it sure helps to have someone to guide you through the little weirdnesses that pop up during the process. Also, check out Sheldon Brown's site to start with:

    Good luck!